Silenced by Solveig Palsdottir, Anyone else think that April Fool’s Day is a bit outdated? After the year we’ve had, who’s got time for pranks? Or a silly press release, or lame corporate tweet? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let’s get down to business, and to why you visit our site. Crime novels. Serious stuff. Even the humorous ones are serious stuff to us...Read More
The Distant Dead by Heather Young, A body burns in the high desert hills. A boy walks into a fire station, pale with the shock of a grisly discovery. A middle school teacher worries when her colleague is late for work. When the body is identified as local math teacher Adam Merkel, a small Nevada town is rocked to its core by a brutal and calculated murder.
This week an interesting new crime novel from Japan will be pulling into the station. Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka is little different to most crime novels thus far translated from Japanese. Clever and sophisticated gives way to something that’s big on set-up, big on action, and populated with characters that tilt the balance more toward crazy than cultured...Read More
Or maybe it is. It hardly ever happens, but all the crime novels here in our new books column this week come with a pinch of humour...Read More
The Source by Sarah Sultoon, Former CNN journalist Sarah Sultoon has won awards for covering major stories across the globe. But in her first foray into crime fiction writing she sticks closer to home. With a tale centered firmly in the British establishment, set in the late 20th century and the start of the 21st.
Marie is an assistant producer at Nine News, a nati...Read More
The Housewife by Alex Kane, Even perfect mothers have secrets…
Leah. She’s the perfect mum to ten-year-old Samuel, wife to loving husband Thomas, head of the PTA. But her closet is full of skeletons – and if the truth gets out, her world could be destroyed.
Annie. She’s the gangster’s moll with a brain...
The Dare by Lesley Kara, As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. ‘This time it’s different. She’s gone too far now. She really has.’
When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will...
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. High up in the Swiss Alps perches Le Sommet, a luxury hotel which used to be a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. In the late-19th and early-20th centuries Switzerland had numerous sanatoria where people with long-term illnesses were sent to recover in the clean, crisp mountain air.
It is in this remote setting that British poli...Read More
Future Perfect by Felicia Yap, What if today was your last day…A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer. is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret...Read More
The Abduction by A.A. Chaudhuri; Kramer and Carver are back…for the next thriller.
The Abduction by A. A. Chaudhuri; Madeline Kramer has finally got her life back on track at top City law firm Sullivan, Blake, Monroe. Two armed, masked men burst into a conference room one lunchtime...Read More
Angelino Heights by Adam Bregman, Quirky thrillers that don’t follow typical hero’s journey plotting have great appeal. You really don’t know what’s coming next. Adam Bregman’s debut thriller is one of these books, with the quirkiness intensified by the characters’ passion for the Los Angeles of decades ago...Read More
Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek, Five years ago Martin Schwarz, a police psychologist, lost his wife and son. They were holidaying on a cruise ship when they simply vanished. A lack luster investigation was unable to shed any light on what happened – murder-suicide being the coroner’s verdict...Read More
The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths, I kept putting off opening the latest Elly Griffiths book. Not because I didn’t want to read it – on the contrary, I was itching to get started. But I just felt the need to delay, for a little longer, that moment when I arrived once more in North Norfolk...Read More
Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo, Lauren Medina is a mess, but just how much of a mess this 25 year old Chicago homicide detective is will only be revealed as the novel unfolds. We first meet her at Lake Humboldt Park, where a crime has taken place...Read More
Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger & Jorn Lier Horst, Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia...
The Little Lies by Valerie Keogh, An eye-catching cover showing two sweet, tiny, baby shoes in the palest blue sets out the stall for this psychological thriller. The ‘little secrets’ of the title must include an infant, right?
But Valerie Keogh is such a tease! She wrong-foots the reader from the off, with an opening chapter depicting a happy domestic scene ...Read More
The Foreign Girls by Sergio Olguin, Translated by Miranda France — Investigative journalist Veronica Rosenthal in on holiday in Tucuman when she meets the foreign girls of the title, Frida and Petra. A chance encounter in a bar leads to Veronica inviting the backpackers to stay with in her holiday villa...Read More
On 24 March 1976, three generals overthrew the government of Argentina and began ruling the country as a military dictatorship, waging the Dirty War against their political opponents. Thousands disappeared – trade unionists, university students, members of left-wing political parties – and were tortured and killed by right-wing death squads...Read More
The Long Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper, It’s the summer of 1959, and the well-trimmed lawns of Sunnylakes wilt under the California sun.
At some point during the long, long afternoon Joyce Haney, a seemingly happy housewife and mother, vanishes from her home, leaving behind only two terrified young children and a bloodstain on the kitchen floor.
With the stifli...
The Obsession by Jesse Q Sutanto A classic sort of love story…except somebody might wind up dead.
The Obsession by Jesse Q Sutanto, Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker...
