It would be criminal for you to miss out on these essential crime, suspense and thriller titles, especially when they make such wonderful gifts. Whatever your loved ones favourite kind of mystery, we’ve got one that’ll have them staying up late to finish it.
Rachel is divorced, depressed, drinks too much and is prone to blackouts. On the same daily commute she takes to spying on others people’s “perfect” lives as the train goes past their windows. Then one day, one instant, she sees something shocking. What will she do? With a breakneck pace, and truly compelling characters; there’s a reason why all your friends are talking about this book.
Another fabulous Nordic Noir thriller from everyone’s favourite Norwegian. Hitman Jon is an isolated corner of northern Norway, hiding out from Oslo’s terrifying crime boss, the Fisherman. He falls in with widow Lea and young son Knut who bring Jon supplies in his remote cabin. But winter near the Arctic Circle is not for Jon, he’s trying (and failing) to cope with the sun that never sets, just as the Fisherman’s men discover his hideout…
It is death by diet in the late, great Ruth Rendell’s final book. Young writer Carl gives his friend Stacey a packet of diet pills, which causes her death. He tries to keep this secret—from his public and the police—but is blackmailed by creepy Dermot. But then Carl fights back: can he turn the tables on his blackmailer?
Murder on a hen do, is the premise of this un-put-down-able page turner from debut author Ruth Ware. That charts the coming together of a group of old friends—including reclusive crime writer Leonora—in a nice country house. There’s plenty of booze and lots of bitchy backbiting – what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot, as Leonora wakes in up in hospital days later, bloodied and bruised and with no memory of the night that seems to have ended in bloody murder.
You might want to keep the lights on after this. A family is found butchered, with forensics revealing that an abattoir stun gun was used to rendered them insensible before they were killed. Can this be the work of the “Slaughter Man”, a serial killer of 30 years ago? There is only one man to find out—tough as nails Metropolitan police detective Max Wolfe.
Crime master James Patterson has the toughest case yet for his favourite detective. Alex Cross heads to his North Carolina home for the first time in 30 years after his cousin is framed for a horrific crime. But trouble is only just beginning as Cross gets pulled investigating a string of socialite murders and a ghost from his past is resurrected.
On a hot, sweltering summer in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1989, the lives of the people in an idyllic suburban neighbourhood of barbeques and pool parties are shattered after a horrific crime is perpetuated on 15-year-old Lindy. M O Walsh’s debut is a lush and atmospheric—you can practically smell the gumbo cooking—look into innocence lost.
It’s all curtain twitching and gossipy intrigue as Simenon’s much-loved sleuth Maigret travels from Paris to a provincial village to help a friend accused of murdering his daughter’s lover. But the case is almost the least of Maigret’s worries as he is plunged into small town animosity and runs up against his old foe, the corrupt ex-copper known as “Inspector Cadaver”.
A triumphant return for Temperance “Bones” Brennan, Kathy Reichs’ gutsy forensic anthropologist. A decade ago, she had her most devastating case, when child murderer Anique Pomerleau evaded capture and disappeared. Now Brennan is called to investigate a scene which duplicates Pomerleau’s grisly M.O. Is Pomerleau back? And if so, can Brennan stop him?
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