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…

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…

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,…

The Night Visitor

Written by Lucy Atkins — How far would you go to protect your reputation? In the academic world, where issues of plagiarism or biased research methods…

The Fix

Written by David Baldacci — The third novel in the series begins with Amos Decker on his way to work one morning at the FBI in Washington, DC. Right…

The Thirst

Written by Jo Nesbo, translated by Neil Smith — The tagline says it all: Harry Hole is back! For those following the ten-book series featuring the dour,…

Dead Woman Walking

Written by Sharon Bolton — Standalone novels. Some you can take or leave, while others make a lasting impression. Then there’s a third, little populated,…

The Chalk Pit

Written by Elly Griffiths — Some books are let down by the lack of coherent characterisation, featuring players so one-dimensional they would blow away in a gentle…

The Day That Never Comes

Written by Caimh McDonnell — It was during New Talent November last year that we first met Paul Mulchrone, the failed ‘granny whisperer’ and all-around trouble…

Lola

Written by Melissa Scrivner Love — Lola, the energetic protagonist of this Los Angeles-based crime thriller, is an eminently likeable young woman, flirting with death at…

Ed’s Dead

Written by Russel D McLean — Jen Carter, the young Glaswegian bookstore clerk who narrates this book, makes one tiny mistake at the novel’s outset.…

Let the Dead Speak

Written by Jane Casey — Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan last made an appearance on this site more than two years ago, in a two-star review of The…

Ragdoll

Written by Daniel Cole — Rag dolls are harmless toys, right? Something for your kid to cuddle up with in bed or to chuck out…