7 Gritty British Crime Book Series to Try This Summer

7 Gritty British Crime Book Series to Try This Summer

There are few things more pleasurable than reading the first book in a great series and realising you have more books to look forward to. Whether you’re in a book drought or just looking for something new to add to your TBR (to be read) pile, you’re sure to find some great contenders below. 7 Gritty British Crime Novel Series to Try This Summer Tim Sullivan’s DS Cross Series To others, DS George Cross can seem rude, difficult, and generally…

All of Robert Thorogood’s Death in Paradise Books in Order
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All of Robert Thorogood’s Death in Paradise Books in Order

You’d be hard-pressed to find any serious British TV fans who weren’t aware of Death in Paradise – but even among the most serious TV fans, many are unaware that along with the long-running TV series, there are a number of Death in Paradise books. In addition to creating the TV show, writer Robert Thorogood has also turned his hand to fiction. For those not familiar with the series, it’s your basic fish-out-of-water cozy-ish mystery. An uptight British police detective…

JK Rowling’s Robert Galbraith Mysteries: Cormoran Strike Books in Order
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JK Rowling’s Robert Galbraith Mysteries: Cormoran Strike Books in Order

Back in 2013, Robert Galbraith came on the scene with a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was the first in what would become a series of books about a London-based private investigator named Cormoran Strike. Except that Robert Galbraith wasn’t a real person. Robert Galbraith was actually JK Rowling, the world-famous author of the Harry Potter series. The Cormoran Strike Books in Order The Cormoran Strike mystery novels are set in London, beginning with the year 2010. Cormoran Strike…

All of Mick Herron’s Slough House (Slow Horses) Books in Order
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All of Mick Herron’s Slough House (Slow Horses) Books in Order

Since the first book came out back in 2010, Mick Herron’s Slough House series has been a favourite among fans of spy novels. With the 2022 release of the Apple TV+ series Slow Horses, however, it’s come onto the radar of an entirely new set of people – many of them addicted to the twists and turns and delightful subterfuge of London spy life. Below, we’ll take a look at all the books in the series, along with some fun…

All of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin Books in Order
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All of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin Books in Order

Whether you’re a long-time reader or you’ve only recently discovered M.C. Beaton’s delightful Agatha Raisin series of cosy mysteries, it can be a bit of a nuisance to keep track of the series order. There are, after all, 32 books in the Agatha Raisin series (as of May 2022). In this post, we’ll take a look at all the Agatha Raisin books in order so you can make sure you’ve not missed any – but we’ll also tell you where…

All of Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club Books in Order
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All of Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club Books in Order

Richard Osman has long been a household name in the UK, but it’s only recently that he’s become more well-known outside the UK (with people who aren’t already Anglophiles or British TV fans, of course). In 2020, he published the first book in his Thursday Murder Club series, and it was an instant hit. Now, the series has grown, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has purchased the movie rights, and Osman has pulled back from his on-screen presenting duties because of…

20 Delightful New British Cozy Mysteries in May 2022
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20 Delightful New British Cozy Mysteries in May 2022

Each month, thousands of new books flood the market – making it tough to find exactly what you want amongst all the new releases and older titles. To help, we’ve pulled together a list of British cozy mysteries coming out in May 2022. Mystery is by far the most popular genre enjoyed by our readers here, and while this list is far from exhaustive, we hope it will help you find some great new reads for the upcoming summer. 20…

2022 Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger Nominee Longlist

2022 Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger Nominee Longlist

One of the greatest honours a mystery writer can receive is to win the Gold Dagger award from the Crime Writer’s Association. Though they award a variety of prizes each year, the Gold Dagger is meant for the “best crime novel of the year”. Past recipients include John le CarrĂ©, Ann Cleeves, Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, and Ruth Rendell Since most of the lists are a bit frustrating in that they don’t include descriptions and purchasing details, we’ve opted to…

All of JD Kirk’s DCI Jack Logan Books in Order
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All of JD Kirk’s DCI Jack Logan Books in Order

JD Kirk’s DCI Jack Logan series is one that seems to have come out of nowhere and taken the UK crime novel scene by storm. The first entry came out back in 2019, and there are now 14 books in total. The series follows the activities of DCI Jack Logan, a homicide detective in Scotland. He’s your classic tortured middle-aged guy with a screwed up family life and a history of alcoholism – but as you might expect, he has…

All of Caroline Graham’s Midsomer Murders Books in Order
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All of Caroline Graham’s Midsomer Murders Books in Order

Most fans of British mysteries will be familiar with the Midsomer Murders TV series. With 25 years and more than 20 seasons of episodes, it’s a phenomenon unto itself. After all, where else can you see small villages packed with old feuds and sexual deviants, all running around killing each other with wheels of cheese and antique weaponry? As we approach season 23 of Midsomer Murders, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the book series…