Guardian book reviews by Laura Wilson

February 2019

A closed world murder mystery inside a postapocalyptic thriller, The Last by Hanna Jameson (Viking, £12.99) is set in a remote Swiss hotel. American historian Jon Keller, there for a conference, reads about the end of the world on the internet. Nuclear attacks take out major cities and destroy communications until the twenty people remaining […]

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January 2019

Historical novelist Lucy Foley’s crime fiction debut, The Hunting Party (HarperCollins, £12.99) is a modern take on the ‘closed world’ country house mystery. Nine well-heeled friends travel to an exclusive hunting lodge in the remote Scottish Highlands to celebrate the new year, but it’s clear from the get-go that things haven’t gone as planned – […]

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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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