Crime and mystery bestsellers: September 2016

#1

Apprentice In Death (Eve Dallas series 43)
Robb, J D

Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel, from #1 New York Times bestselling author J D Robb (the 43rd in the series! I know, right?).

Dead To the Last Drop (Coffeehouse mysteries 15)
Coyle, Cleo

Latest in the cosy mystery series set around coffee-culture in Washington DC – much praised by regular customers.

Closed Casket (new Hercule Poirot mysteries 02)
Hannah, Sophie

This ‘new’ Poirot is actually pretty good. A country-house mystery with a posh, dysfunctional family from hell. Murder ensues. They just don’t make ’em like that, anymore. Only it turns out – maybe, they do…

#4

Ghost Man (Jack White series 01)
Hobbs, Roger

Another volume that’s been out a while – and we’ve just started championing it. Unputdownable, tech-savvy heist thriller. Reads like Lee Child meets Richard Stark. Recommended!

#5

Black Roses (Clara Vine series 01)
Thynne, Jane

First in the series – only discovered these, by chance. Thynne is Philip Kerr’s wife – and these are like a female Bernie Gunther! Young British heiress/actress in Berlin, in the 1930s, is recruited by British Intelligence. Fantastic attention to detail! Recommended!

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (British Library Crime Classics)
North, Gil

Indeed he does! Imagine being the person at the British Library who gets to go through the stacks and find long-forgotten little Golden Age gems – and then re-publish them!

#7

Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything (Miss Ruffles mysteries 01)
Martin, Nancy

First in a new series from Martin – author of the Blackbird Sisters series – smart, witty – long-established favourites with regulars, here. Hopefully, this series will have just as good a run.

#8

The Methods of Sergeant Cluff (British Library Crime Classics)
North, Gil

Clearly, we can’t get enough of the Sergeant…

#9

Black Teeth
Lovitt, Zane

Blood, sweat – and murder. ‘Bitingly original and darkly funny’ – the Sydney Morning Herald says this ‘May just be the best Australian crime fiction of the last year’ – and we may just agree…

#10

Death In the Dordogne (Bruno, Chief of Police series 01)
Walker, Martin

Recent reissue – and re-title – of the first in the wonderful series. Bruno is the best and most noble Frenchman you could hope to meet. And the fantastic food, wine and surroundings are almost as good as being on holidays there… almost. What Donna Leon’s Brunetti is to Venice, Inspector Bruno is to (sadly fictitious!) St Denis.