The Ultimatum

Written by Karen Robards — British crime fans may remember the TV series Hustle, which ran from 2004 to 2012 and attracted quite an audience. It…

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Trust Me

Written by Angela Clarke — How can you solve a crime when the witness has no proof it ever occurred? It’s an interesting premise as…

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The Deepest Grave

Written by Harry Bingham — This sixth book in the series featuring one of crime fiction’s most compelling heroines opens with DS Fiona Griffiths bored as hell…

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Fierce Kingdom

Written by Gin Phillips — If you want to write a psychological thriller as compelling as this Gin Phillips debut, here’s how. If you’re a…

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Body Breaker

Written by Mike Craven — Mike Craven’s star has been flying high and fast. He was nominated for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2013 with…

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Wolves in the Dark

Written by Gunnar Staalesen — A knock comes in the night and a hungover Varg Veum answers the door. Police detective Hamre has come, this time…

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The Lying Game

Written by Ruth Ware — There’s so much great crime writing out there these days that you can’t read everything, can you? That’s why The…

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Bad Blood

Written by Brian McGilloway — There is an impressive sweep to this novel that raises the deeply divisive social issues of racism and homophobia while…

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Dis Mem Ber

Written by Joyce Carol Oates – This collection of mostly longish short stories features Oates’s sly humour and penchant for the off-kilter. There’s something just…

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The Day She Disappeared

Written by Christobel Kent — The tagline of this psychological thriller had me on the back foot. ‘Your best friend will always be there for you……

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The Dark Isle

Written by Clare Carson –– In the concluding part of the Sam Coyle trilogy, the daughter of an undercover agent travels to Orkney, where she spent childhood…

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A Necessary Evil

Written by Abir Mukherjee — Reading this fast-paced police procedural is like a trip back in time to the British Raj, mid-1920. Calcutta-based Imperial Police…

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The Wages of Sin

Written by Kaite Welsh — The heroines of crime novels come in all shapes and sizes. Police officers, private detectives, doughty mothers and spirited teens,…

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Exile

Written by James Swallow — The first novel featuring James Swallow’s all-action hero Marc Dane came out last year. Nomad sold 100,000 copies as a hardback in the…

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Love Like Blood

Written by Mark Billingham — It must be easy for a series author to fall into a pattern, giving us murder by numbers and keeping an established…

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Exquisite

Written by Sarah Stovell — It takes quite some nerve to combine the title ‘Exquisite’ with the sensuous cover art of this book. Yet the picture…

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