10 crime books to read this autumn
04 October 2017
By Pan Macmillan
If you're anything like us, you find great pleasure in spending your autumn evenings engrossed in a good book. Here are our picks of the best crime books to read as the nights draw in.
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. When Brace says he's willing to give up information in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims. But opening up a cold case takes the detective back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his cronies used to congregate.
'I loved The Seagull - quite simply it reminds me why Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! '- Louise Penny, author of Glass Houses.
Kurt Nordstrum’s world is turned upside down when his fiancée is killed. When Kurt learns of the Nazis’ atomic research in his homeland, he teams up with a group of patriotic fighters to disrupt activity at the heavily guarded factory. But to pull off this impossible mission, he must put the safety of one person at risk – the one he sees a life with.
A thrilling espionage adventure based on a true World War II operation.
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.
Across Oslo, a serial killer is hunting down young women. Each victim found strangled and with a peculiar calling-card placed upon their bodies: a cut-out picture of an ant.
The first victim is a timid theology student, the next a jazz singer, followed by the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Oslo. But despite Inspector K2’s best efforts to find a link, the only thing connecting them seems to be their murder.
A clever Scandi whodunnit.
When Mrs Shepherd arrives at the Dales Detective Agency quite convinced that someone is trying to kill her, Samson O’Brien dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after a series of disturbing incidents at Fellside Court retirement home, he begins to wonder if there is some truth to her claims...
A cosy crime novel set in the Yorkshire Dales.
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...
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...
The first novel in a stunning new five-part series from ‘one of the best of the Nordic Noir writers’. -Guardian
When Anna Flores' adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too and building a life for herself abroad.
Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother's possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother's death, but also the huge hole Gabriella's disappearance left in her life. But is it too late for Anna to uncover the truth about Gabriella's disappearance?
'A gripping debut from a serious new talent.' - Erin Kelly, author of He Said, She Said
When Ellie Fisher misses her train home, she comes across Gareth - a young man who is about to take his own life. Putting her own life in danger, Ellie convinces Gareth that there is something left to live for. But has Ellie's good deed unwittingly put her life in danger...?
A gritty thriller set in Manchester.
When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O’Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content. But with no victim visible, nor any indication of where the unidentifiable crime scene is located, Ryan and O’Neil get the distinct feeling someone is playing with them. More videos start arriving at police stations around the country, the body count rises. But what connects all the victims? And why are they being targeted?
A tense police procedural.