5 of the best crime books set in harsh climates

Best crime books cold hot climate

We're facing the cold in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's nordic The Legacy and Sarah Hilary's Quieter than Killing this month, so we've rounded up a few more of the best crime books set in hot, cold, or harsh climates.

Posted on March 18, 2017 in Best of
Tags: Claire McGowan, Crime books, Peter May, crime fiction, crime thriller

1. Quieter than Killing by Sarah Hillary

Quieter than Killing Sarah Hillary Best crime books hot cold climate

“Outside, the cars were frozen shut. Noah couldn’t remember a winter as hard as this one. He scraped the windscreen while Marnie tackled the locks with a cigarette lighter. The cold clutched at everything. Behind them, the police station twinkled madly, a penitential ice palace.” 

It’s winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her.  Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it’s personal.

Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.

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2. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir Legacy best crime books hot cold climate

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is the Queen of Nordic Noir and therefore perfectly suited to read in a cold climate. Her new novel The Legacy is the start of a new series and has a terrifying opening murder – one that will never allow you to see a hoover in the same way again….

3. A Killing Winter by Tom Callaghan

A Killing Winter Tom Callaghan best crime books hot cold climate

“The Kyrgyz winter reminds us that the past is never dead, simply waiting to ambush us around the next corner.”

When Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at the brutal murder scene of a young woman, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer on the hunt for more prey.

4. Cast Iron by Peter May

Cast Iron Peter May best crime books hot cold climate

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains.

No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case – the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.

5. Blood Tide by Claire McGowan

Blood Tide Claire McGowan best crime books hot cold climate

“Somebody had bled in this kitchen, and somebody had tried to clean it up. That told her this wasn’t a simple tragic accident, a drowning in the storm, a fall. She could almost smell it, with that instinct you picked up after thousands of missper cases.”

 Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a  violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings  about going back to Bone Island.  Her last family holiday as a child was  spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back  haunting memories of her long-lost mother.

It soon becomes clear  that outsiders aren’t welcome on the island, and with no choice but to  investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play,  realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each  other.

With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a  choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an  inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in…

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