Book review – crime fiction

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The dark side of Whitby: Kate Atkinson’s Big Sky and other crime novels reviewed

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Andrew Martin continues his quest to create uniquely interesting crime novels in The Winker (Corsair, £16.99). Lee Jones is a…

Brexit can be surprisingly thrilling, as Alan Judd’s latest spy novel demonstrates

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The long gestation period of Brexit has allowed authors to plan and write and publish novels in time for the…

Twilight in the bayou: The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke, reviewed

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The king of crime fiction doesn’t need a crown and sceptre. Every page proclaims his majesty. James Lee Burke has…

Death comes too close for comfort in the latest crime novels

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Alex Jackson is buried alive inside his own body, a body which lies in a long-term coma following a climbing…

A crime novel that continues to puzzle

25 November 2017 9:00 am

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s previous novel, had the sort of success that most authors and creative writing students…

Period crime for Christmas

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Imagine receiving an anonymous suicide note addressed to you by mistake. Would you try to find that person, to help…

The latest thrillers have a high foreign body count

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Pascal Garnier’s novella Too Close to the Edge (Gallic, £7.99, translated by Emily Boyce) deals with the boredom of middle…

If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Most spy novels have a comfortable air of familiarity. We readers can take moles in our stride. We have grown…

Sins of the past haunt the latest crime fiction

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s often the case that present-day crimes have their roots in the past. Ian Rankin’s Even Dogs in the Wild…

When escape to the sun — or even to Devon — goes horribly wrong

7 November 2015 9:00 am

A character in Sophie Hannah’s A Game for All the Family (Hodder, £14.99, pp. 432) presents a theory: ‘Mysteries are…

The man who was mistaken for a deer

25 October 2014 9:00 am

‘And anything by Michael Connelly’ were the final words of advice from one of my best friends in discussing books…

Fifty years of Inspector Wexford – and a new detective on the block

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Early on in The Girl Next Door, Ruth Rendell gives the reader a sharp nudge. ‘Colin Quell had very little…

Creepy, dizzying and dark: a choice of recent crime fiction

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Philip Kerr is best known for his excellent Bernie Gunther series about a detective trying to survive with his integrity…

Main villain: the aftermath of war

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Most crime novels offer a curious kind of escape, to places that jag the nerves and worry the mind. Their…

Recent crime fiction

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Louise Welsh rarely repeats herself, a quality to celebrate in a crime novelist. Her latest novel, A Lovely Way to…

Pick of the crime novels

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Stuart MacBride’s new novel, A Song for the Dying (HarperCollins, £16.99, Spectator Bookshop, £14.99), is markedly darker in tone than…