Need a good crime fiction novel to sink your teeth into? Here are our suggestions that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
It is thirty years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes she knows what happened to Mercy.
Now, Atlee is called in to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body, and its rider missing. She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation.
See all David Badacci's books in order here.
It’s been raining for days in Vigàta, and the persistent downpours have led to violent floods overtaking the Inspector’s beloved hometown, sweeping across the land and leaving only a sea of mud behind. It is on one of these endless grey days that a man – a Mr Giuglù Nicotra – is found dead. His body discovered in a large sewage tunnel, half naked and with a bullet in his back.
The investigation is slow and slippery to start with, but when Montalbano realizes that every clue he uncovers and every person he interviews is leading to the same place: the world of public spending – and with it, the Mafia – the case begins to pick up pace.
See all the books in the Inspector Montalbano series here.
Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s big Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.
Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye of Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy is gone. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
See all Peter James' Roy Grace series here.
Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life.
But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.
See all the books in the Shetland series here.
In Cry Baby, "I would do anything for my child" is put to the true test.
When Eric Vogel is attacked and left unconscious in her apartment, she wakes only to find that her six-month-old daughter has been abducted.
She's offered a chance to get her back: but at an unthinkable price.
Cry Baby is the fourth novel in the Detective Callum Doyle series.
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When M15 agent Matt Logan is tasked with tracking two terrorists known as ‘Iron Sword’ and ‘Storm Fist’ he is frustrated by the red tape and rules that hinder his progress. His wishes seem to come true when he is offered the chance to join a new, deniable outfit known as ‘Blindeye’.
Then devastating news reaches Logan, throwing his world into turmoil. But one thing remains certain, he will join the team and become their fiercest, most ruthless operative . . .
When Claire Milo met Josh Flynn, she knew they were destined to be together. Shauna Everett has had her eye on Josh for years and nobody is going to stand in her way. If it means she has to play dirty to get what she wants, then so be it . . .
Bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified her fans for 11 years by never setting foot outside her home. After discovering her sister in a pool of blood, murdered, she’s haunted by the face of the man fleeing the scene.
When she sees her sister’s murderer on television, she does what she knows best - and writes her next novel with an irresistible trap for him... but was he really her sister’s killer or has Linda got it wrong?
Featuring a serial killer that collects the bones of his victims, Rattle by Fiona Cummins is a thriller that will keep you page turning until the very end - and make you want to leave the light on.
The Collector has set his sights upon his next victims: two children named Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle: two different children but desirable for similar reasons.
Will the police find them before it’s too late?
A serial killer stalks New Orleans in 1919 and issues an ultimatum: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim.
As the fearful city complies with his demands, three individuals are set on unmasking the killer’s identity. The Axeman’s Jazz features gruesome murders, a mystery and is based on true events.
You may know this title from the film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Child 44 is about a killer who begins murdering people at will. When investigations into the crime begin, Leo Demidov finds himself demoted and exiled.
In a country where crime "doesn't exist", Leo has to uncover the truths about the killer but also Stalin's Soviet Union...
Widely considered to be the first full length detective novel in English literature, The Moonstone is still one of the most popular in the genre.
The action centers around a young English woman who inherits an Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday which is stolen after she wears it at a party.
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?
Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths is the story of Ruth, a single mother of two who wakes up to find her kids missing and no clue what happened to them . . . until both turn up dead.
With all evidence pointing to Ruth and the town having made up its mind over her guilt, it’s a story of discovering what really happened and if this mother-of-two could really kill her own children.
Opening with a crime of passion after a years-long love affair has soured, The Dead Girls soon plunges into an investigation of something even darker: Serafina Baladro and her sister run a successful brothel business in a small town, so successful that they begin to expand. But when business starts to falter, life in the brothel turns ugly, and slowly, girls start disappearing . . .
Based on real events, the story of serial-killing brothel owners Delfina and María de Jésus González, whose crimes were uncovered in 1964, The Dead Girls is a deliciously satirical black comedy - a potent blend of sex and mayhem. Written in the laconic tones of a police report, it cleverly uncovers the hopeless pedantry of a broken justice system, and the dark world of prostitution.
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