Crime and Mystery

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.  

Picture You Dead

Picture You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2022

Discover the darkness that lurks around every corner in the latest instalment of Peter James’s award-winning detective series, which is now a major ITV programme starring John Simm as Roy Grace.

Thursday Murder Club Book 3

Thursday Murder Club Book 3

Author: Richard Osmond Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2022

A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. Coming Autumn 2022! Pre-order your copy now.

My Other Husband

My Other Husband

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2022

Someone's trying to frame me for murder. But I can't prove my innocence. Because then I'd have to confess about... my other husband. Cleo Forsum is a bestselling novelist turned scriptwriter whose TV series, 'The Baking Detective' is a huge success. Writing is all she's ever wanted to do, and baking and murder stories have proved a winning combination. But now she has decided to walk away from it all - including divorcing her husband, Wallace - before her past secrets catch up with her. As Cleo drafts the final ever episodes of the series, people she knows start getting hurt. And it's soon clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder. She thinks she knows why, but Cleo can't tell the police or prove her innocence. Because then she'd have to confess about her other husband . . . A series of terrifying murders. A set of complex lies. And a woman with no way to clear her name. My Other Husband is the latest gripping thriller from the Queen of The Big Reveal.

Books of the Month
The Last House on the Street

The Last House on the Street

Author: Diane Chamberlain Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2022

A small town divided by prejudice. A secret that won't remain silent... The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Silent Sister and Big Lies in a Small Town. This unmissable and gripping Book Club read will stay with you. 1965. A young white female student becomes involved in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina, falling in love with one of her fellow activists, a Black man, in a time and place where an interracial relationship must be hidden from family, friends and especially the reemerging Ku Klux Klan. As tensions rise in the town, she realises not everyone is who they appear to be. 2020. A recently widowed architect moves into the home she and her late husband designed, heartbroken that he will never cross the threshold. But when disturbing things begin to happen, it's clear that someone is sending her a warning. Who is trying to frighten her away, and why? Decades later, past and present are set to collide in the last house on the street...  

eBooks of the Month
A Corruption of Blood

A Corruption of Blood

Author: Ambrose Parry Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2022

A Raven and Fisher Mystery: Book 3 Edinburgh, 1850. This city will bleed you dry. Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman. Back in the townhouse of Dr James Simpson, Sarah Fisher has set her sights on learning to practise medicine. Almost everyone seems intent on dissuading her from this ambition, but when word reaches her that a woman has recently obtained a medical degree despite her gender, Sarah decides to seek her out. Raven's efforts to prove his former adversary's innocence are failing and he desperately needs Sarah's help. Putting their feelings for one another aside, their investigations take them to both extremes of Edinburgh's social divide, where they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
When You Are Mine

When You Are Mine

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2022

Join a fast-paced riveting read as it explodes out of the blocks and is so readable, you can just sink into the pages and allow yourself to be consumed by the story. Police Officer and daughter of a gangster Philomena finds herself in trouble when she arrests a detective after being called to potential domestic abuse. Award-winning author Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist working with clinical and forensic psychologists, and he knows how to make things feel real, to play with your thoughts and send them spiralling. The main character Phil narrates and feels on the edge of her own life, never quite fitting in. She is plunged into a world of pain and comes out fighting. I raised an eyebrow and became frustrated at some of her decisions, which shows just how invested I was in her. Some of the heavy-hitting topics range from domestic violence and revenge, to corruption within the old boys network, and they are contained within a thrilling and stimulating story with a whammy of an ending. When You Are Mine is a feisty, stimulating, and ultimately extremely satisfying read.

Books of the Month
The Last Party

The Last Party

Author: Clare Mackintosh Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2022

Oh my word, I’m jumping up and down with excitement over this one and so so glad to be in at the beginning of the DC Morgan mystery series. Clare Mackintosh certainly knows how to throw one heck of a reading party. Murder strikes on New Years Eve, DC Ffion Morgan is more than aware that there are plenty of suspects, and she just happens to be hiding a secret of her own. The first few pages set the mood quite perfectly, the adventure, the excitement, the body… The location is incredibly atmospheric, the village, holiday homes, and lake can be felt, even seen in glorious colourful detail. There are a fair number of characters to meet, but I didn’t ever feel lost, they all settled in and whether a walk-on part or main characters, I felt as though I knew every single one. Ffion is truly fabulous, her outward devil-may-care attitude clashes with her whip-smart intelligence. Local issues, grudges, scandal and slander swagger their way across the pages. The plotting is tight, with a wickedly barbed humour adding a real edge to proceedings. As I travelled backwards and forwards in time and information fell into place, the ending arrived to smack me in the face. This is a belter of a read in its own right, and as a start to a new series it’s given me goosebumps of anticipation. Sweeping in to join our Star Books list, The Last Party throws all the right moves, not only hugely entertaining, it’s remarkably compelling and clever too.

