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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Western Fringes

Written by Amer Anwar — The CWA Debut Dagger award has been encouraging new writers to enter the genre for 15 years now. The submissions are…

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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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Hunting the Hangman

Written by Howard Linskey — Anyone who’s been reading lots of British crime fiction in recent years will have come across the work of Howard Linskey.…

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No Middle Name­­

Written by Lee Child — Jack Reacher is no slouch when it comes to leaping in the saddle to right wrongs and joust with the wicked…

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Crimes of Winter

Written by Philippe Georget, translated by Steven Rendall — We have encountered Inspector Gilles Sebag before on Crime Fiction Lover. He lives in Perpignan, on the…

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Parting Shot

Written by Linwood Barclay — Parting Shot is a novel that could have been pulled straight from current headlines, which may be because much of…

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Sting

Written by Sandra Brown — What’s your guilty pleasure, when you’re not crime fiction loving? Mine’s Nora Roberts (and not in her JD Robb persona,…

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The Liar

Written by Steve Cavanagh — New York-based con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn is back for a third story in this highly entertaining series. In The…

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