A creeping sense of dread, a complex and compelling mystery, an unexpected denouement… Crime fiction is a broad church and one full of treasures. If you’re looking for your next spine-tingling nail-biting mystery, look no further because we’ve compiled list of all the latest and upcoming crime fiction novels keeping readers at the edge of their seats.
With a title as compelling as this one, it’s hard not to gravitate towards this crime debut. This is a gripping tale of obsession between two booksellers that will have you reading late into the night. Perfect for fans of Netflix’s You.
A Good Housekeeping x Women’s Prize Futures author, Eliza Clark’s second novel is packed full of mysteries and malice all wound up in adolescent angst. Using witness accounts, interviews and correspondence, the novel delves into the shocking murder of a 16-year-old in a sleepy seaside town.
Ashley Audrain’s second novel, after the bestselling The Push, proves the adage there’s no smoke without fire. In The Whispers, she revisits the dark side of motherhood and family, the ties that twist in community and the cracks that are papered over. Compelling stuff.
Reality TV makes for a chilling backdrop in the latest instalment in the Detective Ffion Morgan series by Clare Mackintosh. Seven contestants are stranded in the welsh mountains, each trying to figure out the others secrets. There’s a lot at stake, and even more when contestants start to go missing!
This is another corker from Lisa Jewell who’s psychological thrillers just keep getting better and better. In None Of This Is True podcaster Alix Summer meets Josie Fair, and finds out they share a birthday. Intrigued by the story Josie has to tell, Alix gets drawn in deeper and deeper into Josie’s tale with calamitous consequences.
There’s something very Christie-esque in this heart-warming whodunit. Molly the Maid is the perfect protagonist, complete with access to behind-the-scenes areas of our crime scene, the Regency Grand Hotel. Clever plotting and an ingenius ending will leave readers feeling very satisfied.