British Crime Book of the month

Mystery Book of the Month – July 2024

Meet Dr. Miriam Price. The most fun you’ll have with a murder mystery all year. She’ll solve this murder if it kills her. Except it already has… ”Hello? Can you hear me? Probably not. I’m Dr Miriam Price . . . and I'm dead. The local police, who couldn't investigate their own nostrils, think I drank myself into an early grave. The nerve! I was murdered. I was just too plastered to know whodunnit, that’s all.”  //  Discuss in the Crime reading group  //  

Mystery Book of the Month – June 2024

Oxford is a wonderful place to be in the summer, except for perhaps when a suspicious death has occurred… Jesus College, Oxford, 1881. Amongst the scholars, secrets and soporifics of Victorian Oxford, the truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. An undergraduate is found dead at his lodgings and the medical examination reveals some shocking findings.…  //  Discuss in the Crime reading group  //  

Mystery Book of the Month – May 2024

"The game is afoot!" Set in early 20th century London, this action-packed novel tells the tale of a daring opium-addicted Chinese Judge and his academic sidekick solving crimes in the Chinese community in London’s Limehouse District. Taking inspiration from the Sherlock Holmes canon, this brand new novel is going to satisfy Holmes fans while bringing something completely new to the table!   //  Discuss in the Crime reading group  //  

Mystery Book of the Month – April 2024

It’s a classic setting: big city detective moves to a small country village for some peace and quiet, not getting much of either as he has barely unpacked when the bones of a young woman are discovered. The quiet country life that Jake Jackson envisioned is no more. Sometimes the quietest villages hide the darkest secrets… //  Discuss in the Crime reading group  //  

Mystery Book of the Month – March 2024

What if the murder you had to solve was your own? A tautly paced novel in which a young mother who was cloned and brought back to life following her own murder comes to suspect that there is more to the story of her life and death than anyone is telling her. Recommended by Malin! // Discuss in the Crime reading group. //  

Mystery Book of the Month – February 2024

She said yes to a dinner invitation at her old university. Now she’s a murder suspect… A perfect ”locked-room-whodunnit” murder mystery that will keep you guessing.  // Discuss in the Crime reading group. //  

Mystery Book of the Month – January 2024

DS George Cross has always wondered why his mother left him when he was a child. Now she is back in his life, he suddenly has answers. But this unexpected reunion is not anything he’s used to dealing with. When a disturbing case lands on his desk, he is almost thankful for the return to normality.   The body of a monk is found savagely beaten to death in a woodland near Bristol.

Mystery Book of the Month – December 2023

Welcome to the nightmare Christmas holiday… Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can't quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can't honestly be accusing her of killing her husband, Ivor, who died in a car crash barely two months ago. As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected guests, who may be looking for more than simple festive cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers?   /  Join the Crime reading group to discuss this book /

Mystery Book of the Month – November 2023

1936, London. A celebrity psychiatrist is discovered dead in his locked study. With no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon, Inspector Flint, the Scotland Yard detective on the case, calls on retired stage magician turned part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. As he and the Inspector interview the colourful cast of suspects, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets … or motives for murder. An enthralling locked-room murder mystery inspired by crime fiction of the Golden Age, this is the critically acclaimed debut novel by Tom Mead.  

Mystery Book of the Month – October 2023

Welcome to The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts – a luxurious, clandestine college dedicated to the fine art of murder where earnest students study how best to "delete" their most deserving victim.   The campus of this ”Poison Ivy League” college is where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmate – and where one’s mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live. Prepare for an education you'll never forget.