Our best crime novels of 2015

10 December 2015

By Pan Macmillan

From award-winning historical mysteries to gripping psychological thrillers, here's a round up of the best crime fiction books we've published this year.

Lamentation

As Henry VIII's long reign finally draws to a close and his councillors are engaged in a power struggle over who will control his successor Prince Edward, Matthew Shardlake is summoned to Whitehall Palace, to the Queen's private chambers. He is asked to undertake a delicate mission, a mission where failure will put the Queen's very life in mortal danger as intrigue swirls deep within the palace...

 

 

Every Night I Dream of Hell

Just as Nate Colgan, the 'smart muscle' for the Jamieson organization, is appointed its new 'security consultant', things start to unravel... It begins with an execution, a message; and soon the various factions within the organization are sent into chaos. But out of the confusion comes one clear fact: a new group has arrived in Glasgow, and in their quest for power they are prepared to ignite a war. But who is behind the group? 

Malcolm Mackay: To write like a killer, you have think like a killer

 

Luckiest Girl Alive
 
Described as the next Gone Girl and praised by Reese Witherspoon as'One of those great stories you can't put down', Jessica Knoll's debut novel is the must-read book of the year.

Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancĂ©. But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

 
The Moth Catcher

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, Patrick, to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley.
 
DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look round the attic of the big house – where Patrick has a flat – she finds the body of a second man. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here...

Why we love Vera Stanhope
 
The Bones of You

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 
You Are Dead

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

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.

Five things you didn't know about Roy Grace
 
The Liar's Chair

Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship. David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions and when Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack....

Rebecca Whitney: Are we hardwired to love reading thrillers?
 
 
 
 
 
City of Strangers

Grace Scott returns from honeymoon with her new husband, Mac, to fine a man lying dead in their new Edinburgh flat. They don't know who he is or where he's come from. Then, three months later, Grace finds a note tucked inside one of their wedding gifts which sends her on a journey to discover what really happened in her flat.

Louise Millar on the inspiration behind her novel
 
 
 
Lamentation
Luckiest Girl Alive
The Moth Catcher
The Liar's Chair
You Are Dead
The Bones of You
Every Night I Dream of Hell
City of Strangers