Crime & Mystery Fiction

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

This is a great addition to the long list of great novels that Ian McEwan has produced. There were two or three that missed the mark for me – Sunday, Solar and Sweet Tooth. But his previous novel to this, The Children Act, was excellent and this latest is McEwan back to his very best… Read More

Magpie Murders is the latest novel written by Anthony Horowitz, the acclaimed author of the Alex Rider and The Power of Five series. “Magpie Murders” is also the name of the mystery novel within Horowitz’s novel, written by Alan Conway. “Magpie Murders” is Conway’s final book in his Atticus Pünd detective series, which are set… Read More

The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks lose in the small town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the streets and the hospital is completely overwhelmed. Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion. He starts to wonder about the crimes… Read More

One of the many pieces of famous advice that has been given to writers over time is to “write what you know”, which in the case of Ian Austin’s novel The Agency is one of those instances where such advice has resulted in the creation of an intelligent foray into crime fiction. As an ex-detective… Read More

There is no doubt that Patricia Highsmith was one of those enigmatic, hard-to-pin-down authors, who hated being labelled a “crime writer”. An author of numerous psychological thrillers and mysteries, including the Tom Ripley series, and Strangers on a Train - which was famously adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock – Highsmith is known for her… Read More

I read Cecilia Ekbäck’s first book, Wolf Winter, a few months ago and really enjoyed the way she evoked both place and season. I was thrown into the dark and snow of a Swedish winter in the early 1700s. In her new book the place, a dark brooding mountain called Blackåsen, still figures as a… Read More

Yoshinobu Mikami is struggling. He is not coping well with his transfer from Criminal Investigator to Press Director for Administrative Affairs. Not only does he miss his work as a detective, but he hates the tiny trickle of information he is given to feed the rabid cluster of reporters who hound him for details. With… Read More

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