British Crime Book of the month

Noir Book of the Month – Nov 2022

”When a book begins with a dead horse, you know it's going to be good.” A sucker punch noir that is also a powerful and haunting allegory of work, debt, and power. Revelling in its con-artistry and double-crosses, Just Thieves is a nail-biting, noir-ish exploration of the working lives of two unforgettable crooks and the hidden forces that rule and ruin their lives. ”A deep dive into the motivations that propel all of us, thieves and otherwise – family, loyalty, and most of all love. Great fun and profoundly sad at once, which is no mean trick.”

Mystery Book of the Month – Oct 2022

November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail to New York with 2,000 passengers – and a killer – on board. Can you solve the murder before the ship docks and the killer walks free? A clever whodunnit, a golden age murder mystery set on a 1920s cruise liner. It has been described as ”Agatha Christie meets Titanic”. Tom Hindle’s debut novel was inspired by masters of the crime genre from Agatha Christie to Anthony Horowitz, and has been met with rave reviews.

Mystery Book of the Month – Sept 2022

Can you crack the Twyford Code? Edith Twyford was once a world-famous children's author, but now her only legacy is the rumoured existence of the Twyford Code: a series of clues hidden in her books leading to... what? No one knows - but that hasn't stopped the speculation. The Twyford Code hides secrets some would do anything to possess. The race is on to solve the mystery of the century. Could you get there first?  

Noir Book of the Month – August 2022

A small town in outback Australia wakes to an appalling crime. A local schoolteacher is found taped to a tree and stoned to death. Suspicion instantly falls on the refugees at the new detention centre on Cobb’s northern outskirts. Tensions are high, between whites and the local indigenous community, between immigrants and the townies, and Detective Sergeant George Manolis returns to his childhood hometown to investigate.

Noir Book of the Month – August 2022

A small town in outback Australia wakes to an appalling crime. A local schoolteacher is found taped to a tree and stoned to death. Suspicion instantly falls on the refugees at the new detention centre on Cobb’s northern outskirts. Tensions are high, between whites and the local indigenous community, between immigrants and the townies, and Detective Sergeant George Manolis returns to his childhood hometown to investigate.

Mystery Book of the Month – June 2022

There’s fowl play in Follet Valley! Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Val de Follet in the Loire Valley. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it. One day, however, one of his older guests disappears, leaving behind a bloody handprint on the wallpaper. Another guest, the enigmatic Valérie, persuades a reluctant Richard to join her in investigating the disappearance. Then things become really serious and someone murders Ava Gardner, one of his beloved hens. The disappearance of a guest is one thing, but you don’t mess with a fellow’s hens! – ’A tricksy whodunnit, and a really, really funny story’. 

Noir Book of the Month – May 2022

”Be twice as good as men and four times as good as white men.” Jia Khan has always lived like this. Successful London lawyer Jia Khan is a long way from the Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, led the Pakistani community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. Often his Jirga rule – the old way – was violent and bloody, but it was always justice of a kind. Now, with her father murdered, Jia must return to take his place. Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes at a cost.

Noir Book of the Month – April 2022

Set in 1963, our hero is the African-American Korean war-hero Harry Ingram. Tensions are running high during Martin Luther King’s freedom speech, and news photographer Harry risks ending up a victim at every crime scene he photographs. But when an old army buddy of his is being accused of a crime, Harry senses foul play and ends up playing detective and is thrown head-first into the underbelly of LA society in the hope of finding justice for a friend.

Noir Book of the Month – March 2022

What price would you put on a second chance? When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet by chance at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, there are instant sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia, independent, highly competent and seemingly settled in their lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's part of a crew that robs banks, casinos and jewellery stores around the world. As Alex prepares for one final, daunting job, he discovers that he's not the only one with secrets - and that both of them are playing for the highest stakes imaginable.

Mystery Book of the Month – Feb 2022

In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, Waugh's hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet…  Longlisted for the Comedy Women In Print Award.