10 Of The BEST
Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, exclusively for CRIME SCENE
1. CAPTAIN SAM WYNDHAM By Abir Mukherjee
Former Scotland Yard Detective Sam Wyndham embarks on a journey to Calcutta to take up a post in the local police force. Mukherjee blends historical detail, political unrest and adept characterisation to create a fantastic new series lead.
6. MIA KRÜGER By Samuel Bjork
This is perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series and Danish crime drama The Bridge. Bjork has created a formidable twosome in Detective Kruger and Police Investigator Holger Munch. Their first outing, I’m Travelling Alone, is a tense and complex, puzzling whodunit.
2. DI MARNIE ROME By Sarah Hilary
A strong and troubled female lead is just one of the elements that make Sarah Hilary’s Marnie Rome series so readable. Faced with the complexities of modern social issues in the capital, her latest, Tastes Like Fear, travels deep into the heart of family networks.
7. CORMORAN STRIKE By Robert Galbraith
This author needs no introduction. Private detective Cormoran Strike goes from strength to strength in these very British thrillers, ably backed up by Robin Ellacott – their relationship proving just as interesting as the plots themselves. The latest, Career of Evil, is packed full of clever twists.
3. ARI THÓR ARASON By Ragnar Jonass on
Need someone to fill the Wallander-shaped hole in your life? Scandi-princeling Jonasson is right on the money with his Arason series – bleak, dark and beautiful. Travel to Iceland in the first book, Snowblind, where the 24-hour darkness will give you the chills.
8. IAN BRADSHAW By Howard Linskey
This series, set in the North East, sees Detective Bradshaw team up with journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton to solve dark, complex cases. Linskey creates strong, threedimensional characters – and these, combined with brilliant plotting and twists, will have you hooked from the start.
4. HERCULE POIROT By Sophie Hannah
Not a “new” detective by any stretch but an author breathing life into those “little grey cells”. Closed Casket, Sophie Hannah’s second Poirot novel, is a welcome return for a character who’s won the hearts of millions – and they said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks.
9. NICK BELSEY By Oliver Harris
Definitely a contender for coolest cop, Nick Belsey of Hampstead CID is contemporary London’s most intriguing detective. He’s cunning, audacious, freewheeling and – like his exploits – unpredictable. A new look at our capital city.
5. CARTER BLAKE By Mas on Cross
Blake is a US manhunter-cuminvestigator-cum-fixer who’s called on by the powers that be when they have high-profile problems. These action thrillers are fast-paced, adrenaline-filled and read like your favourite box set. The Time To Kill is the third in the series.
10. GEORGINA MCKENZIE By Marnie Riches
Criminologist Georgina Mckenzie has been dusting for fingerprints around the picturesque streets of Amsterdam for three books and now has a dedicated army of fans. Complex investigations for this feisty heroine are the calling cards for these books, which are pacy and captivating.