Check out 10 of the best crime novels out now

Thursday, 28th May 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 2:00 pm

Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres with titles featuring in best-seller lists and most borrowed library books.

Here are 10 if the best titles out now

1 Venetian GothicPhilip Gwynne JonesVenetian Gothic is the fourth in the series featuring the translator, cook and culture vulture Nathan Sutherland.It is November 2nd, 2017. All Souls Day. On the Day of the Dead, the citizens of Venice make their way to the cemetery island of San Michele to pay their respects to the departed. When an empty coffin is unearthed in the English section of the graveyard, a day of quiet reflection for Nathan becomes a journey into the dark past of a noble Venetian family.A British journalist, investigating the events of 40 years previously, disappears. A young tourist, with an unhealthy interest in Venice’s abandoned islands, is found drowned in the icy lagoon.Available in paperback online

2 The Mitford ScandalJessica FellowesThe newly married and most beautiful of the Mitford sisters, Diana, hot-steps around Europe with her husband and fortune heir Bryan Guinness, accompanied by maid Louisa Cannon, as well as some of the most famous and glamorous luminaries of the era. But murder soon follows and, with it, a darkness grows in Diana’s heart.This new book in the bestselling The Mitford Murders series sees the Mitford sisters at a time of scandalous affairs, political upheaval and murder.Available in paperback on line

3 Whisper NetworkChandler BakerExploring themes of sexual harassment and office politics within a dark, compelling thriller, Baker’s masterly crime debut pits a quartet of women against their sleazy boss with chilling and tragic consequences.Punchy, pacy and provocative, Whisper Network is a page-turner. Recommended by Reese Witherspoon Book Club.Available in paperback online

4 Now You See Them: The Brighton Mysteries 5 Elly GriffithsThree girls have left. None have come back.Brighton, 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to his former sergeant, Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show.The funeral of an old friend highlights just how much the gang’s lives have changed in the last nine years. Edgar is struggling with fresh responsibilities and the new swinging Brighton of rioting mods and rockers; Emma is chafing against the restrictions of life as a housewife.Available in paperback online

5 Many Rivers to Cross: DCI Banks 26Peter RobinsonThe iconic DCI Banks is called into action for the twenty-sixth time in this breathlessly plotted double murder mystery involving immigration, drugs and gangland violence. Nobody can touch Robinson when it comes to scalpel-sharp police procedurals and Many Rivers to Cross is one of his very best.Available in paperback online

6 Part of the familyCharlotte PhilbySomeone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone is determined to make her pay.On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family.But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them.Charlotte Philby’s debut provides just the kind of authentic suspense you would expect from the granddaughter of double agent Kim Philby.Available in paperback online

7 LockdownPeter MayLondon is in lockdown under martial law. A hospital is being urgently built by the river Thames to contain the thousands of victims of a flu-like epidemic. Construction is brought to a sudden halt when a leather holdall containing the bones of a child is unearthed from the rubble.A psychopath has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified. But why are he and his handlers determined to go to such murderous lengths to hide the origins of the body?DI Jack MacNeil is facing his last day on the force, his career in ruins, his marriage over and his beloved son Jack dying from the virus. He has only hours to prevent the killer from eliminating all witnesses to a conspiracy whose evil effects are beyond belief. A novel for our times.Available in paperback online

8 The ReunionGuillaume MussoA dual timeline thriller with an atmosphere redolent of The Secret History, Musso’s sinister novel works its insidious way under the reader’s skin with an ominous tale of childhood disappearance and desperately suppressed secrets. Already highly acclaimed in his native France, Musso is an exciting voice for English language readers to encounter.Available in paperback online

9 Black Rain FallingJacob RossDelving into issues of family, class and loyalty, Black Rain Falling is a stunning crime novel that asks how far one should go to protect those they love.On the Caribbean island of Camaho, forensics expert Michael ‘Digger’ Digson is in deep trouble.His fellow CID detective Miss Stanislaus kills a man in self-defence – their superiors believe it was murder, and Digger given just six weeks to prove his friend is innocent.While the authorities bear down on them, Digger and Miss Stanislaus investigate a shocking roadside murder, the first tremors of a storm of crime and corruption that will break over Camaho at any moment.Available in hardback online

10 Remain SilentSusie SteinerGripping, angry, taut and incredibly smart, Remain Silent sees the third outing for DI Manon Bradshaw. Steiner has an exceptional talent in weaving humour into her narratives and gifting her readers with both unforgettable characters and the most chilling, gruesome mysteries.The body of a young man is found hanging from a tree in Cambridgeshire, a note attached saying ‘The dead cannot speak’.It’s impossible to say whether it was murder or suicide. Was he silenced or driven to end his own life? And either way, who is responsible? In the mould of Lucy Foley.Available in hardback online