Repentance by Eloísa Díaz’s riveting new political thriller, takes place during two tumultuous periods in Argentina’s history. The present-day of the story is December 2001, when riots in Buenos Aires and elsewhere will lead to the resignation of the country’s president...Read More
Mystery Bones Murders: by Karen Randau
Mystery Bones Murders: by Karen Randau
When I was a kid and visited my dad’s parents, I never could figure out who were all those ginger-haired people who hung out there all the time. Sure, I knew their names, and their last name didn’t match mine or my grandparents...Read More
Other Half by Jordan Castillo Price, Having discovered Dr. Kamal’s notebook, Vic and Jacob now know that Jacob is more involved in the psychic world than they once imagined. With Jacob and his family listed as involved with Kamal’s experiments, it is clear something happened in his past, but he is not sure what...Read More
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor at a rural parish in deepest Sussex. The two places are at opposite ends of the spectrum. In Nottingham the congregation was sparse and brought with it all the issues and challenges of an inner city community...Read More
The Captive by Deborah O’Connor, If you knew that if you pressed charges against the man who had murdered your loved one. Would you be forced to host the prisoner in your home, would you do it? Or would you refuse to go ahead with the conviction? That’s the dilemma faced in The Captive by Deborah O’Connor.
When Hannah’s detective husband John is knifed in an ...Read More
It’s always hard to pick favorite books from the 40-some crime, mystery, and thriller books I review for Crime Fiction Lover each year. They’re all so different, it’s hard to compare them. Some authors are consistently strong, and you know who they are...Read More
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Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson, A blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður, and that can only mean one thing…
When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the ...
Today we’re giving you the heads-up on five new crime novels, several of which are by up-and-coming writers who’ve either made their names outside mainstream US/UK crime fiction, or via ebook publishing. The first up is Verbal, based on the police slang for a false confession, by Peter Murphy...Read More
There’s a predator loose in West London. No, it hasn’t got dreadlocks, an invisibility hunting suit and strange talons where its mouth should be. Arnie ain’t gonna take this predator down. She comes wearing Jimmy Choo heels and Givenchy jewellery. By day, she edits the fashion magazine, Couture. By night, she hunts men who abuse women and children.
Camilla Bl...Read More
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A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment.
Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.
As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those o...
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Vietnam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Vietnam ‘advising’ the military and government...Read More
When we interviewed Elizabeth Hand way back in 2013, the multi-talented author described her crime fiction character Cass Neary as being in a “…self-inflicted emotional lockdown”. It’s an apt phrase with the fourth book in the series arriving in the middle of a pandemic and people around the world similarly locked down, although not necessarily at their own behest...Read More
Set in Florence, Italy in the lead up the 1966 floods, The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie sees five strangers in the Tuscan city, each loosely connected to an expert forger. World War II ended two decades ago, but it still seems fresh in the minds of this international group. Their own individual stories also drive what they do in post-war Florence.
Each ...Read More
A new COVID lockdown has begun in the UK, but to keep your mind nimble we’ve got five new crime novels – each with its own distinctive flavour of crime fiction. This week, we start things off with a fast-moving thriller about a magazine editor who targets rapists – Predator by Zoe Caldwell...Read More
After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Simon walks right into a deadly mystery. Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead...Read More
Although the sound of Santa’s sleigh is still well off in the distance, when November comes you can usually start to see how things will shape up in terms of the crime Christmas bookshelf. For example, Lee Child fans will be singing a jingle next week when the new Jack Reacher novel hits the shelves – it’ll make an ideal gift for crime fiction lovers everywhere...Read More
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You can’t stop watching her.
Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.
Until the day she’s no longer there
But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presenc...
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Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby...Read More
From historical crime fiction through to psychological thrillers, adventuresome crime solving and even a puzzle novel, this week’s new books will hopefully tide you over – especially if you’re pinned down by the latest COVID restrictions. Crime fiction is certainly infectious, but we think it’s what you need to survive the pandemic…
The Webs We Weave by Mich...Read More
When Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously declared “I know it when I see it,” he was referring to obscenity and whether or not the Louis Malle film The Lovers could be categorised as such. I have much the same relationship with psychological thrillers...Read More
Julianna Burke is a successful crime writer, loved by readers the world over. Her books sell and sell, with each new release eagerly awaited by fans. She and her husband Connor are very much in love and enjoy a charmed life, with homes in South Carolina and Scotland.
As we first meet Julianna, she’s arriving at the second of those homes, a remote property on the Fi...Read More
Winter Counts are pictorial histories and calendars common among some Native American tribes. For Virgil Wounded Horse, of the Lakota Nation and living on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Colorado, they represent one of the few comfortable memories of his tribal culture. He would make them with his sister Sybil to record important dates.
