20 superb crime reads

20 superb crime reads

RubberneckerThe strange death of Fiona GriffithsAngelica's smileAn evil mindI've got you under my skinThe keeperTell no talesThe death seasonW is for wastedThe final minuteWrongful deathForensics: the anatomy of crimeThe hidden girlLand of the blindUnlucky 13Blood on the waterAbattoir bluesLamentationSecond lifeDon't talk to strangers


We’ve hand picked these titles and combined them into a list from a selection of:

  • Our top issuing titles last month
  • The very top reader rated titles of 2014 – all have at least five recommendations!
  • Titles from 2015 which have already received a 5 star rating or two.

Click through to 20 superb crime reads to read more about the titles. We guarantee you’ll find something good.




#LeedsReadsRecommends new crime and thrillers this Spring

The kind worth killingWe’ve selected some new crime and thriller titles for Spring that we think you’ll enjoy. From the big hitting and well known authors to debut novelists, there should be something here for all tastes. Our picks of other crime genres – historical, Eurocrime and psychological – are coming this week too.

Where we don’t have them in stock yet, you could reserve them to bag your copy.

Sascha Arango –The Truth and Other Lies. Tom Ripley type character Henry Hayden is a bestselling author whose life is a well constructed façade.

M. J. Arlidge – The Doll’s House. Chilling new one – his last book Pop goes the Weasel got a thumbs up from Leeds readers.

David Baldacci – Memory Man. Ex-detective Amos Decker, recovering from the loss of his family, must solve the gunning down of 13 teenagers. The author has 110 million copies of his books in print…

Belinda Bauer – The Facts of Life and Death. By very highly rated author of Rubbernecker  10 year old Ruby may be the next victim

Sharon Bolton – Little Black Lies – Tense / twisty psychological thriller from a best selling author

Crash & burnTom Callaghan – New author – debut thriller

Stella Cameron – Cold: A British Murder set in the Cotswolds

Linda Castillo – The Dead will tell Electrifying thriller from New York Times bestseller

Jeffery Deaver – Solitude Creek Kathrun Dance BK 3. Electrifying thriller

Luke Delaney – The Jackdaw. Fourth DI Corrigan – thrilling crime drama with a psychological edge

Eva Dolan – Tell no tales Hit and run crimes by this new –ish author

Margaret Duffy – Ashes to Ashes –Patrick Gillard’s father seeks his help when a disturbing claim is made about a recent cremation.

Steven Dunne – A Killing Moon. Very well rated by Leeds readers. DI Brook is confronted with kidnap, torture, and murder in this intricately plotted crime thriller

Paul Finch – Hunted – Heck, the maverick detective, is back. Hunted was a No1 e-book bestsellerThe Jackdaw

Lisa Gardner – Crash and Burn– Don’t miss this one from the bestselling author Compulsive, chilling, unputdownable.

Tess Gerritsen. Die Again  A Rissoli and Isles gripping thriller

Simon R Green – Dark Side of the Road. Compelling murder mystery

Tom Harper – Zodiac Station – chilling & eerie suspense thriller and Black River – set in deadly jungle

Jack Higgins – Rain on the Dead A Shaun Dillon story number 21 in the series. Murder, terrorism and revenge comes out later this year.

Peter James – You are Dead. Sunday Times bestseller new Roy Grace novel, No 11 in series due out May.

Quentin Jardine –Last Resort 25th landmark novel in the Bob Skinner series, on a manhunt in Catalunya. Hour of Darkness was the previous one

Tell no talesJonathan Kellerman – The Murderer’s Daughter. From bestselling and top thriller writer, this one features psychologist Dr Grace Blades. The Golem of Hollywood and Motive in the Alex Delaware series are also on order.

Renee Knight – ‘Disclaimer’ Tense & shocking debut.  Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft’s life into chaos.

Reif Larsen –I am Radar Epic novel about a radio operator who discovers a secret society

James Oswald – Prayer for the Dead. Fifth title in the Inspector McLean series. Deadman’s Bones and The Hangman’s Song got loads of top rating from our readers so watch out for this new one.

Matthew Pearl – The Last Bookaneer – Mystery, celebrity, theft – and a thrilling adventure set at the ends of the earth

Craig Robertson –In Place of Death. New novel by the CWA New Blood Dagger shortlisted author.

James Runcie –If you’ve watched Grantchester on ITV1, Sidney Chambers and the forgiveness of sins is the new one the series is based on.

Mark Sennen – Tell Tale – Reserve this if you like Broadchurch ….

Peter Swanson – The Kind worth Killing – Rated as one of 2015’s most compulsive thrillers. Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar

David Thorne – Nothing Sacred.  Daniel Connell series set in Essex’s criminal underworld about a lawyer who cannot escape his past. This one’s about a mother’s nightmare: her children are taken from her because of unexplained injuries all over their bodies. Who will believe her ?

#LeedsReadsRecommends – 10 new novels Spring 15

Spring Fiction- 10 titles not to be missed, in stock or coming soon. Watch out for our crime picks coming soon.

1. Kate Atkinson – A God in Ruins – Companion to ‘Life after Life’. It further explores the story pf Ursula’s younger brother fighter pilot Teddy.

2. Patrick Gale – A Place called Winter – Inspired by his own family history, it tells of Harry Cane who is forced to emigrate to Canada to make a new life for himself to prevent his family being engulfed in scandal.

3. Ryan Gattiss – All Involved – Los Angeles 1992 – The riots are shown through 18 different enforcement professionals and gang members Brilliant writing about a different world

4. Kazuo Ishiguro – The Buried GiantFirst novel in a decade from the amazing writer of Remains of the Day and Never let me Go. A couple set off in a land of mist & rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for many years.

5. Joanna Rakoff – A Fortunate Age – 1990s Brooklyn – A cast of college friends, the Dot.com boom and bust and 9/11 – coming of age in New York.

6.  Wolf Winter – Cecilia EkbackMystery set in 1717 Sweden. A Finnish family joins a small community of settlers and their daughter discovers a mutilated body.

7. Lillian on life by Alison Jean Lester – Lillian, a single, well-travelled woman of a certain age, wakes up next to her married lover and looks back at her life. It’s not at all the life she expected. Walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern options for women, Lillian has grappled with parental disappointment, society’s expectations and the vagaries of love and sex.

8. A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman – An unlikely friendship develops in Cornwall in 1948 between an old lady and a war damaged young man. By the author of When God was a Rabbit

9.  Paradise City by Elizabeth Day – 4 strangers lives collide with deep consequences. Depicts the divide between the haves and have-nots in today’s London.

10. The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence – Melody is spiralling out of control – a story of mental illness by the author of the extremely well rated ‘The Universe versus Alex Woods’