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5 Crime Fiction Releases for Spring 2018

Happy first day of Spring! To celebrate that many of us are getting more daylight and warmer temperatures and we can finally read outside I’ve decided to share some of my favourite crime fiction releases with you today. I can’t wait to take these beauties out with me to read int he sun!

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

UK: 1st March Faber & Faber

US: 20th February William & Morrow

OK, so not *technically* Spring, but still very close. Lippman’s latest novel has been praised all over the Internet by Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn and fellow crime fiction fans. I have only read one of Lippman’s books until now, but I am very very excited about this one. This is what the blurb says:

What kind of woman walks out on her family? Gregg knows. The kind of woman he picked up in a bar three years ago precisely because she had that kind of wildcat energy.

And now she’s vanished – at least from the life that he and his kid will live. We’ll follow her, to a new town, a new job, and a new friend, who thinks he has her figured.

So who is this woman who calls herself Polly? How many times has she disappeared before? And who are the shadowy figures so interested in her whereabouts?

Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

UK: 8th March Sphere 

US: 13th March Berkley Books

I am super excited about this one because it’ll be my first Clare Mackintosh! She is a former cop, and we have talked about some important things (dogs and audiobooks) on Twitter, but I had never read any of her acclaimed novels. About time, methinks. What the blurb says:

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

Come and Find Me (Marine Rome #5) by Sarah Hilary


UK: 22nd March Headline

I am a huge fan of the Marine Rome series and I have met author Sarah Hilary several times now. She is very open about her writing process on Twitter (don’t miss her!) and she has been warning all of us of a big, super sad twist coming at the end of book 5. I am terrified of what I’ll find when I read this book like I had never been before. There is no blurb because both Sarah and the publishers have kept the details under wraps, but Clare Mackintosh confirms “Gets better and better” and Ian Rankin calls it “tremendous”. We don’t need to hear more, do we?

The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve


UK: 3rd May Raven Books 

I was offered a review copy of this book and though I am flooded with books (seriously, my TBR pile is threatening to collapse over me) I had to say yes. It is set in Victorian times, which as you know are not my favourite years for crime fiction, but Reeve’s debut novel features an assistant to a London coroner called Leo but born under the name Charlotte. A woman who wanted to lead a man’s life? A transgender character? I don’t know, but I will soon find out. What the blurb says:

Leo Stanhope. Assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret.

For Leo was born Charlotte, but knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – he fled his family home at just fifteen, and has been living as Leo ever since: his original identity known only to a few trusted people.

But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life.

The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) by Sarah Bailey

UK: 1st March Allen & Unwin

US: 17th July Grand Central Publishing

A new series featuring a female DS in a small town and a dead teenager. I had never heard about the series and I’m saving this one for my summer holidays because it seems like the perfect beach read. What the blurb says:

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?



  • A Life in Books

    I like the way you’ve contrasted the covers here, Elena. The Claire Mackintosh ones are very different from each other. I’ll be interested to see which you think is the most appropriate.

    • Elena

      I’m such a cover geek that sometimes I won’t buy a book because I want another edition with another cover! For example, I will read the Lippman because I love her writing, but I think the US cover is way more beautiful and appealing than the British one…

      I haven’t read the McKintosh yet, but I will definitely talk about the covers in my review. I happened to get the US one and I love it, but the UK one feels SO British (covers in Spain are way different).

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