The Nature of the Beast

Written by Louise Penny — It’s billed as a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, but these days Armande Gamache has left the Surete du Quebec behind and retired to the peaceful community of Three Pines, north of…

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Untouchable

Written by Ava Marsh —  Untouchable is the gritty and sexy debut thriller from former broadsheet journalist Ava Marsh. Referred to as a cross between Belle du Jour and Martina Cole by crime author Mark Edwards, Untouchable…

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Close Your Eyes

Written by Michael Robotham – It’s been two long years since clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin last hit our bookshelves in Watching You. He is staying away from crime work these days, concentrating on private clients as…

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Last Words

Written by Michael Koryta — Mark Novak works as a principal investigator for Innocence Incorporated, a Florida law firm whose mission statement is to take on pro-bono death row cases where they feel there has…

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Splinter the Silence

Written by Val McDermid — Trust the high-priestess of crime writing to take a headline-grabbing phenomenon and turn it to her nefarious advantage. Not long ago, the only trolls anyone talked about were in Tolkien books or fairytales. But we…

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Dexter is Dead

Written by Jeff Lindsay — Dexter Morgan is in a Miami prison, in the section reserved for the worst of criminals. He’s being held for the murder of three people, his wife, his lover and a man…

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The Samaritan

Written by Mason Cross — There’s a serial killer operating in Los Angeles, here in Mason Cross’ latest Carter Blake thriller. Trouble is, nobody realises it until the mutilated body of a young woman is found in the…

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All the Old Knives

Written by Olen Steinhauer — Quite possibly the cleverest thriller of the year to the date, Olen Steinhauer has created an absorbing read that combines all the pacey tension of an espionage plot, framed within the…

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The Man Who Watched Women

Written by Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt, translated by Marlaine Delargy — In this suspenseful serial killer thriller, Stockholm is beset by a heatwave and a series of brutal killings of young women. The national police…

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Black Eyed Susans

Written by Julia Heaberlin – The Black Eyed Susans of the title are an attractive daisy-like flower and the cover as a whole is eye-catching, innocuous enough. There’s no sign of violence; this red haired…

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A Pattern of Lies

Written by Charles Todd — In book seven in the Bess Crawford mystery series, Bess works as a World War I field hospital nurse in France, 1918. Despite the well-imagined and effectively described violence of her…

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The Child

Written by Sebastian Fitzek, translated by John Brownjohn — When it was published in Germany in 2006, Sebastian Fitzek’s debut novel Therapy knocked The Da Vinci Code off the number one spot in the bestseller charts. We’ve reviewed…

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Mrs Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse

Written by Martin Davies — Sherlock Holmes is the gift that simply goes on giving. We have read of him as a young man, and a man in his dotage. We have seen his mysterious…

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Enough Rope

Written by Barbara Nadel — Former soldier and ex-cop Lee Arnold runs an enquiry agency in London’s East End. His assistant is Mumtaz Hakim is a psychology graduate and, as a Muslim, wears a headscarf.…

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Dark Branches

Written by Nik Frobenius, translated by Frank Stewart — Nik Frobenius wrote the screenplay for Insomnia, a 1997 film in which a Swedish police detective investigating the murder of young girl in a small town…

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The Defenceless

Written by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston — There’s a new school of social critique creeping into crime fiction. When it’s done without sacrificing either characterisation or a good plot, it can make for very…

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