On the Radar: The first crime novels of 2024

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The press releases and preview copies have been arriving thick and fast here at Crime Fiction Lover. It looks like 2024 has plenty of excitement in store for readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers, and this week we bring you the first crop of books scheduled for release in the New Year. There are lots of interesting angles in these stories, which include three debuts.

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Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

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New year, a new author – this time it is Kate Brody, whose twisty psychological thriller is out on 2 January. Rabbit Hole explores the dark side of true crime fandom, focusing on Theodora ‘Teddy’ Angstrom, who becomes obsessed with solving the disappearance of her older sister, Angie, a decade ago. Her father was obsessed too, and now he has killed himself. After Teddy discovers he had been active in a Reddit community fixated on Angie, she can’t help but fall down the same rabbit hole. As she gets more and more entrenched, Teddy meets Mickey, a charming amateur sleuth who seems eerily keen on helping her solve the case…
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The Glass Woman by Alice McIlroy

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What happens when a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong? Find out when Alice McIlroy’s crime fiction debut The Glass Woman is published on 2 January. Pioneering scientist Iris Henderson is the first person to try her new experimental therapy, placing a piece of technology into her brain. At least, that’s what everyone tells her. Since the intervention, Iris is without her memories so she doesn’t remember the therapy is or why she would ever decide to volunteer for it. Now Alice doesn’t know who to trust – and as she digs beneath the surface of her apparently happy life, a catastrophic chain of events is set in motion.
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The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan Santlofer

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The author of The Last Mona Lisa turns his sights to another old master when Jonathan Santlofer’s The Lost Van Gogh arrives on 2 January. It has always been rumoured that Van Gogh produced a final self-portrait in the days before his death. Now that painting has been found by Luke Perrone, artist and great-grandson of the man who stole the Mona Lisa, and Alexis Verde, daughter of a notorious art thief, and they are drawn into an epic art puzzle. When the painting disappears again, they reunite with Interpol agent John Washington Smith in a dangerous and deadly search that draws them into one of history’s darkest eras.
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Anna O by Matthew Blake

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Is Anna O a sleeping beauty or a sleeping killer? Find out when Matthew Blake’s debut novel arrives on 2 January in the US and on 1 February in the UK. Anna Ogilvy was a budding 25-year-old writer with a bright future. Then, one night, she stabbed two people to death with no apparent motive – and hasn’t woken up since. Dubbed ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by the tabloids, Anna has a rare psychosomatic disorder known to neurologists as resignation syndrome. Dr Benedict Prince, a forensic psychologist and an expert in the field of sleep-related homicides, could hold the key to solving the case and waking Anna up to stand trial, but are doctor and patient prepared for what they might uncover?
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Who’s Watching the Children by Carren Strock

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Carren Strock’s Coney Island Mystery series continues on 2 January with the arrival of Who’s Watching the Children. Book one introduced hard-working detectives Cardello and Rothman, and street-wise teenager Moses and all three have a part to play in this multi-layered mystery that will take you from dank basements of the housing projects to the glittering lights of the fair. Two frightened children are discovered, but where is their mother? And could the disappearance have any connection to the kidnapping of a nurse? Cardello and Rothman have plenty on their plate and they’re going to need all the help they can get to solve this one.
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