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Picks of the Year 2018

This year we welcomed some exciting new voices, with notable debuts including the The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books), a country house mystery complete with time travel, body swaps and a mind-bogglingly complex plot, and Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Raven Books), a Ripleyesque exploration of female insecurity set […]

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November 2018

Newcomer, by Japanese bestseller Keigo Higashino (translated by Giles Murray, Little Brown, £13.99), is an intriguing mash-up of police procedural and Golden Age puzzle mystery. When 45-year-old divorcee Mineko Mitsui is found strangled at home, Detective Kyoichiro Kaga, first introduced to anglophone readers in Malice (2014) and here newly demoted to local policing in the […]

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October 2018

Tomblands (Mantle, £20.00), the long-awaited seventh novel by CJ Sansom to feature lawyer Matthew Shardlake, is a thumping 847 pages of glorious Tudor pageantry that certainly won’t disappoint. It’s 1549, and the sharp-minded, crook-backed hero must ride to Norfolk to look into a murder case on behalf of the Lady Elizabeth, younger sister of boy […]

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September 2018

Inspired by the case of milliner Sarah Metyard and her daughter Sally, who were executed for mistreating one of their young apprentices so badly that she died, Laura Purcell’s second novel, The Corset (Raven Books, £12.99) is a compelling slice of early Victorian gothic. Ruth Butterham, a 16-year-old seamstress, stands accused of murdering her abusive […]

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August 2018

Poet Claire Askew’s splendid debut novel, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton, £12.99), focusses on the aftermath of an Edinburgh college massacre: 20-year-old Ryan Summers lethally modified three starting pistols belonging to his dead athletics coach father and used them to gun down 13 fellow students before committing suicide. The culprit, being dead, cannot […]

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