Crime Fiction

Historical crime

Read Paul Doherty then try…

    • Rennie Airth
    • Boris Akunin
    • Alys Clare
    • David Dickinson
    • PC Doherty
    • Carola Dunn
    • Ariana Franklin
    • Philip Gooden
    • Susanna Gregory
    • Cora Harrison
    • Claude Izner
    • Alanna Knight
    • Edward Marston
    • Michael Pearce
    • Anne Perry
    • CJ Sansom
    • Steven Saylor

Cool Crime…Nordic writers

Read Henning Mankell then try

    • Karin Alvtegen
    • Camilla Ceder
    • Ake Edwardson
    • Kerstin Ekman
    • Karin Fossum
    • Arnaldur Indridason
    • Mari Jungstedt
    • Asa Larsson
    • Stieg Larsson
    • Camilla Lackberg
    • Liza Marklund
    • Jo Nesbo
    • Gunnarr Staalesen
    • Johan Theorin
    • Hakan Nesser
    • Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    • Maj Sjowall

Prime Suspects

Walter Mosley
Creator of the hard hitting, thought provoking and vivid world of Easy Rawlins and 1940's LA. Racial politics, masterful suspense and cracking stories.

Elmore Leonard
Fast talking crystal cut dialogue from super cool characters. Many have been made into films ('Get Shorty' , 'Out of Sight') but the books are best!

Ruth Rendell
Great psychological insight and brilliant comment on human behaviour make for some of the most gripping and chilling detective novels - often presided over by the fascinating Detective Inspector Reg Wexford.

Carl Hiaasen
Plastic surgery , the Gulf Stream, eco warriors, big game hunting, congressional politics - Hiaasen creates madcap set pieces full of seedy characters battlign it out in his native Florida. Criminals and corruption race to crazy conclusions when they invariably hit self destruct!

Reginald Hill
Perhaps best known for his Dalziel and Pascoe novels, Reginald Hill is a master of crime fiction. Mixing comedy and tragedy, classic and contemporary references his books can really get your nerves jingling!

Ian Rankin
Sometimes it seems everywhere you turn there is someone is reading a Rankin novel! Nearly always featuring Inspector John Rebus and evoking Edinurgh and urban Scottish landscapes so vividly they inspire Rebus tours, these multi bestsellers hardly need introduction but surely deserve a read.

Graham Hurley
Hurley has lived in Portsmouth for twenty years and has done huge amounts of in depth research into real life police procedures and cases. The result is stunningly evocative and realistic crime novels dealing with highly contemporary issues - and page turning plots.

Peter Robinson
Intricate plotting and strong resolutions make for very satisfying contemporary thrillers. Robinson places his detective in the Yorkshire Dales so we also get a beautiful sense of setting and landscape.


Crime Thriller Awards 2012…the best of this year’s crime writing

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    Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year -  The Rage by Gene Kerrigan

    Vincent Naylor is a professional thief, as confident as he is reckless. Just ten days out of jail, and he's preparing his next robbery. Already, his plan is unravelling. While investigating the murder of a crooked banker, Detective Sergeant Bob Tidey gets a call from an old acquaintance, Maura Coady.


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    Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller -  A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

    Six months before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell is called out of retirement and ordered to find her. With only days before the story leaks to the press, Kell must begin to piece together Levene's final movements.


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    John Creasey New Blood Dagger -  A Land No More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

    One Sunday, nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina. Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to bring us this story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child.


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    Bereft by Chris Womersley

    It is 1919. Quinn Walker returns to the NSW home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime: the murder of his 12-year-old sister, Sarah. Quinn is innocent of this crime; the real perpetrator being his uncle, Robert Dalton - a man who is now town Sheriff and a pillar of the community.


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    Good People by Ewart Hutton

    D.S. Capaldi has fallen from grace in Cardiff and been exiled to be the catch-all detective in the rural wilderness. A place where nothing of significance happens, a place where supposedly he can do little harm. But trouble has a way of catching-up with Capaldi. Six men and a woman disappear into the night. They don't all reappear.


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    Dare Me by Megan Abbott

    Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the unchallenged rulers of their high school kingdom. They're the girls that nobody crosses, captains of the cheerleaders, invincible. Until their new coach arrives - all sleek poise and cool command - and their world is changed forever. That year, there are no limits.


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    The Fear Index by Robert Harris

    Dr Alex Hoffmann is a physicist who uses a revolutionary & highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. Hoffmann's hedge fund - built around the standard measure of market volatility - generates amazing returns for his investors. Late one night, an intruder disturbs Hoffmann & his wife.


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    What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright

    Jim Beaudry is a teenage boy trying to stay out of trouble. But trouble has a way of finding him. When he finds his cousin, L.A., on his porch one morning, bedraggled and shaking and unable to speak, he knows this can only mean bad news. Then Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl in the wilderness.


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    Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

    A compelling, brutal and heart-breaking story about identity, infamy and how far a person might go to seek revenge, from debut author Tanya Byrne.


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    Vengeance in Mind by NJ Cooper

    Sir Dan Blackwater, well known businessman and philanthropist is found dead. The only other person on the scene is his own PA, Sheena. But when DCI Charlie Trench brings her in for questioning, he discovers that she can't remember a thing. Unsure whether to believe Sheena's story, Trench calls in forensic psychologist Karen Taylor.


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    The Flight by MR Hall

    When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.



Watching the Detectives

Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and countless other well loved TV detectives began life in short stores and novels.   Why not check our your favourites in print. - and don't forget you can borrow the DVDs from libraries too!

Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Valley of Fear, The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Novels include: The Murder at the Vicarage, The Thirteen Problems,  A Caribbean Mystery, The Body in the Library

Inspector Morse - Colin Dexter
Novels include: Last Bus to Woodstock, The Dead of Jericho, The Way Through the Woods, The Remorseful Day

Dalziel & Pascoe - Reginald Hill
Novels include: A Clubbable Woman, Bones and Silence, Pictures of Perfection   

Cadfael - Ellis Peters
Novels include: A Morbid Taste for Bones, The Sanctuary Sparrow, The Heretic's Apprentice, The Holy Thief

Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie -
Novels include:  The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Murder on the Orient Express, Cards on the Table, Five Little Pigs  

Adam Dalgleish - P.D. James
Novels include: Cover Her Face, Death of an Expert Witness, Devices and Desires, Death in Holy Orders

Rebus -Ian Rankin
Novels include: Knots and Crosses,The Black Book, Dead Souls, The Naming of the Dead

Inspector Lynley - Elizabeth George
Novels include: A Great Deliverance, Playing For The Ashes, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, With No One as Witness

Chief Inspector Barnaby  - Caroline Graham
Novels include: The Killing at Badger's Drift, Death of a Hollow Man, Death in Disguise, Written in Blood, A Ghost in the Machine

Inspector Adam Banks - Peter Robinson
Novels include: A Piece of My Heart, Strange Affair, The Hanging Valley, In a Dry Season

Jack Frost -R.D. Wingfield
Novels include:Frost at Christmas, A Touch of Frost , Hard Frost


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