Crime and Mystery Books

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.  

Take Your Breath Away

Take Your Breath Away

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Audiobook Release Date: 03/02/2022

The breathtaking new crime thriller from the international bestselling author of Elevator Pitch and Find You First... AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! It's always the husband, isn't it? One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most people assumed Andy had got away with murder, but the police couldn't build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom - he drank too much, was abandoned by his friends, nearly lost his business, and became a pariah in the place he had once called home. Now, six years later, Andy has put his life back together. He's sold the house he shared with Brie and moved away for a fresh start. When he hears his old house has been bulldozed and a new house built in its place, he's not bothered. He's settled with a new partner, Jayne, and life is good. But Andy's peaceful world is about to shatter. One day, a woman shows up at his old address, screaming, 'Where's my house? What's happened to my house?' And then, just as suddenly as she appeared, the woman - who bears a striking resemblance to Brie - is gone. The police are notified and old questions - and dark suspicions - resurface. Could Brie really be alive after all these years? If so, where has she been? It soon becomes clear that Andy's future, and the lives of those closest to him, depends on discovering what the hell is going on. The trick will be whether he can stay alive long enough to unearth the answers...

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
The House of Ashes

The House of Ashes

Author: Stuart Neville Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Compelling, compassionate, yet deeply unnerving and dark, this is a novel that will delve into and haunt your thoughts as you’re reading it. Mary knocks at the door to Sara’s new home claiming it’s hers and demanding to know what she has done with the children. As Sara begins to investigate, she opens up a chilling and shocking window to the past. Stuart Neville writes with huge empathy, yet he doesn’t hold back, and I felt a shiver of dread as I began to read. Featuring the two women in the tale, two time frames vibrate with tension. Their voices are as individually distinctive as can be, yet there are aspects within the two stories that mirror the other. The sense of place is piercing, with the house featuring as a third main character. A supernatural element hides in the shadows, it brushed against my awareness then kept me company, blending with the entirely realistic and harrowing story, heightening emotions and keeping nerves taut as can be. I found myself wincing with regret and anguish while hopeful for the present, and the writing ensures this balance is encouraged and maintained with care and attention. I felt, really felt the ending as it resonated within my heart and soul and I sat a while, contemplating. While The House of Ashes is a formidable and provocative read, a contemplative beauty can be found within the pages and I’ve chosen this stunner as a Liz Pick of the Month.  

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The Trawlerman

The Trawlerman

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Quite simply a class act, the characters, setting, and plot fuse into the most readable and thrilling whole. Despite being off with post-traumatic stress, DS Cupidi begins to investigate the discovery of two dead bodies and a linked scam that involves her friend. If you’ve not met William Shaw’s books before, please do introduce yourself. Book four in the DS Alexandra Cupidi Investigation series more than lived up to my already high expectations. The writing is such that you could read this as a stand-alone but I feel you would missing out if you didn’t begin with Salt Lane. This series is an absolute corker, it’s almost understated, but wields a mighty punch. The sense of place is so vivid, it could star by itself in an edgy art studio production. The Dungeness coastline of Kent, a location that stands forebodingly self-contained and creates a safe haven for Alexandra, acts as the perfect setting. I really couldn’t see this series taking place anywhere else. The characters have taken up lodging in my mind, they remain, fully fleshed and as real and damaged and every-day normal as can be. From the beginning to the end, every word counts, every scene matters, and builds to a hammer blow of a conclusion. Chosen as LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, The Trawlerman is a stunning read.

Books of the Month
The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Author: Fran Dorricott Format: Audiobook Release Date: 03/02/2022

No one expected them to go there. The question is: will any of them leave? Six friends travel to a remote island north of the Scottish Highlands for an old school reunion. They've rented The Lighthouse - a stunning, now abandoned building that was once notorious for deaths at sea. On the first evening, someone goes missing. The group search all through the night to no avail. But when the five remaining friends return to the lighthouse early the next morning, they are shocked to find James inside. He's looks terrified - but won't say a word about where he's been. The party vow to put the strange night behind them and enjoy the rest of their stay, but when more unexplained things begin to occur, tensions escalate. It's clear James knows something, but nothing will persuade him to give up the secrets of the island. Is he protecting his friends from a terrible truth, or leading them into more danger? A chilling, gripping and powerfully atmospheric suspense novel with a gothic edge, perfect for fans of The Hunting Party and The Sanatorium. Readers have been ensnared by The Lighthouse...

Audiobooks of the Month
21st Birthday

21st Birthday

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Will she live to see her twenty-first birthday? When a distraught mother pleads with reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Tara, and her baby granddaughter, Cindy goes straight to SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The prime suspect is Tara's husband, but he tells a conflicting story that paints Tara as a wayward wife, not a missing person. Is this a tragic case of domestic violence? Or is the truth linked to a more complex network of killings? As the case grows into something far bigger than any of them could have imagined, the Women's Murder Club will need to work together to unpick the truth from a web of lies.

All Her Fault

All Her Fault

Author: Andrea Mara Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

ONE MISSING BOY. Marissa Irvine arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn't a mother she recognises. She isn't the nanny. She doesn't have Milo. And so begins every parent's worst nightmare. FOUR GUILTY WOMEN. As news of the disappearance filters through the quiet Dublin suburb and an unexpected suspect is named, whispers start to spread about the women most closely connected to the shocking event. Because only one of them may have taken Milo - but they could all be blamed . . . IN A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS, WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT?

The Second Cut

The Second Cut

Author: Louise Welsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2022

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead. Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs - is that the reason the police won't investigate? And if Rilke doesn't find out what happened to Jojo, who will? Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.

