Book review – crime fiction

Brexit can be surprisingly thrilling, as Alan Judd’s latest spy novel demonstrates

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The long gestation period of Brexit has allowed authors to plan and write and publish novels in time for the…

Twilight in the bayou: The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke, reviewed

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The king of crime fiction doesn’t need a crown and sceptre. Every page proclaims his majesty. James Lee Burke has…

A crime novel that continues to puzzle

25 November 2017 9:00 am

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s previous novel, had the sort of success that most authors and creative writing students…

If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Most spy novels have a comfortable air of familiarity. We readers can take moles in our stride. We have grown…

Sins of the past haunt the latest crime fiction

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s often the case that present-day crimes have their roots in the past. Ian Rankin’s Even Dogs in the Wild…

When escape to the sun — or even to Devon — goes horribly wrong

7 November 2015 9:00 am

A character in Sophie Hannah’s A Game for All the Family (Hodder, £14.99, pp. 432) presents a theory: ‘Mysteries are…

The man who was mistaken for a deer

25 October 2014 9:00 am

‘And anything by Michael Connelly’ were the final words of advice from one of my best friends in discussing books…

Fifty years of Inspector Wexford – and a new detective on the block

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Early on in The Girl Next Door, Ruth Rendell gives the reader a sharp nudge. ‘Colin Quell had very little…

Creepy, dizzying and dark: a choice of recent crime fiction

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Philip Kerr is best known for his excellent Bernie Gunther series about a detective trying to survive with his integrity…

Main villain: the aftermath of war

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Most crime novels offer a curious kind of escape, to places that jag the nerves and worry the mind. Their…

Recent crime fiction

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Louise Welsh rarely repeats herself, a quality to celebrate in a crime novelist. Her latest novel, A Lovely Way to…

Pick of the crime novels

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Stuart MacBride’s new novel, A Song for the Dying (HarperCollins, £16.99, Spectator Bookshop, £14.99), is markedly darker in tone than…