The Cossack

Written by KJ Lawrence — Though this debut espionage thriller kicks off with a murder in winter 2014, it’s not the usual intercontinental bloodbath. In fact,…

Resurrection Bay

Written by Emma Viskic — Over the five years I’ve been reviewing for Crime Fiction Lover, some of my most memorable reads have featured protagonists…

No Dominion

Written by Louise Welsh — If you haven’t read the first two volumes of Louise Welsh’s The Plague Times Trilogy I urge you to do so.…

Ask No Questions

Written by Lisa Hartley — Lisa Hartley is best known for her DS Catherine Bishop books, but here she introduces us to Detective Caelan (pronounced…

Stillhouse Lake

Written by Rachel Caine — A drunk driver loses control of his vehicle and hits a house in Wichita, Kansas, shattering the lives of Gina…

Love Like Blood

Written by Mark Billingham — It must be easy for a series author to fall into a pattern, giving us murder by numbers and keeping an established…

Western Fringes

Written by Amer Anwar — The CWA Debut Dagger award has been encouraging new writers to enter the genre for 15 years now. The submissions are…

Sting

Written by Sandra Brown — What’s your guilty pleasure, when you’re not crime fiction loving? Mine’s Nora Roberts (and not in her JD Robb persona,…

The Night Visitor

Written by Lucy Atkins — How far would you go to protect your reputation? In the academic world, where issues of plagiarism or biased research methods…

The Fix

Written by David Baldacci — The third novel in the series begins with Amos Decker on his way to work one morning at the FBI in Washington, DC. Right…

The Thirst

Written by Jo Nesbo, translated by Neil Smith — The tagline says it all: Harry Hole is back! For those following the ten-book series featuring the dour,…

Dead Woman Walking

Written by Sharon Bolton — Standalone novels. Some you can take or leave, while others make a lasting impression. Then there’s a third, little populated,…

The Chalk Pit

Written by Elly Griffiths — Some books are let down by the lack of coherent characterisation, featuring players so one-dimensional they would blow away in a gentle…