New crime and thriller fiction this week

burnAdler-Olsen – Guilt   1987: Nete Hermansen, a young woman brutally assaulted in her youth, sterilised without her consent by a fanatical surgeon, and banished to Sprogo, the island for outcast women is planning her escape and vengeance. People begin to go missing and no one – certainly not the police – knows why, nor that individual cases are connected. Today: Carl Mørck and his assistants in Dept Q are examining old missing persons cases and spot a disturbing pattern from 1987. Translated from Danish

Beaton – Death of yesterday When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn’t remember what happened the previous evening, he’s not unduly worried. After all, she’s been out drinking. When her body is discovered in a ditch, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness – now dead – has forgotten

Black – The black-eyed blonde  Early 50s, Los Angeles. Private detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under her spell but tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune

Craig – A man of sorrows   Hunting down a paeodophile priest, Inspector Carlyle finds himself up against his old adversary Christian Holyrod …

Hall – The burning In the icy, languid days following Xmas, a dense fog has settled over the Wye Valley. Local Coroner Jenny Cooper, still reeling after being abandoned by her partner for the festivities, is called to the scene of a tragedy: a house burned to the ground, revealing terrible secrets. Before the fire began, Ed Morgan had shot his two stepdaughters dead, before turning the gun on himself. His infant son is still missing..

Hogan – A pleasure and a calling  You won’t remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your new home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. …

Joyce – Perfect Sunday Times Bestseller Summer- 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin ‘Operation Perfect’, a hapless mission to rescue Byron’s mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local café, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?

Kasasian – The Mangle Street murders Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London’s most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. March Middleton is Sidney Grice’s ward, and she is determined to help him on his next case. Her guardian thinks women are too feeble for detective work, but when a grisly murder in the slums proves too puzzling for even Sidney Grice’s encyclopaedic brain, March turns out to be rather useful after all.

Kent – Burial rites In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdøttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jøn Jønsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tøti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her.

McPherson – Dandy Gilver and a deadly measure of brimstone Perthshire 1929 and the menfolk of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy. Dandy the devoted wife and mother decides it is time to decamp; Dandy the intrepid detective, however, decides to decamp to the scene of a murder she would dearly love to solve.

Morris – The dark palace April, 1914. The premiere of notorious Austrian director Konrad Waechter’s new film is interrupted by the screams of a woman in the street outside. She has been viciously mutilated in a horrific act of violence which eerily echoes a macabre act of violence in Waechter’s film. DI Silas Quinn and his team investigate.

Robinson, Peter Bad boy and Piece of my heart   2 fantastic DCI Banks crime novels!!

Stabenow – A night too dark      When an abandoned pickup truck complete with suicide note leads a search party to find human remains that have clearly served as a snack for a bear, case closed – suicide by Alaska. But things get complicated when the dead man stumbles out of the wilderness and onto Kate’s homestead weeks later. Kate Shugak series

Tremayne – Atonement of blood   Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the nobles of his realm to a feast. The gathering is interrupted by a messenger shouting ‘Remember Liamuin!’, who stabs King Colgú. Who is Liamuin? Who is behind the assassination attempt? Colgú’s sister, Fidelma of Cashel, and her companion, Brother Eadulf are charged with solving the mystery

Whitelaw – Jazz and die    Jordan Lacey, former policewoman-turned-private-investigator, needs work, so when dishy DCI James offers the job of guarding Maddy, unruly daughter of a famous jazz trumpeter, from a stalker, she accepts and heads off to the festival in Dorset in her new car, the Wasp. But discovering DCI James’s cold case involves a victim the same age as Maddy, and from the same school, Jordan is sure there is a link

Yrsa Sigurardottir – Someone to watch over me    A young man with Down’s Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thóra to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn’t do it, who did?

Yrsa Sigurardottir – The silence of the sea    International bestseller. A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon? Translated from the Icelandic.


Bilal – Dogstar rising  Cairo, 2001. The murder of young boys is fanning the embers of religious hatred. As tensions mount, Makana has a premonition that history is about to repeat itself. Hired to investigate threats that have been made to a travel agent, he finds himself drawn to Meera, a woman who knows what it is like to lose all, and who needs his help

Clough – In the company of strangers    Two dead in a terrorist attack on the Second National Bank in Atlanta, a vicious mayoral re-election and puzzling intervention by the Ku Klux Klan, complicates British counter-terrorism expert Dr Marcus Denning’s solemn dance of death with Abu Almussab, Denning’s one-time torturer in Beirut. And both are being watched by a nameless man in the black Lincoln whose motivation is unknowable

Fox, Kathryn – Fatal impact – New novel by the author of ‘Malicious Intent’, ‘Without Consent’ and ‘Skin and Bone.’

Orford – Water music A terrified, frozen child is found close to death on an icy Cape Town mountainside. No-one reported her missing, where does she come from?

Minier – The frozen dead  The first victim is a horse: its headless body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a secure asylum for the criminally insane a few miles away. Commandant Servaz, a Toulouse city cop, can’t believe he has been called out over the death of an animal; translated from French

Parris – Treachery Summer, 1585. As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip’s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake’s departure. Historical thriller

Pritchard – Scarecrow  Fast-paced and compelling, set partly in the Andalusian province of Almeria, partly in England. Danny Sanchez, a bi-lingual journalist, leaves for Spain when his mentor and boss on a Hampshire local newspaper commits suicide

Turow – Presumed innocent  5*rated thriller Rusty Sabich is a prosecuting lawyer in Chicago who enters a nightmare world when Carolyn, a beautiful attorney with whom he has been having an affair, is found raped and strangled. He stands accused of the crime

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  1. Thanks for this great list! I will definitely be adding quite a few of these to my TBR list. I’ve always been interested in DNA and its function in shaping us as human beings. I just finished a really interesting thriller/crime fiction novel called Human Source Code by author Lubos Borik ( that deals with this subject matter in a very unique way. Full of suspense and twists & turns, it follows a detective named Klapman who discovers the evil truths behind an organization weeding out the population based on their DNA and what they perceive it does to their very nature. Dealing with themes of DNA manipulation and the effect of nature vs nurture this novel really makes you think. How far could someone go when the ability to change the very structure of our DNA is discovered. Very thrilling and left me with a lot of new thoughts on the subject. Hope you will give it a read and perhaps it will make a blog list in the future 🙂

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