6 of the best crime fiction books about couples & pairs

Crime Couples

We've rounded up six of the team's favourite reads featuring crime couples: detectives that work in pairs, protagonists that are inextricably bound to one another, assassins who kill in twos.

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Best of
Tags: Crime books, crime fiction, crime thriller, david mark, thriller

1. Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre

Crime Couples

Sophie is on the run. Her only hiding place is in a new identity, a new life, and a new husband – a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. . . till death do us part?!

2. Sympathy For the Devil by William Shaw

Detective couples

Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen and Constable Helen Tozer met through murder. They work in a world before forensics or criminal databases; a world that’s bigoted and brutal. Tense, dramatic and ingeniously plotted, Sympathy for the Devil is a gripping police thriller that delivers crime with a conscience.

3. The Charlie Parker series by John Connolly

Crime pairs

When Parker ‘makes a call to New York …’ readers’ hearts lift. Rather like the cavalry coming over the hill in Westerns, this means that the pair of assassins that Parker calls on for help are on their way into the story.   Funny, ruthless, loyal, cold, they bicker their way colourfully through the books and provide the light to Parker’s shade.

4. The DCI Banks mysteries by Peter Robinson

 Crime pairs

Peter Robinson’s lead detective, Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his feisty, one-time lover, DI Annie Cabbot. They work the cases together, work through their differences, share the pain and the trauma;  protect and worry about each other.

5. The DS McAvoy novels by David Mark

Criminal couples

Regularly patroller of Hull’s mean streets – McAvoy and Pharoah provide the counter-point to each other’s lives. McAvoy’s wife might be right to think the two of them are too close, but for McAvoy, Pharoah is the one woman in his life he will follow into hell.

6. The Thomas Hawkins series by Antonia Hodgson

Crime couples

Antonia Hodgson’s couple who live together, unmarried, in Georgian London.  Unmarried mostly because if Kitty were Tom’s spouse she would lose the right to her worldly goods – and as she is the brains behind the outfit, she knows that at the roll of a dice, Tom will have gambled it away. Tom would be in a lot of trouble, if she wasn’t around to haul him out of it every now and then.

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