Here’s the new books coming to a library near you with lots of favourite detectives like DCI Banks, nods to TV series like the Killing, plus murder with a genealogical twist – who knew family history could be dangerous? and more
Crime novel of the week
Castillo, Linda – Her last breath 5* What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children?
Adams, Jane – Gregory’s game – Two men stand at a crossroads: Ex-DI Alec Friedman is recovering from a car crash, but feels empty. Hired killer Gregory is contemplating retirement. But then a brutal murder, and a seemingly meaningless kidnapping, drag them, and Alec’s wife Naomi, back into the game they were trying so hard to resist
Aird, Catherine – Dead heading – Detectives Sloan and Crosby are at a loss as to why Jack Haines’s greenhouse has been broken into; some expensive orchids have been destroyed. They suspect sinister doings, and their suspicions are confirmed when a woman goes missin
Beaton, M C – Death of a policeman – Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. On hearing of Blair’s plans Hamish is fully prepared to ensure young Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report, but before he can do that, Cyril is found dead and Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder
Delaney, Luke – The toy taker DI Sean Corrigan has always relied on his unique insight into dark minds to catch bad guys. But now, when he needs it most, his gift seems to have deserted him. Sean and his team have been moved to New Scotland Yard, precisely so his particular brand of policing can be put to best use. Now four-year-old George Bridgeman has disappeared from leafy Hampstead and Sean, bogged down in admin and logistics, can see no clear path through the investigation. Another child vanishes. How long before abduction becomes murder?
Griffiths, Elly – The outcast dead crime – Forensic archaeologist on a case
Hall, Patricia – Blood brothers 1963. A badly mutilated corpse is discovered on the site of the new Centre Point Tower currently under construction in London’s West End. With fingers and toes severed, it has all the hallmarks of a gangland killing. But Detective Sergeant Harry Barnard isn’t convinced. Meanwhile, a key witness has disappeared before the upcoming trial of East End gangster Georgie Robertson. Is there a connection?
Harvey, Michael– The innocence game They’re young, smart, mostly beautiful graduate students naive enough to believe they can make a difference. Little did they know the most important lesson they’d learn is how to stay alive. The first day of class for Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other, until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his jacket. Inside is a blood-stained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered 14 years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the man convicted of the murder is already dead. Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer
Hewson, David – The killing 111 crime – TV series novel
Lutz, John – In for the kill Frank Quinn, the relentless detective who made his debut in John Lutz’s acclaimed novel ‘Darker than Night’, faces his toughest and most personal case yet
Pilkington, Paul – The one you love Days before their wedding, during their last separate nights of hard-partying singledom, Emma Holden’s fiancé has gone missing. Not only has Dan disappeared without a trace, his brother is found beaten and left for dead, and may not wake from his coma. Suspicion for the attempted murder falls on Dan, but Emma refuses to believe his guilt. A long-hidden family secret seems to unite Emma’s troubled past with her dangerous present and, as time runs out her trust in her family, everyone faces the ultimate test
Rowson, Pauline – Death lies beneath Andy Horton mystery
Sampson, Fay – Beneath the soil crime with a genealogical twist — Suzie Fewings and her family are on a family-history trip when they hear a gunshot, and encounter a local farmer and his wife, who seem strangely agitated. Two days later, the wife is dead. Suzie is convinced there’s more to this than meets the eye, but the police don’t seem interested, and Suzie soon feels like she’s being watched
Turnbull, Peter– Denial of murder When the bodies of two murder victims are discovered within twenty-four hours of each other at the same location, each with a similar cause of death, the Murder and Serious Crime Squad of New Scotland Yard realise they must be linked. But how? Vicary and his team are drawn into a complex investigation – one which will take them from remote cottages in rural Hampshire to the dark world of inner city sex workers, child abuse within north London suburbia, and the injustice of a long-standing wrongful conviction