10 Of The BEST

Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, ex­clu­sively for CRIMESCENE

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1. DISOLUTION BY C.J. SANSOM

The Shard­lake se­ries is set dur­ing the reign of Henry VIII. When Thomas Cromwell’s Com­mis­sioner is found dead, lawyer Matthew Shard­lake is sent to in­ves­ti­gate. Fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal de­tail, a grip­ping plot and be­liev­able char­ac­ters make for a thrilling read.

6. THE ANATOMY OF GHOSTS BY AN­DREW TAY­LOR

In late 18th-cen­tury Cam­bridge, John Holdsworth has been sum­moned to in­ves­ti­gate ghostly sightings and dis­prove the pres­ence of su­per­nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena. Tay­lor’s lyri­cal master­piece begins as a chill­ing ghost story and soon turns into a cap­ti­vat­ing mys­tery.

2. THE AX­E­MAN’S JAZZ BY RAY CELESTIN

A grip­ping thriller set against the back­drop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Or­leans in 1919. A se­rial killer is stalk­ing the city and an un­likely trio set out to catch him: cop Michael Tal­bot, ex-de­tec­tive Luca d’an­drea and Ida, a sec­re­tary at the Pinker­ton Agency.

7. THE PLEA­SURES OF MEN BY KATE WIL­LIAMS

Wil­liams’ de­but is a dark, sin­is­ter gothic thriller set in 1840, that takes a mes­meris­ing look at Vic­to­rian London. When a bru­tal mur­derer strikes in the East End, a hero­ine with a mys­te­ri­ous past and a vivid imag­i­na­tion be­lieves that she can track down the cul­prit.

3. THE STRANGLER VINE BY M.J. CARTER

If you’re a fan of Ripper Street, then this pulse-rac­ing novel is for you. You’ll be to­tally cap­ti­vated as you ac­com­pany Carter’s de­tec­tive duo on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion – en­thralled by Blake’s fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter and lured in by Avery’s po­tent charisma.

8. THE STRINGS OF MUR­DER BY OS­CAR DE MURIEL

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will love this new, Vic­to­rian-era se­ries, which in­tro­duces the charm­ing de­tec­tive duo of In­spec­tor Ian Frey and De­tec­tive ‘Nine-nails’ Mcgray. A de­light­fully clever, darkly hu­mor­ous story that fea­tures a com­plex locked-room mys­tery.

4. THE ZIG ZAG GIRL BY ELLY GRIF­FITHS

Travel back to post-wwii Brighton with DI Edgar Stephens and ma­gi­cian Max Mephisto, for the first in this at­mo­spheric se­ries. Well-re­searched and beau­ti­fully writ­ten, The Zig Zag Girl min­gles magic and mur­der to cre­ate an en­chant­ing, orig­i­nal story.

9. A RIS­ING MAN BY ABIR MUKHER­JEE

Head to Cal­cutta with this at­mo­spheric de­but novel. Cap­tain Sam Wyndham, In­spec­tor Digby and Sergeant Ban­er­jee will guide you through the un­der­belly of the British Raj – from lux­u­ri­ous par­lours to seedy opium dens.

5. AN OFFICER AND A SPY BY ROBERT HARRIS

A grip­ping his­tor­i­cal thriller, set in Paris dur­ing 1895, fo­cus­ing on the Drey­fus af­fair. Harris com­bines a well-re­searched, au­then­tic story with com­pelling char­ac­ters and fan­tas­tic writ­ing to pro­duce a book that’s to­tally un­put­down­able.

10. THE SWEET­NESS AT THE BOT­TOM OF THE PIE BY ALAN BRADLEY

Take one pre­co­cious 11-year-old named Flavia de Luce. Add an an­cient coun­try house in post-war Eng­land and sprin­kle with mur­der, mys­tery and dark fam­ily se­crets. Alan Bradley is a bril­liant sto­ry­teller and this is an en­ter­tain­ing read full of 1950s charm and quirky char­ac­ters.

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