British Crime Book of the month

Noir Book of the Month – Nov 2021

A top ten New York Times bestseller. A compulsive debut novel that explores the aftershock of a brutal crime on the women of a small Texas oil town. When justice is as slippery as oil, and kindness becomes a hazardous act, sometimes courage is all we have to keep us alive… ’The very definition of a stunning debut’ – Ann Patchett. ’Brilliant, sharp, tightly wound, and devastating’ – Elizabeth Gilbert. Join the Crime reading group in Uppsala to discuss this book at the pub!

Mystery Book of the Month – Oct 2021

Umiko Wada has recently had quite enough excitement in her life. With her husband recently murdered and a mother who seems to want her married again before his body is cold, she just wants to keep her head down. As a secretary to a Tokyo private detective, her life is pleasingly uncomplicated, filled with coffee runs, diary management and paperwork. That is, until her boss takes on a new case, dangerous enough to get him killed. A case which means Wada will have to leave Japan for the first time and travel to London.

Noir Book of the Month – Sept 2021

A riveting tale of deception, vengeance, and power set against the haunting beauty of the Adirondack wilderness. ”…vibrant female characters refuse to turn themselves into commodities or victims. Suspenseful, witty, and wise, it is a compelling thriller”. – Susanna Moore

Mystery Book of the Month – August 2021

All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. In the 1930s, Grant McAllister, a mathematics professor turned author, worked them out, hiding their secrets in a book of crime stories. Then Grant disappeared… ’So, so clever. A twisty story and an education in the maths of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie would take her hat off to this one - bravo!’ – Sarah Pinborough

Mystery Book of the Month – July 2021

Eight strangers. One deadly invitation. Welcome to Raven Hall…  After years of abandonment, Raven Hall has been restored to its former glory. For one night only, it is playing host to an evening of murder mystery. The guests have gathered. The roles have been cast. But someone is playing a sinister game, one with devastating consequences. And as the guests are about to discover, the truth is much darker than fiction. Raven Hall is waiting for you… ”A page-turning gothic story with a big house – and a shocking family secret.” 

Noir Book of the Month – June 2021

A harrowing story about racism and brutality that is more urgent now than ever. Set against the backdrop of the simmering racial tension produced by the LA Riots and the O.J. Simpson trial, comes this powerful hardboiled noir of violence and obsession. Pittsburgh, 1995. Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Saraceno is a biracial black man, passing for white. Bobby has hidden his identity from everyone, even his best friend and fellow comic-book geek, Aaron, who just returned from prison a newly radicalized white supremacist.

Mystery Book of the Month – May 2021

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late? *Recommended by Stina*

Mystery Book of the Month – April 2021

She always went too far. DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing – resentful teenager in tow – from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches. Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart.

Noir Book of the Month – March 2021

Stephen King returns with a brand-new novel about the secrets we keep buried and the cost of unearthing them. Seomtimes growing up means facing your demons...  Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel It, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

Noir Book of the Month – February 2021

Alaska, 1935: Slippery Wilson is on his way out of town when he runs into a woman, her neice, and a crashed car. His life is about to get a lot more complicated…