10 Of The BEST

Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, ex­clu­sively for CRIME SCENE

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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.

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