Star Books
Maror

Maror

Author: Lavie Tidhar Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2022

A multi-generational saga with cultural and political depth, drawing on the rich, often troubling recent history of Israel, for fans of A History of Seven Killings or The White Tiger. How do you build a nation? It takes statesmen and soldiers, farmers and factory workers, of course. But it also takes thieves, prostitutes and policemen. Nation-building demands sacrifice. And one man knows exactly where those bodies are buried: Cohen, a man who loves his country. A reasonable man for unreasonable times. A car bomb in the back streets of Tel Aviv. A diamond robbery in Haifa. Civil war in Lebanon. Rebel fighters in the Colombian jungle. A double murder in Los Angeles. How do they all connect? Only Cohen knows. Maror is the story of a war for a country's soul - a dazzling spread of narrative gunshots across four decades and three continents. It is a true story. All of these things happened.

My Name is Jensen

My Name is Jensen

Author: Heidi Amsinck Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2022

Guilty. One word on a beggar's cardboard sign. And now he is dead, stabbed in a wintry Copenhagen street, the second homeless victim in as many weeks. Dagbladet reporter Jensen, stumbling across the body on her way to work, calls her ex lover DI Henrik Jungersen. As, inevitably, old passions are rekindled, so are old regrets, and that is just the start of Jensen's troubles. The front page is an open goal, but nothing feels right..... When a third body turns up, it seems certain that a serial killer is on the loose. But why pick on the homeless? And is the link to an old murder case just a coincidence? With her teenage apprentice Gustav, Jensen soon finds herself putting everything on the line to discover exactly who is guilty ...

Debut Books of the Month
State of Terror

State of Terror

Author: Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

STATE OF TERROR follows a novice Secretary of State who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most. This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.

Audiobooks of the Month
Murder Under Her Skin

Murder Under Her Skin

Author: Stephen Spotswood Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

The perfect murder mystery for fans of Richard Osman and Robert Thorogood. New York, 1946: The last time Will Parker let a case get personal, she walked away with a broken face, a bruised ego, and the solemn promise never again to let her heart get in the way of her job. But she called Hart and Halloway's Travelling Circus and Sideshow home for five years, and Ruby Donner, the circus's tattooed ingenue, was her friend. To make matters worse the prime suspect is Valentin Kalishenko, the man who taught Will everything she knows about putting a knife where it needs to go. To uncover the real killer and keep Kalishenko from a date with the electric chair, Will and Ms. Pentecost join the circus in sleepy Stoppard, Virginia, where the locals like their cocktails mild, the past buried, and big-city detectives not at all. The two swiftly find themselves lost in a funhouse of lies as Will begins to realize that her former circus compatriots aren't playing it straight, and that her murdered friend might have been hiding a lot of secrets beneath all that ink. Dodging fistfights, firebombs, and flying lead, Will puts a lot more than her heart on the line in the search of the truth. Can she find it before someone stops her ticker for good?

Star Books
Dark Horse

Dark Horse

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

Pre-order the electrifying new adventure in the Sunday Times bestselling series - in which Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever . . . THE HERO Evan Smoak: former off-the-books assassin - code name Orphan X. His world is divided into those who deserve his help and those who've brought his singular brand of justice upon themselves. THE VICTIM A desperate father reaches out. His teenage daughter Anjelina has been kidnapped by a brutal criminal cartel and spirited over the border into Mexico. And while money is no object, Evan soon realises that his prospective client's past is as clouded and compromised as his own. THE MISSION If Evan is going to put his life on the line to rescue Anjelina, he must first decide whether he can act on behalf of a bad man. And even then, up against the men who are holding his daughter, there will be no guarantee of success ... Packed with edge-of-your-seat suspense, memorable characters, explosive action and razor-sharp plotting, Dark Horse confirms Gregg Hurwitz's place alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Patterson and Harlan Coben as a master of the modern thriller.