Let The Sun Shine: our top summer crime novels

With the reappearance of the sun (finally!), we round up some of the team's favourite summer crime/thriller reads. We highly recommend adding these to your holiday TBR piles!

Posted on June 6, 2016 in Best of, What We're Reading

the talented mr ripleyThe Talented Mr Ripley

The beautiful setting in the idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s doesn’t quite tally with deception and murder but danger awaits in paradise. Lies and forgery mixed with beautiful people (Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow star in the film adaptation) make for the perfect deadly summer read.







murder in mesMurder in Mesopotamia

Every summer I like to revert to my teenage reading habits, and devour another Agatha Christie. It feels like catching up with reliable old friends – whether that’s Miss Marple or Poirot; not-so-gentle English villages or dark deeds in the bright sunlight as Poirot’s holiday/cruise/country house weekend is interrupted by yet another corpse. I never guess the killer, but I always enjoy trying. And since Christie wrote 66 books I probably won’t ever run out. If you want to go beyond the stalwarts (Roger Ackroyd, Orient Express, etc) try MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA – archaeology, Poirot wilting in the heat, and a truly fiendish solution…






nocturneThe 87th Precinct books

Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books always remind me of summer … crime always seem on the up and up in New York during the heat of July and August, and the stickiness and temperature make Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes drip with sweat and struggle just a little harder to solve the crimes in the big city.   I’m feeling hotter just thinking about them!







Lie With Me

Lie With Me

Forgive me for using this as an opportunity to plug one of our upcoming books, but I can’t talk about summer reading without raving about Sabine Durrant’s LIE WITH ME, coming from Mulholland in July. From the glorious cover to the breathtaking, claustrophobic, heat-soaked intensity of  the book itself, this is truly the perfect summer holiday read for 2016. At the very least, you’ll enjoy your own holiday more in comparison to that of the book’s protagonist…!







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