10 Of The BEST
Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, exclusively for CRIMESCENE
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.