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Few things are more enjoyable than curling up with a good murder mystery on a cold day – and Britain's best crime writers have left us with no shortage of new titles to choose from this winter. Below, we take a look at 7 great books released in the last few weeks.
7 New British Crime Novels to Try This Winter (2022)
Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen
Lady Georgiana is back for another delightful mystery, this time in Paris. After receiving a letter from her best friend Belinda, her husband Darcy suggests they take a trip to visit her.
Unfortunately, the simple task of retrieving something from an attendee of Chanel's fall fashion show turns into something much more complicated, and Lady Georgiana soon finds herself in the middle of murder and international intrigue.
The Railway Murder by JR Ellis
DCI Oldroyd is enjoying an idyllic visit to the Yorkshire countryside when a nearby film production on a vintage railway is turned into a gruesome crime scene. One of the film's stars has been shot inside a train carriage while the cameras rolled outside – creating the perfect locked room mystery.
The Soho Killer by Biba Pearce
A serial killer has been dumping bodies in London's Soho Square – gruesome scenes left in one of the city's busiest squares. Though it initially appears to be a case of death by a partner, the appearance of another body tells Detective Rob Miller he's on a hunt for a serial killer.
The ambitious young detective will have to work fast to stop these disturbing killings – all the while being kept awake at night by his ten-month-old son.
No Less the Devil by stuart macbride
Seventeen months after the Bloodsmith butchered his first victim, Operation Maypole is no closer to catching him – but even as the media and top brass bear down, DS Lucy McVeigh is forced to turn attention elsewhere.
When Benedict Strachan was 11, he killed a homeless man. Nobody know why he did it, but after 16 years, he's free again and begging Lucy for help. He claims a shadowy “they” are out to get him.
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The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
This fourth entry in the Hawthorne and Horowitz mystery series sees Horowitz firmly declining Hawthorne's request to do another book and case together.
Unfortunately, Horowitz won't have much choice in the matter. Shortly after he declines, he finds himself the chief suspect in a homicide investigation. To keep himself out of trouble, he'll need Hawthorne's investigative skills to find the real killer.
Eastgate by JD Kirk
If cozies leave you cold, you couldn't get much further from “cozy” than Eastgate and the rest of the Bob Hoon series. Full of all the creative swearing and ridiculously unrealistic antics we've come to expect from Hoon, the fourth entry in the series sees him trying to enjoy a calm Christmas after a chaotic year.
Unfortunately, the universe has other ideas. A routine trip to an Inverness shopping centre sees Hoon, his sister, and a former colleague held hostage by heavily armed Santas. Clearly, that won't go well for the Santas.
Mystery at Southwood School by Clare Chase
Eve Mallow has been invited back to school to cater the Founders' Day event – but when she arrives, she's stunned by the cold atmosphere. It only gets worse when the guest of honour is found dead the next morning.
Unfortunately, all the evidence seems to point to Eve's boyfriend Robin as the murderer. To clear his name and prevent any further murders, she'll have to act quickly.
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