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The Best Books of 2022: Crime & Thrillers

Posted on 13th September 2022 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's investigating murder in the parish with the Reverend Richard Coles, smoking out corrupt cops with Ian Rankin or recreating a deadly treasure hunt with Erin Kelly, it would be simply criminal of us not to bring the amazing range of great crime novels and thrillers published this year to your attention. Below are a host of enthralling titles worthy of your investigation. 

 

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From the beloved comedian and author of the bestselling memoir And Away comes a debut novel rich in Mortimer's unique brand of surreal whimsy, as nondescript legal assistant Gary seeks a girl he met by chance, through the estates and pie shops of South London.
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Osman's beloved ageing investigators return in another captivating mystery that blends wry wit and deft characterisation with fast-paced, intricate plotting.
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Perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, this brilliant crime debut from The Reverend Richard Coles sees the sleepy parish of Champton descend into unexpected chaos, setting Canon Daniel Clement on a hunt for a murderer.
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Featuring huge names from across the literary spectrum - including Leigh Bardugo, Lucy Foley and Val McDermid - this irresistible collection of short mysteries reimagines Agatha Christie's seminal sleuth through a dozen different pairs of eyes.
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The author of The Windsor Knot and A Three Dog Problem returns with a fresh Yuletide mystery for Her Majesty, as the hand of a local 70-year-old non-conformist washes up on the shores of her Sandringham estate.
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Boasting a formidable amateur sleuth in Molly the maid, Prose’s captivating whodunit is a page-turning tour around the Regency Grand Hotel in search of a cold-blooded killer.

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In this new wonderful winter mystery from the author of the bestselling Death on the Trans-Siberian Express, aspiring writer and railway engineer Olga Pushkin finds herself enmeshed in a fiendish case, as sabotage derails her train, killing a local celebrity and his wife.
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Wayward sons and slippery furniture firms; the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency ride again in another irresistible slice of Botswana-set cosy crime.
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Another posthumously published gem from the masterly pen of M.C. Beaton, Devil's Delight finds the gloriously irreverent Agatha Raisin embroiled in a fresh case packed with witchcraft, disappearing corpses, sinister ice cream shenanigans and a spot of naturism.
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A purr-fect slice of cosy crime ideal for fans of Richard Osman and the Reverend Richard Coles, Shearer's charming whodunit revolves around the sinister death of an old lady and the feline sleuth who helps to crack the case.

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Another epic crime mystery featuring the magnetic detective duo of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, The Ink Black Heart is a compelling instalment in what has become a seminal series.
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Rebus may well have run out of second chances as the disappearance of a corrupt cop casts suspicion on the maverick detective in this characteristically gritty and unputdownable instalment in Rankin's bestselling series.

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The fourth sensational instalment in the celebrated Hawthorne series finds Horowitz charged with a murder he didn't commit and once more reliant on his mercurial detective's smarts to crack an impenetrable case.
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The scintillating follow-up to McDermid's first Allie Burns thriller, 1989 recreates a world of hysteria about HIV and the Iron Curtain as the now-seasoned investigative reporter stumbles upon a deadly new case.
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Dark forces from Scarpetta's past rear their heads when a judge's sister is found murdered in this gripping instalment of Cornwell's mega-selling crime phenomenon.
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In the tenth instalment in Cleeves's irresistible Northumberland police procedural series, Vera Stanhope is called to investigate the murder of a man fired for misconduct allegations during a reunion of some of his oldest friends.
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Set in Glasgow in the aftermath of the Independence referendum, Frankie Boyle’s gritty, sharply funny and utterly gripping debut thriller follows an unlikely trio hellbent on bringing the killer of Marina Katos to justice.
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The maverick lawyer Eddie Flynn faces another thorny case, defending a prolific murderer’s wife who stands accused as his accomplice in Cavanagh’s new pulsating and scalpel-sharp courtroom thriller.
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Ballard and Bosch are reunited at the LAPD's new Open-Unsolved Unit, where the cold-case of a family slaughter still haunts Harry Bosch, in this gripping thriller from the crime writing supremo.
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The author of The Girl in the Spider's Web returns with a blistering new crime series inspired by the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, as a brilliant Swedish maverick teams up with a tenacious Chilean cop to solve a fiendish case.
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With his trademark blend of gripping plot and lyrical prose, Connolly delivers two compelling Charlie Parker novels in one volume, as the private investigator tries to protect two women as the pandemic shuts down the city of Portland as well as attempting to thwart the return of a notorious criminal to the city.
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Published posthumously, this richly atmospheric murder mystery from the much-loved author of the Seven Sisters series investigates a suspicious death in a highly secretive boarding school.
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From the author of the Ruth Galloway series comes a gripping crime thriller featuring D.I. Harbinder Kaur, as a school reunion turns deadly for a police officer involved in a murder three decades previously.
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When an odious racist MP meets a truly gruesome end, Detective Ray Lennox must put his personal feelings aside to reveal the truth about his murder in the stunning new thriller from the author of Trainspotting.
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A time-bending murder mystery from the singular imagination of the author of Five Minds, Black Lake Manor finds a detective forced to solve a slaying twice, after time unspools by six hours.
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A series of murders in rural Mississippi carry echoes of harrowing events from 65 years ago in Everett’s powerful novel that combines a page-turning detective narrative with a searing critique of racism and police violence.