Sybil died three years ago...Read More
Department store security men. You probably never even notice them but being inconspicuous comes with the job description, I imagine. So Jim definitely fits the bill as he patrols the aisles of a shop in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. He’s an ex garda and his old fashioned copper ways mean he is treated as a bit of a joke by his store colleagues but Jim isn’t b...Read More
Paul Finch’s latest novel is a standalone thriller, but like his bestselling Heck series, One Eye Open is a police procedural. On the face of it, the traffic police might not seem the most promising division to write a thriller in, but Finch has once again produced a top notch example of British commercial crime fiction which his many fans will enjoy.
The story k...Read More
When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.
Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media...
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Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job.
The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s bo...
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One unsolved murder. A best friend determined to right the wrongs of the past.
On the 21st August Tabitha Rice disappeared without a trace. All the signs point to murder, but no signs point to a murderer. The easiest answer is her husband, Rick. But he protests his innocence and there is little proof he is the murderer.
Annabella knows there is more to ...
Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel Hope Dunne was a top Photographer who knew joy and sorrow but she found comfort through the lens of her camera. Hope enjoyed taking walks and wherever she went she took pictures. She had started when she was nine.
She had porcelain white skin and black hair and had been teased that she looked like Snow White...Read More
Thomas Brogan is on the run. He’s killed people – quite a few, it turns out – and the police are on his tail. As he legs it through the streets and alleys of the urban sprawl somewhere in the UK, he runs past a terrace of houses. The one on the end seems empty, so he tears away some of the boards and scrambles inside. Safety...Read More
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Vintage Crime is a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers...Read More
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, The book opens with the partial transcript of a magazine interview with horror film director Nolan Nox...Read More
Fans of cosy crime should look away now – because a new release by Chris Carter is not a place you can comfortably inhabit. Carter has cornered the market in near to the knuckle psychological crime books that drag you in screaming and won’t let go, featuring decidedly different Detective Robert Hunter of LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit.
Why is Hunter differe...Read More
by Claire Fullerton
About Little Tea
Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood fr...
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Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband, Rob. She’s found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.
But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she’ll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open...
The coronavirus lockdown has led to a big uptick in reading and binge-watching. We’ve given you plenty of recommendations in both categories, but as things gradually get back to normal, one show you definitely don’t want to miss is the Canadian crime series Cardinal...Read More
Five years ago, Sam Tiller made the best decision of his life … and the worst. Leaving behind a boring 9-to-5 job full of people he hated, Sam took a position that promised adventure and excitement, two things sorely missing from his life. The Community of Species Government (CSG) is certainly exciting...Read More
From Arctic snowscapes to deep, dark forests and on to the heat of the Outback, wilderness noir is getting to be quite the thing. If it’s grabbed you then watch out for our lead book this week – The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser is set in a remote part of Australia and needless to say things get pretty desperate pretty fast once the bad guys turn up...Read More
Spirits is a duology featuring two stories by authors Julia Talbot and B.A. Tortuga.
Moonshine and full moons, two things that don’t necessarily go together...Read More
At 26 years of age, Australian author Gabriel Bergmoser is already something of a phenomenon in his own country. He’s won the Peter Ustinov and Kenneth Branagh awards for his scriptwriting, and has three young adult thrillers to his name...Read More
The Dark Side by Danielle Steel Zoe and Rose Morgan were a perfect complement as sisters. Zoe had dark, shining, straight hair, Rose on the other hand had curly, halo of white-blond hair which sat as a cap on her head. Zoe always was shy, Rose was an irresistible child. Rose was three when she was diagnosed with leukemia...Read More
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It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover. Now it’s an abduction. Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, Lucia’s mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight.
That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arr...
From Rin Tin Tin and Lassie, through to Scooby Doo and Hooch, dogs have certainly played their part in fighting crime over the years. It’s time to open the pages of The Finders and meet the latest recruit, a young golden retriever called Elvira, owned by Mace Reid. She’s a good girl is Vira, quite content to sit and stay… until something raises her hackles.
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She’s got your job. She wants your life…
When Katherine first meets her new intern Lily, she’s captivated. Young, beautiful and confident, Lily reminds Katherine of everything she once was – and it’s not long before she develops a dark fascination with her new colleague.
But is Lily as perfect as she seems, or does she have a sinister hidden a...
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Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. With a trail of bodies in his wake and the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide. That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street...Read More
Wow. Lawrence Wright must have really polished up his crystal ball before writing this medical/political thriller, released in late April. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he has a knack for describing history and its relevance today, capturing both the big political picture and the significant details that make characters memorable and wholly human.
It’s ...Read More
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When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. A living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book, and fame followed. But so did fans, creeps and stalkers...
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The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames Meet Polly, Meet Emily, Meet Belinda, They’re all me. My name is Lisa and I’m an identity thief. If I’m not inside your system stealing your money, I’ve probably already stolen it. I’m your friend. I’m a thief. I’m gone.
I’m in control.
Only now, the tables have been turned. I’m in danger...