On the Radar: Lethal Voyage or smooth sailing?

If you love crime fiction and need to take a mental break from the pandemic and politics, then you’ve come to the right place. This week we’ll start off with a mystery on a cruise ship care of author Kevin Chapman, and also introduce you to some freshly translated Dutch crime fiction. We’ve also got crime novels set in Wales and Northern Ireland, and a bit of a classic style mystery involving a dead policeman who was very much disliked when he was alive.

So, another varied batch of new crime fiction novels for you to choose from. Let us know which ones you enjoy.

Lethal Voyage by Kevin G Chapman

Lethal Voyage by Kevin Chapman

Fall into a little escapist crime fiction with Kevin G Chapman’s Lethal Voyage, which is out on 22 November as an ebook and takes place on a luxurious cruise ship sailing out of New York and heading for Bermuda. On board are NYPD detectives Mike Stoneman and Jason Dickson, advised to take leave after making unwelcome headlines with a recent case. They’re looking forward to enjoying the sumptuous surroundings and relaxing with their girlfriends. However, there’s a killer on board and soon their skills, and that of Mike’s girlfriend, medical examiner Michelle McNeill, are in great demand. And they’re about to learn that being in the spotlight can be mighty dangerous..
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Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers

Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers

The original Dutch version of this book has already been making waves over in the Netherlands, now the English translation of Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers is now available. It’s described as a thriller with a touch of romance, but there’s no sign of hearts and flowers when young wife and mother Jennifer learns her hotshot lawyer husband has been found dead at a holiday park. The police see it as an open and shut case, but Jennifer is convinced otherwise – and her search for the truth is about to get her into all kinds of trouble.
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Letters from the Dead by Sam Hurcom

Letters from the Dead by Sam Hurcom

It’s the second book by Sam Hurcom to feature Thomas Bexley, one of the world’s first forensic photographers, but Letters from the Dead works as a standalone and it is out on 24 November. The year is 1905, and the book is set in Wales. Bexley is haunted by events in the recent past and has turned to the bottle and retreated into solitude. But when news of a series of strange kidnappings filters through, Bexley must act. His dead friend and mentor Professor Elijah Hawthorn is the main suspect and Bexley is driven to prove the police wrong. But he is still haunted by the dead, and with his sanity hanging by a thread, can Bexley be trusted to uncover the truth?
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Turncoat by Anthony J Quinn

Turncoat by Anthony J Quinn

Author Anthony J Quinn hit the ground running with his debut Disappeared, which was nominated for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2014. Since then he’s produced several other books featuring Northern Irish detective Celsius Daly. Turncoat, out on 26 November, is a standalone. The Troubles may be over, but their ripples still affect life in the province. The only person to survive a murderous ambush, a Belfast police detective sets off to a strangely atmospheric island in the middle of Lough Derg in search of an informant who can give him some answers. But as he mingles among the pilgrims on the holy island he begins to realise that nothing is quite as it seems.
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The Syndicate Six Murder by Geoffrey Osborne

The Syndicate Six Murders by Geoffrey Osbourne

He’s best known for spy thrillers, now Geoffrey Osborne is turning his hand to the police procedural with The Syndicate Six Murder, out now. Detective Harold Ashington is dead. He’s not exactly mourned by his colleagues because Ashington was a bully and a blackmailer, and the list of suspects is as long as your arm. Det Supt Ralph Blades has his work cut out and the investigation gets even more convoluted when his chief suspect and members of his team are brutally attacked and left for dead. It’s going to be a tough nut to crack – can Blade and his new second-in-command Detective Dorothy Fraser uncover who has motive, means and opportunity?
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Read about last week’s new crime novels here.

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