The best crime audiobooks for armchair detectives

26 February 2018

If you need a crime thriller fix but have no time to sit and read, these are some of the best crime books you can listen to.

From tales of espionage to sibling rivalry and true crime stories to terrifying psychopaths, there's an audiobook for everyone. We've listed just some of the best crime thriller audiobooks you can listen to on the go.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances, read by Antonia Beamish

A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told.

A gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgivable lie.

It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting.

Michelle talks about why the potentially fraught and competitive relationship between a mother and daughter-in-law is the perfect basis for a thriller in one of our blog posts.

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Need You Dead by Peter James, read by Daniel Weyman

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.

Lorna is desperate to escape her abusive husband and her secret lover has promised they will start a new life in the sun together. But when the body of a woman is found in the bath of their Brighton love nest, DS Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first, it looks like an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect, by Grace soon discovers the killer may be closer to home...

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End Game by David Baldacci, read by Orlagh Cassidy and Kyf Brewer

After saving London from a terrorist attack, Will Robie he returns home to discover that his handler - codename Blue Man - has vanished. His last known location was in remote Colorado and with no communications since, Robie can’t help but fear the worst.

Sent to investigate, Robie and his partner Jessica Reel arrive in the small town to discover it's a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups. Robie and Reel will be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man...

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Double Kiss by Ronnie O' Sullivan, read by Nick Moran


 

Frankie James thought his troubles were behind him. He’s busy running his Soho Club and his brother’s finally out of prison. When the goddaughter of London's fiercest gangster, Tommy Riley, goes missing in Ibiza, Tommy know that Frankie is the only man for the job. If Frankie agrees to help find Tanya, he’ll be thrown into a world of danger again. But if he doesn’t, Tommy could destroy him.

Double Kiss is the fast-paced, gripping sequel to Framed, by snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

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Little Deaths by Emma Flint, read by Graham Halstead and Lauren Fortgang


It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children missing and no clue what happened to them... until they both turn up dead. All evidence points to Ruth, but is she really capable of murder?

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The Darkest Day by HÃ¥kan Nesser, read by Martin Wenner

It’s December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba’s joint landmark birthdays. Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it’s up to Inspector Barbarotti to determine exactly what has happened.

And he soon discovers he’ll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets in the process...

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Last Bus To Woodstock by Colin Dexter, read by Samuel West


 

The novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series, famously brought to life by John Thaw in the popular TV series.

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.

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Stay Dead by Jessie Keane, read by Karen Cass

Annie Carter finally believes that life is good.

Then she gets the news that her old friend Dolly Farrell is dead, and suddenly she finds herself back in London and hunting down a murderer with only one thing on her mind... revenge. But the hunter can so quickly become the hunted, and Annie has been keeping too many secrets.

She's crossed and bettered a lot of people over the years, but this time the enemy is a lot closer to home and she may just have met her match...

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The Fact of a Body, written and read by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

An examination of the criminal justice system in the United States, the nature of crime, and her own experience of abuse, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s The Fact of a Body is a true crime story like no other.
 

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