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Midsummer Murder - The Very Best Crime Writing for Summer 2023

Are you the sort of reader that likes to spend their summers on the beach, reading about the most gnarly murders and dirty dealings? Well, us too!

Have a look at our pick for the best new crime fiction and thrillers for Summer 2023…

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Wish you were here? Think again … Maggie, Liz, Helena & Joni. Old friends bound by history, adventures, old secrets.

And now, bound by murder.

They lace up their hiking boots for the adventure of a lifetime in the Norwegian wilderness: a place of towering mountains, glass-like lakes, log cabins and forests stolen from a fairytale. It’s the perfect place to lose yourself – until a broken body is found at the bottom of a ravine. Somewhere out there, someone knows exactly why a woman has died. And in this deep, dark wilderness, there’s a killer on the trail.

Grab your copy of this incredibly entertaining thriller from LitVox now…

We think there’s just something very cool and a bit quaint about a man in holy orders writing about gruesome murders…

The sequel to his brilliant debut Murder Before Evensong, this novel sees the return of Canon Daniel Clements as he investigates a ritualistic murder that shocks a quiet English village to it’s core.

Perfect for fans of Midsummer Murders or the lighter sort of detective fiction, Coles’ novels are so, so much fun.

Grab your copy here.

And for something just a little darker…

Ex journalist Tash has been searching for a story to launch her freelance career. But she has also been searching for something else. New friends to help her navigate motherhood. She sees them at her son’s new playgroup. The other mothers. The sleek, the sophisticated, the successful mothers… the women she wants to be.

And then one day they welcome her into their circle and Tash discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt of; their elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills. These families seem to have everything. But they also have their secrets. And it’s soon clear that not everyone at the playgroup can be trusted.

Pick up this brilliantly tense thriller from LitVox today…

Anyone who enjoyed Netflix’s You is almost guaranteed to love this dark tale of obsession and murder…

Roach is a loner, a quiet, gothy bookseller who enjoys the gentle solitude her job as a bookseller at Spines bookshop brings to her life.

Enter Laura, the bookshop’s newest edition. She’s bright, chatty and full of zest for life. 

But despite Laura’s bright outer energy, Roach recognises something dark in her, something Roach knows only too well about herself. And so the two are drawn together in a dark and forbidding tale of obsession.

Grab your copy of Death of a Bookseller now.

This one is perfect for fans of dark American crime series like True Detective and Ozark, and is based on a terrifying true missing persons case…

A moving, haunting tale of sisterly love and creeping evil from the author of the acclaimed Betty, this evocative page-turner based on true events finds two women questioning the games of their past as female corpses begin to appear in their rural Ohio town.

Drawing from the true story of women killed in Chillicothe, Ohio, acclaimed novelist and poet Tiffany McDaniel has written a moving literary testament and fearless elegy for missing women everywhere.

Pick up On the Savage Side from LitVox today…

Intoxicating, vibrant and soaked in dark secrets, this evocative novel from the bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic sees a credulous young woman become enmeshed in the deceitful lives of fascinating strangers in 1970s California.

Baja California, 1979: Viridiana spends her days under the harsh sun, watching the fishermen pulling in their nets and the dead sharks piled beside the seashore. Her head is filled with dreams of romance, travel and of a future beyond this drab town where her only option is to marry and have children.

When a wealthy American writer arrives with his wife and brother-in-law, Viridiana jumps at the offer of a job as his assistant, and she’s soon entangled in the glamorous foreigners’ lives. They offer excitement, and perhaps an escape from her humdrum life. When one of them dies, eager to protect her new friends, Viridiana lies – but soon enough, someone’s asking questions. It’s not long before Viridiana has some of her own questions about the identities of her new acquaintances.

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