Code

Written by Kathy and Brendan Reichs — She’s best known for her novels featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, but Kathy Reichs is also carving a niche for herself in the young adult fiction market. Code is…

Chamber Music

Written by Tom Benn — Chamber Music is the second gritty thriller to feature Tom Benn’s protagonist Henry Bane. The first was the The Doll Princess. I didn’t get a chance to read it, but…

The Salem Witch Society

Written by KN Shields — There have been numerous blends of supernatural fantasy and crime fiction in recent years, but don’t worry, this book takes place in the matter-of-fact world of the New England freelance…

Ratlines

Written by Stuart Neville — It is 1963, and in a few weeks John F Kennedy, the young, charismatic president of America will arrive in Dublin to visit his ancestral homeland. The Irish justice minister, Charles…

New books in Santa’s crime stocking

On the Radar – We’re feeling decidedly festive here at CFL. Santa Claus has left us a rather fine selection of crime fiction in our stocking this year. Our final new books report of 2012…

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The Double Game

Written by Dan Fesperman — For those not familiar with the author, Dan Fesperman has written crime stories like the excellent Lie in the Dark, as well as war-themed and espionage stories such as The…

White Heat

Recommended by this site’s admin, CrimeFictionLover, White Heat received a five-star review and was his number one book of 2012. He wrote: “If you’ve not read it yet, allow hands-down winner White Heat to take…

A Dark Redemption

This was LoiteringWithIntent‘s favourite crime book of 2012. She wrote: “Back in February I picked up a copy of A Dark Redemption and before I was 50 pages in I knew it would make my top five…

The Shadow of Death

For our contributor Spriteby, The Shadow of Death was the top book of 2012. She wrote: “In May, I reviewed this debut novel by James Runcie, which introduced us to his Grantchester Mysteries and sleuthing…

Rough Riders

With a five-star review on this site, and chosen by RoughJustice as his favourite crime book of 2012, Rough Riders by Charlie Stella comes highly recommended. “Stella moves his chronicling of New York’s wise guys…

How’s the Pain?

Translated from the original French, How’s the Pain ranked as MarinaSofia‘s favourite crime book of 2012. She said: “This, to my mind, is the perfect noir: a tragicomedy about an unlikely friendship between the ageing…

The Devil All the Time

Chosen by PulpCurry as his number one crime book of 2012, The Devil All the Time finds itself on our Recommended list. He said: “The Devil All the Time is a multi-generational gothic novel set…

The Last Policeman

Our contributor MyBookishWays wrote: “Perhaps one of my favourites not only of 2012, but period, is The Last Policeman. What would you do if a life-destroying asteroid was going to hit in six months? Would…

Not Dead Yet

This book finds itself on our Recommended list after being chosen as Lucy Conlon‘s favourite crime book of 2012. She said: “I downloaded this book for my Kindle on a 20p special offer and it…

Say You’re Sorry

When all our contributors compiled their top five books of 2012, DeathBecomesHer chose Say You’re Sorry in the number one position. She said: “I’m ashamed to admit that Say You’re Sorry was my first foray…

Talking to the Dead

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham was chosen as the number one crime book of 2012 by our contributor David Prestidge. “This was so far ahead of the field in my estimation that had…