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Enter the criminal underworld and solve a complex case all from the comfort of your favourite reading nook. Have a look at our Crime/Mystery selection to get your hands on the latest and greatest case and get mystery solving! You might also be interested in our Thriller and Suspense categories.
If you want something a little bit different, a little bit zany, dark, comic and absurd, then this is for you. At its core is the search for Misha the penguin, sadly abandoned in Death and the Penguin and although completely different, this has a feel of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels about it, only it’s the Russian mafia that our hero must confront. Comparisons: Carl Hiaasen, Charles Higson, Christopher Brookmyre. Similar this month: Gerald Seymour, Joseph Finder.
Despite threatening to wind-up this Botswana crime series as he develops an equally intriguing Scottish heroine, Isabel Dalhousie, Precious Ramotswe is still his most endearing character and I personally love the African lore and setting that surrounds her and her astute wisdom. This is the sixth in the series and the only one in 2005, but fans rejoice, I understand he has been persuaded to write another for next year. If you don’t know the series, then do start at the beginning with The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but as each tale is self-contained, you don’t have to. I would recommend him to everyone. He is different, utterly engaging, gentle and life affirming. Comparisons: none, but if you like Agatha Christie, Laurie Lee, Simon Brett.Similar this month: Gervase Phinn, Kate Long.
This is interesting. A few years ago Jonathan Kellerman moved publishers and joined his wife at Headline. I wondered at the time if this could put Headline in an awkward situation as one or other author might expect the same marketing spend, PR treatment and advertising campaign as the other. I even began to imagine their pillow-talk, but I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t foreseen this. A novella from each of them published to be read from either end of the book. The only similarity is that they are both feature cops, one in Santa Fe, one in Boston. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a nice collaboration that, if successful, is supposed to be the start of a series. But I wonder now if it will continue for Jonathan is on the move again; next year he will be published by Penguin. Anyway, these are good fun but perhaps a bit staccato. I can see film script written all over them!Comparisons: each other, John Sandford, James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver.Similar this month: Val McDermid, Mary Higgins Clark.
First in a new series from this top notch crime author, each of which will feature an endangered woman whose life, or childrenâ€™s lives are threatened
Brilliant new Easy Rawlins thriller from master crime writer Walter Mosley. Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965 the police turn up at Easy Rawlin's doorstep to ask for his help. A man was wrenched from his car by a mob at the riots' peak and escaped into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a redheaded woman known as Little Scarlet was found dead in that building - and the fleeing man is the obvious suspect. But the man has vanished. The police fear that their presence in certain neighbourhoods could spark a new inferno, so they ask Easy Rawlins to see what he can discover. The vanished man is the key, but he is only the beginning. Rawlins's hunt for the killer reveals a new city emerging from the ashes. Mosley's lean and musical vernacular captures the heat and the rhythm of Los Angeles' heart, where danger is the common currency of everyday life.
Definitely a talent to watch as his previous title â€˜Outside the white linesâ was one of our favourites of last year. This one is as stark and set in a human battery farm, rather like the Wasp factory shocking and dangerous reading
Amazingly this is a first novel and it really delivers. A fast paced violent thriller set in the Northern underworld
Book number two and a lot of history surrounds this compulsive tale, from Auschwitz to gangland America in the 50s and 60s but now our narrator is a woman, Annie, and my admiration for this author increases. We are treated to trauma, past and present, and lives that affect Annie deeply as the truth unfolds. It is breathtakingly good.
This is the 1st in a new detective series featuring the emotionally scarred gumshoe John March. Set in Manhattan amid a world of corruption and murder. No 2 is out in hardback in Feb
Originally published under the title Amangansett this is an atmospheric literary thriller. Hard to put down particularly for those fans who enjoyed the likes of Snow Falling on Cedars or The Shipping News
Italian crime writer, with a noir thriller featuring ex-con private detective Alligator. The Authorâ€™s own life story is incredibly dramatic: he went on the run after being charged with murder, was recaptured in Mexico, sent back to Italy, sentenced to prison and finally pardoned in 1993.
The Final Detail sees the return of the much-loved Myron Bolitar last heard of in â€˜One False Moveâ€™. It is classic Harlan Coben - powerful, moving and ultimately shocking. It tells of what a friend can sacrifice and how hard it is to save those you love - particularly from themselves.... This title is also available as an Audiobook in CD format.
From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.