Our best crime fiction audiobooks

27 August 2015

By Pan Macmillan

Lamentation, C.J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron – the Queen of England. She has a secret... The Queen has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has – inexplicably – vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer.

Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive has been described by Reese Witherspoon as 'the kind of book that grabs you and doesn't let go'.

Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancé. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts...

You Are Dead, Peter James

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancĂ©e, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces. 

The Liar's Chair, Rebecca Whitney

Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. But when Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack. Destroying all evidence of the accident, David insists they continue as normal. Rachel though is racked with guilt and as her behaviour becomes increasingly self-destructive...

The Holy Thief, Willam Ryan

Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD – the most feared organisation in Russia – becomes involved. As more bodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust; and who, in this Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevails, are the real criminals. 

The Bones of You, Debbie Howells

When 18-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village she lives in will never be the same again. Gardener Kate, who has a daughter Rosie's age, is struck with guilt over her disappearance, and when Rosie's body is found, beaten and knifed, she becomes obsessed with the mystery of who killed her...

Locked In, Kerry Wilkinson

When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is left to not only find the killer but discover how they got in and out. And then, a second body shows up in identical circumstances to the first. How can a murderer get to victims in seemingly impossible situations and what, if anything, links the bodies?

The Killing, David Hewson

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen police department. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. When links between the government and the murder suddenly come to light, the case takes an entirely different turn...


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