So many great new crime novels are added to stock every week, but these are Leeds Readers top rated reads so far in 2014– every one has been given 5 stars! Pop down to your library or reserve them now 🙂
Guilt by Adler-Olsen, Jussi
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 her vengeance. Soon people begin to go missing and no one – certainly not the police – knows why, nor that individual cases are connected.
Patrick has been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, and infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: nothing is exactly as it seems, and that there have been many more lies closer to home.
Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair 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 becomes the prime suspect for his murder
The strange death of Fiona Griffiths By Bingham, Harry 4 x 5* ratings!
When DC Fiona Griffiths says ‘yes’ to her policeman boyfriend, it’s an affirmation that she wants finally to put her psychological breakdown behind her. But she still can’t resist the challenge of an undercover policing course, and finding it remarkably easy to assume a new identity, she comes top of the class. So when an ingenious payroll fraud starts to look like the tip of a huge criminal iceberg, she is selected to infiltrate the fraudsters’ operation. Posing as a meek former payroll clerk now forced to work as a cleaner, she becomes Fiona Grey, hoping the criminals will try and recruit her – knowing that if they discover her real identity, she’s dead.
Holy orders by
1950s Dublin. When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice
The burglar who counted the spoons by Block, Lawrence
Everybody’s favourite burglar returns in an eleventh adventure that finds him and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet
Angelica’s smile by
When members of Vigata’s elite are targeted in a series of perfectly executed burglaries, Inspector Montalbano reluctantly takes the case. It soon becomes clear however that more links these privileged few than simply their lost possessions. It isn’t long too before Montalbano finds himself taken with one of the victims, the captivatingly beautiful young Angelica. But as the detective’s attraction grows – until he can think of little else – a series of strange, anonymous letters claiming responsibility for the thefts begin to arrive
The kill by Casey, Jane
When a police officer is found shot dead in his car, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent take on the investigation. Nothing about the case prepares them for what happens next: a second policeman dies – and then another. The Metropolitan Police struggle to carry out their usual duties, but no one knows where or how this cop killer will strike again. While London disintegrates into lawlessness, Maeve’s world starts to fall apart too.
Her last breath by Castillo, Linda
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?
As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revellers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, they notice that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. Nobody sees the stabbing take place. Margaret’s murderer is seemingly invisible; her killing motiveless. Why would anyone want to harm this reserved, elegant lady?
The keeper by Delaney, Luke 7 readers rated this 5 *
DI Sean Corrigan is different to most cops. No psychic, yet his own dark past has given him the ability to step into a crime scene and see it through the eyes of the offender. He understands what drives a person to commit murder, rape, arson – but sometimes his gift seems more like a burden. When the brutally murdered body of a young woman is found in the woods, Corrigan and his team are on the case. But this is not the act of a one-time offender rather someone who has been taking women from their homes and keeping them captive before disposing of their bodies.
Never look back by Donoghue, Clare
Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.
As Hitler’s forces smash into Soviet territory, a German scout plane is forced down. Contained within is an inconsequential painting of a red moth. Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons Inspector Pekkala to discover the real significance of this strange cargo
Black lies, red blood by
Inspector Ann Lindell hasn’t had much time to enjoy her new relationship with journalist Anders Brant before he disappears without a trace and a homeless man’s body is found with Anders’ phone number in his pocket
Death angel by Fairstein, Linda A. 6 readers loved this
In New York’s Central Park, Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or could other missing women be connected to this savage attack? The enormous urban park, a sanctuary in the middle of the city for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists who fill it every day, may very well become a hunting ground at night for a killer with a twisted mind.
Gallowglass by Ferris, Gordon
Douglas Brodie is dead. Just 4 weeks before, a senior banker was kidnapped. Brodie delivered the ransom money on the instructions of the abducted man’s wife, but the drop went disastrously wrong. Brodie was coshed in the kidnapper’s den and woke with a gun in his hand next to a very dead banker with a bullet in his head. The case against Brodie is watertight: the bullet comes from his own revolver, the banker’s wife denies knowing him, and his pockets are stuffed with ransom notes. Brodie cheats justice by committing suicide in his prison cell. Could this be the sordid end for a distinguished ex-copper, decorated soldier and man of parts?
Cinderella girl by
When detective Petra Westman finds an unconscious child in an undergrowth, and then stumbles upon the mother’s dead body hidden inside a grit bin, the Hammarby Police team is shocked by the gruesome case. The strangest thing is that nobody seems to be missing the victims. Soon chief investigator Conny Sjøberg is faced with another murder. A teenage girl has been killed aboard cruise ship Cinderella and her younger sister will be next if Sjøberg can’t uncover the killer
The chosen dead by Hall, M. R.
When coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the death of a friend’s 13-year-old daughter from meningitis. But as she pieces together the
dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose ripples stretch across continents
I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don’t know the outcome. The house is silent. Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house, the nightmare is about to return
The house of dolls by Hewson, David
Anneliese Vos, 16-year-old daughter of Amsterdam detective, Pieter Vos, disappeared 3 years ago in mysterious circumstances. Her distraught father’s desperate search reveals nothing and he leaves the police force. One day, while Vos is wasting time at the Rijksmuseum staring at a doll’s house that seems to be connected in some way to the case, Laura Bakker, a misfit trainee detective, visits him. She tells him that Katja Prins, daughter of an important local politician, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese. Vos is drawn back into life as a detective.
The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island . Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing. When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that leads him to the toughest choice of his life, creating personal nightmares, both life-threatening and career changing.
Buried angels by
A family vanishes without a trace from the island of Valo outside of Fjallbacka. The dinner table has been exquisitely set, but everyone except the one year-old daughter Ebba is gone. Are they victims of a crime or have they voluntarily disappeared? Years later Ebba returns to the island. She and her husband have recently lost their young son, and in an attempt to overcome their grief they have decided to renovate the house and open a B&B. The couple have barely settled in before they are subjected to an attempt of arson
In the freezing winter of 2010, with the Irish recession in full flow, property tycoon Dermot Brennan is found dead at his Dublin home. Leading the murder investigation is 56-year-old Detective Inspector Leo Woods, an embittered former UN soldier with a cocaine habit, a penchant for collecting masks and a face disfigured by Bells Palsy. DI Woods meets his match in Detective Sergeant Helen Troy, a bright and ambitious but impetuous young policewoman with a troubled family.
The hangman’s song by Oswald, James Great read!
The body of a man is founding hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and that the most irrational answers become the only explanations
London, 1856. It is a time of progress, with the Empire’s interests expanding and the Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain – and to lose – as the world rapidly changes. When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime. William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed. As he and his wife Hester investigate further, he begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted. If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more hazardous
Thankless in death by Robb, J. D.
Murder doesn’t stop for Thanksgiving. As the household of NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband
Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents – by ending their lives. Soon Jerald Reinhold is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life. Eve is increasingly frustrated in her efforts to cover all the potential victims as Jerald stays a terrifying step ahead. As the festivities begin, Eve is desperate to identify which victim on Jerald’s long list will be the next.
Sidney Chambers and the problem of evil by Runcie, James
It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy, amongst other cases.
Gordianus is now 22 years old and living in Alexandria with Bethesda, scraping by in modest and haphazard fashion. But then Bethesda is kidnapped by mistake. With few resources available to him, Gordianus has to find the people who kidnapped her and get her back – before they realise they have the wrong woman and dispose of her for good
When detective’s daughter Stella Darnell discovers some old photos in her father’s darkroom, an old case is reopened. The oldest photo dates back to 1966 when a ten year-old girl witnesses something that will haunt her forever
May, 1588. With Elizabeth I’s court rocked by stories of an imminent invasion and one of his key undercover agents missing, Sir Francis Walsingham despatches Kit Marlowe to the Isle of Wight off the south coast: the first line of defence against the approaching Spanish Armada. Lodging at Carisbrooke Castle, Marlowe finds the Islanders a strange and suspicious lot, with their own peculiar customs and dialect. But is there reason to doubt their loyalty to the Crown
Dead gone by Veste, Luca
The young girl you have found isn’t the first experiment I’ve carried out. She won’t be the last. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they’re chasing a killer unlike any they’ve hunted before – one who doesn’t just want their bodies, but wants their minds
The death collector by White, Neil
Joe Parker is Manchester’s top criminal defence lawyer and Sam Parker – his brother – is a brilliant detective with the Greater Manchester Police. Together they must solve a puzzling case that is chilling Manchester to the bone. The Death Collector is charming, sophisticated and intelligent, but he likes to dominate women, to make them give themselves to him completely; to surrender their dignity and their lives. He’s a collector of beautiful things, so once he traps them he’ll never let them go. Joe is drawn into the Death Collector’s world when he becomes involved in a supposed miscarriage of justice.
Behind closed doors by Wilkinson, Kerry
Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has barely left her house in months, isolated away from friends and colleagues. She may have given up on herself but one man is sure she still has something to offer. DCI Jack Cole gives her a chance at redemption: an opportunity to help a neighbouring force by discovering what is going on with a reclusive community living in a stately home in the middle of nowhere. People are going missing, turning up dead with only a vague link back to the house. But can Jessica beat her own demons in time to find out exactly what’s going on behind closed doors?