Crime fiction

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The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett review – a mind-bending, heartwarming mystery
The author of bestseller The Appeal returns with a complex thriller that includes brilliant pastiches of Enid Blyton

Alison Flood

17, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett; The Second Cut by Louise Welsh; The Maid by Nita Prose; Wahala by Nikki May and Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski

Laura Wilson

14, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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From Bill Clinton to Robert Peston: celebrity crime fiction on trial
After you’ve written your memoir, publishers these days want anyone famous to write crime novels. We put 10 of the most well-known in the dock

Mark Lawson

17, Dec, 2021 @11:14 AM

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Top 10 cosy crime novels | SJ Bennett
From Agatha Christie to Richard Osman, these books are not without seriousness but they are all set in warm and human worlds we might prefer to our own

SJ Bennett

15, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The best books of 2021, chosen by our guest authors
From piercing studies of colonialism to powerful domestic sagas and all points in between, our panel of writers share their favourite titles of 2021

05, Dec, 2021 @9:29 AM

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The Way it is Now by Garry Disher review – provocative whodunnit interrogates small-town misogyny
Disher’s story of a burnt-out cop investigating his mother’s disappearance asks complex questions of its male characters

Bec Kavanagh

02, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Five of the best crime and thrillers of 2021
Final novels from John le Carré and Andrea Camilleri, dark psychological debut Girl A and more

Laura Wilson

02, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The best recent thrillers – review roundup
A post-Covid murder mystery, a puzzle in the mountains of India and a fictional take on the spy cops scandal are among this month’s crop

Alison Flood

29, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Cain’s Jawbone: how crime novel’s puzzling plot still keeps us guessing
In 87 years, only four readers have solved the fiendish murder mystery devised by former Observer crossword setter Edward Powys Mathers

Andrew Anthony

27, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Diaries and Notebooks by Patricia Highsmith review – sex, booze and cold-blooded murders
These philosophical, sometimes grumpy journals, unearthed after the doyenne of suspense fiction’s death, shine a light on her dual identities, the contempt she felt for other people and her erotic misadventures

Peter Conrad

21, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Top 10 books about Calcutta | Abir Mukherjee
From Jhumpa Lahiri to Amit Chaudhuri, these novels and histories portray a teeming, paradoxical city – and its diaspora – that is a world unto itself

Abir Mukherjee

17, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Bed-hopping, martinis and self-loathing: inside Patricia Highsmith’s unpublished diaries
From her carefree 20s and countless affairs, to literary success and later-life bigotry and rancour, the author’s extraordinary diaries reveal a woman determined to chart her own course

Emma Brockes

13, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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