Rattle

A new name in crime fiction, and Fiona Cummings’ debut is a gut-churning thrill of a ride. Meet the Bone Collector, an odious specimen who…

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The Dry

It hasn’t rained in Kiewarra for years, but is that really enough to drive a well-loved local farmer to suicide, taking most of his family…

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The Legacy

Yrsa Sigurdardottir proves her extraordinary plotting skills in this excellent police procedural, which kicks off her new Children’s House series. It begins with three siblings…

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Ed’s Dead

Calling a story so filled with delicious mayhem ‘light-hearted’ is deeply counterintuitive, yet Russel D McLean has managed the job, thanks to his blundering protagonist…

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Cursed

In Norwegian author Thomas Enger’s latest, investigative journalist Henning Juul returns and his quest for justice after the death of his son continues. Meanwhile, his…

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Wild Chamber

Christopher Folwer’s Bryant and May series reaches its 12th novel, but seems as fresh as ever. The powers that be want to close down the…

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The Long Drop

Denise Mina rolls up her sleeves and flexes her literary muscles in this atmospheric crime tale set in 1950s Glasgow. Based, somewhat loosely, on real…

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Swann’s Way Out

Detective Swann is solicited during a poker game to track down Rusty Jacobs a guy who’s run off with a million bucks in Charles Salzburg’s…

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Rupture

Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series began with Snowblind, and has continued with Blackout and Nightblind. Rupture fits between the latter two, and sees our detective…

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Agents of the State

Newly appointed State Security Agent Vicki Khan and her surf bum/private investigator boyfriend Fish Pescado find echoes of South Africa’s apartheid past in Mike Nicol’s…

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Rather Be the Devil

Thirty years a crime author, 21 Rebus novels, and Ian Rankin is still going strong. Having retired and later returned to the force to help…

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Magpie Murders

He writes young adult mysteries. He writes for TV. He writes books set in the Sherlock Holmes universe. He’s even written James Bond. The ever-inventive…

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The Exiled

The crunch of ice under boot, and the hard, grey streets of Finland are left behind in the latest Anna Fekete story by Kati Hiekkapelto.…

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The Bird Tribunal

Having quietly swept many crime fiction top lists for 2016, this title is a personal fave for such authors as Ragnar Jónasson and Sarah Ward.…

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In Sunlight or In Shadow

Lawrence Block edited this collection of 17 stories that are all inspired, based on or riff off the paintings of the great Edward Hopper. Block makes…

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Hell is Empty

Conrad Williams provides a fitting finale to his Joel Sorrell trilogy. The London-based PI finally gets the chance to match wits with his wife’s murderer…

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