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Friday Read

The Deserter

  Nelson DeMille has decades of amazing thriller novels under his belt, all filled with dry, sometimes cheeky wit, compassion and fantastic set pieces. The Deserter is no different – but it is the first novel he has co-written since 1998’s Mayday, and this time it’s significant: his co-author is his son, Alex, whose screenwriting credentials bring […]

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Playing Dirty

Playing Dirty is the new Liberty Chapman novel from Helen Black – an author who is up there with Martina Cole and Roberta Kray for gritty gangland crime with a tough female lead. The series is set in Leeds and follows Liberty, a high-flying lawyer with a very murky past. Hannah Wann  

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The Lennox series

  To tie in with paperback publication of the brilliant The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, we have reissued his wonderful Lennox series with a fabulous new cover design. The series features the eponymous Canadian PI as he conducts his murky and dangerous business in 1950s Glasgow. If you like your crime fiction to be […]

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A Death in Rembrandt Square

Publishing Director of Constable, Krystyna Green, does the Read this week: I love destination crime, and Amsterdam is the setting for Anja de Jager’s contemporary police procedural series featuring detective Lotte Meerman as our damaged and driven protagonist. Not only is this a gripping police procedural, joint star of the book together with Lotte is […]

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Pretty Guilty Women

I never thought I’d be able to replicate the weekend when my best friends and I holed up for two whole days to binge watch the entire first series of Big Little Lies. Between episodes we would unpick all that had happened in the last and make detailed (and, as it invariably turned out, wildly […]

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Strangers at the Gate

Once again, as our thought turn to darker days, longer nights and murderous deeds, I’m reading one of my authors who absolutely excels at the Gothic mystery. Last year, with Go to my Grave, she gave us the Christie-esque Scottish country house murder mystery while this year she offers us a whole village which harbours […]

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A Place to Lie

I’ve always been fascinated by idyllic little villages – what really goes on behind the closed doors of cosy cottages? In Witchwood, deep in the Forest of Dean, where Rebecca Griffiths has set her second novel, there are dark secrets and unspoken threats that will end in a tragedy. A Place to Lie moves between […]

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Connections in Death

I am always talking up this series as an excellent fun crime read, though one that doesn’t pull any punches. The deaths are gruesome, but the camaraderie between Eve and her deputy Peabody – and their whole team – and the excellence of Eve and her husband as a couple brings a respite to her […]

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The Sanctuary Murders

The Matthew Bartholomew series is a stalwart of historical crime fiction – this latest is the twenty-fourth book in the series – and it has many fans, but new readers are always welcome if medieval Cambridge feels like a place you want to be. The author writes in keeping with the period but in a […]

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A Death in the Medina

My recommendation this week is a thriller set in the dusty heat of Morocco – the perfect crime novel to read on your sun lounger, whilst sipping something cool. Death in the Medina is James von Leyden’s debut novel, which introduces us to young detective Karim Belkacem and his world of solving murders in Marrakech. […]

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Killing With Confetti

The Peter Diamond series is an excellent contribution to the world of British police procedurals, with our hero, the head of CID, solving cases in beautiful Bath and its environs. The town comes into play in this book through a wedding, which involves the Roman Baths and the Abbey. But, of course, with a dead […]

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The City in Flames

If you like slow-burning, intelligent and involving thrillers, then Michael Russell’s series, set in Dublin at the outbreak of World War II and featuring Stefan Gillespie, is for you. In this fifth outing for Stefan, the war takes him away from Dublin, over the water to London at the time of the Blitz, where he […]

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Clearing the Dark

Clearing the Dark is the second novel in Hania Allen’s Scottish crime series featuring DI Dania Gorska. The series follows Polish detective Dania, who works for the Specialist Crime Division in the Scottish city of Dundee. Dania is a brilliant lead detective – smart, strong and with a deep love of vodka, thanks to her […]

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American Spy

American Spy is a genre-defying spy thriller. It’s suspenseful, intelligent, tender and refreshing. Marlon James called it ‘a novel that will snatch your summer away,’ and it’s been likened to the work of John le Carré and Ralph Ellison. If you’re looking for a book to take on holiday with you, this is it! Sophia […]

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The Killer You Know

S. R. Masters’ debut novel, The Killer You Know, is an original and gripping thriller that explores the dangers of nostalgia and the toxicity of teenage friendships. It’s both a beautifully plotted whodunnit and a dark, often heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale, punctuated by moments of humour and all the nineties references you could want. S. R. […]

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