The Key In The Lock

The Key In The Lock

Author: Beth Underdown Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2022

I read this beautifully stormy dark gothic mystery while perched high up on the edge of my seat. A dreadful fire has haunted Ivy for years, she mourns two deaths, and now seeks the truth. Beth Underdown’s debut  The Witchfinder's Sister was a bestseller and winner of the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award 2017, this is her second novel and it more than lived up to my expectations. The two time frames, sitting either side of the First World War, are initially fractured before they gradually fuze together. Information dripped and then seeped into the pages before hiding in my thoughts. The story is secretive, occasionally sullen as it begins to unfurl. Cornwall, and the house in particular cast a brooding presence which adds to the intensity of this tale. The characters are perfectly imperfect, trust is a scare commodity, and each casts a deep shadow. I was held in limbo while I read, totally immersed in the writing. Expressively powerful The Key in the Lock thrills and chills in equal measure. Chosen as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month and LoveReading Star Book, this historical mystery is a worthy contender for the very top of your reading list.

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Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

Slicing through traditional and throwing convention up in the air, this novel received a standing ovation from me. A murder on a psychiatric ward is investigated by DC Alice Armitage, she also just happens to be one of the patients. Using the most exquisite balance of irreverence, biting humour, and compassion, Mark Billingham has created a character who will forever reside in my mind (hmm, lucky me!). I was mesmerised by the narrator Alice, incredibly complex yet beautifully simple, she blazes into life. The residents and staff of Fleet Ward are introduced in the most perfect way, making a large list of characters instantly memorable. Trust disappears out the nearest window as the plot wheedles, cajoles, screams and shouts as it buckets along. I found myself entering an unknown world, and looking around with eyes and mouth wide, wide open before realising I actually felt right at home. Mark Billingham has created an absolute monster of a read, it pulls you in close for a hug as it slaps your awareness. A LoveReading Star Book and Book of the Month, Rabbit Hole is quite simply an outstanding and wondrous ride. - Liz Robinson  * Billingham is a master of pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat in many of this thrillers. While this book, his latest, is something of a departure for Billingham – it’s not part of a series and the entire novel takes place within a psychiatric facility, a kind of Jane Tennison meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – it still has an ending that will leave you reeling. You know how the first time you saw The Sixth Sense, you wanted to watch it again almost immediately to see how it could have all been there in front of you, but you missed it? It’s that kind of book. - Linwood Barclay Selected by Linwood Barclay, Our Autumn 2021 Guest Editor. Click here to read the full Guest Editor Piece.  

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Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Author: Edel Coffey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2022

Edel Coffey’s Breaking Point delivers an absolute page-turner all with the compelling, “can’t-look-away-for-a-moment” power of a primetime TV thriller. Pointing a sharp finger at the heavy, unjust weight of expectations heaped on working mothers as the finger of the law is pointed at its successful female doctor protagonist, this page-turner is easy to get into, with functional, unflorid writing that serves the plot and protagonists to deliver a gripping story that’s likely to be read in very few sittings. Susannah is one of life’s success stories. A dedicated doctor with a lucrative publishing deal and a TV career that’s given her fame and fortune as Dr Sue. She also has two young daughters, and an also-successful husband - the full works, though it’s often tricky to balance having it all. One hot New York morning, when her usual routine is disrupted, Susannah makes a terrible mistake - she forgets to drop her baby daughter at nursery and the baby dies in the heat of the car. A tensely-evoked court case ensues, with the media and prosecution lawyer going into overdrive to present Dr Sue has a negligent mother who put career before kids. One of the reporters assigned to the case is CNN’s Adelaide, a woman who has connections to Sue, and understands a thing or two about loss herself. As the case and two women’s stories unfold, readers will be on the edge of their seats willing justice to be done, with the final twist in the tale coming as an entirely unexpected surprise.

Debut Books of the Month
Demon

Demon

Author: Matt Wesolowski Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

The sixth story in Matt Wesolowski’s intense and distinctive Six Stories series. The elusive online journalist Scott King makes a stunning return as his Six Stories podcast explores a 1995 cold case and alleged demon possession. Chills will run down your spine as you read this brilliant new instalment that weaves together fiction, our obsession with true crime and horror.

Bitter Flowers

Bitter Flowers

Author: Gunnar Staalesen Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

After a hellish six months, and straight from rehab we meet Norwegian PI Veum again. We first met him in 1977 when Gunnar Staalesen wrote the first in this brilliant series introducing his “Sherlock Holmes of Bergen”. Forty-five years on and he’s still killing it. Only six of the twenty-odd titles were published in English before Orenda stepped in and published Where Roses Never Die. Gunnar Staalesen is one of the fathers of Nordic Noir and the creator of the unforgettable private investigator Varg Veum.  From the very first chapter you’re dragged into this chilling thriller set in 1990s Norway, fast paced with short chapters, and you don’t want to put it down. Whether you’ve met Veum before or not, this is a great standalone again translated by the talented Don Bartlett. Veum inserts himself into the action when his physiotherapist turned running buddy finds a dead body and disappears. The hunt is on. Add to this a seemingly unconnected eight-year-old cold case to find a lost little girl and Veum is back in the game after his stretch at the Hellestad Clinic. In spite of being previously lost in a thousand bottles you understand Varg’s strong sense of moral compass and appreciate his dry wit and wry way with words. As the temperature hots up with the environmental crimes at Norlon, this eco thriller goes off the scale. A thrilling ride…and I can’t wait to read more from Staalesen and travel on more adventures with Varg.

eBooks of the Month