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The third scintillating Jack Reacher thriller co-written by Lee Child and his younger brother Andrew finds our charismatic hero probing the expansive conspiracy behind an apparent suicide.
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Alternating between the perspectives of a brutal serial killer and the forensic pathologist on their trail, the debut crime thriller from the co-host of the chart-topping true crime podcast Morbid is a chillingly authentic page-turner par excellence.
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From the author of Watch Her Fall comes a truly ingenious thriller about a decades-old literary treasure hunt and the sinister passions and obsessions that are reignited when a cult mystery picture book is reissued.

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Perfect reading for all fans of The Chain and Falling, Do No Harm is a compulsive, edge-of-the-seat thriller about a surgeon forced to murder a patient in order to save her son from a ruthless kidnapper.
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Another slice of suspenseful courtroom drama from the mega-selling thriller writer, The Boys from Biloxi traces the very different paths of Keith and Hugh, and the gripping legal showdown that both their lives have been leading up to.
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Turning the serial killer narrative on its head, Kukafka's searing and intelligent second novel focuses on three women whose lives are irrevocably changed by their contact with a brutal murderer on death row.

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The bestselling author of One by One delivers another unputdownable thriller full of creepy chills and unforeseen twists, as the case of a popular and charismatic woman's murder is reopened.
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The fifth instalment of the page-turning William Warwick series showcases all of Jeffrey Archer's manifold gifts for perfect plotting, unbearable suspense and masterful storytelling.

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Robert Hunter returns in another visceral thriller from the hugely popular Chris Carter, as a series of sinister poems are found inside the corpses of seemingly unconnected murder victims.
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The nerve-shredding sequel to the bestselling The Family Upstairs finds a bag of human bones linked back to the Chelsea mansion where a chilling crime was committed many years previously.
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From the author of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair comes a fiendish, intricately structured mystery centred on dynastic intrigue at a Swiss bank and a mysterious hotel with a missing room.

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Combining a wire-taut military thriller with a searching examination of the horrors of the First World War that continued even after the Armistice, Two Storm Wood finds a resourceful officer and a determined widow on the hunt for a psychopath.
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From the author of the prize-winning former Waterstones Thriller of the Month The Chain comes an addictive new thriller where one dreadful mistake leads to escalating terror for a family visiting a sinister island.

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The country music legend and the bestselling crime writer join forces to craft an unputdownable thriller of glamorous dreams and deadly pasts as a young singer determines to make it big in Nashville.

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The former Royal Marine and author of the motivational mindset trilogy delivers his second heart-pounding novel, as vigilante Mallory comes to the aid of an old man with fears for his granddaughter's life.
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The post-pandemic plans of a Highland estate to reopen its luxury 'party house' to tourists fuels resentment in the locals in this nail-biting, stunningly crafted psychological thriller from one of tartan noir's finest.
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A former soldier-turned-investment-banker becomes embroiled in a lethal conspiracy after witnessing something terrible on his daily commute, in this fast-paced thriller from the legendary David Baldacci.
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The first instalment of an expansive new trilogy from one of the world’s most eloquent crime writers, City on Fire essays the trials and tribulations of a Rhode Island longshoreman caught in the middle of a deadly mob turf war.

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Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware, Brookmyre's addictive closed-circle mystery places a party of hen-do revellers on a remote island at the mercy of a shadowy kidnapper.
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The bestselling phenomenon and author of It Ends With Us spins the irresistible tale of a struggling writer who discovers more than she bargained for when she accepts an offer to ghost-write an injured author's new work.
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DS Elin Warner faces another gruesome case as a woman's body is discovered at an island wellness retreat in Pearse's pulsating follow-up to former Waterstones Thriller of the Month The Sanatorium.

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A new wife is caught in a race against time to find her missing husband in this fast-paced, compulsive thriller of dirty politics and treacherous relationships.
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From the author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep comes another compellingly crafted mystery featuring an unfulfilled woman fleeing a dark past and a spate of sinister crimes in suburbia.

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An unputdownable tale of a mother trying to prevent the murder her son has committed as she wakes up each morning to find herself further back in the past, Wrong Place Wrong Time is a riveting, tense, genre-bending novel that will stay with the reader long after the closing pages.

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A compelling spy thriller in the grand tradition of John le Carré and Robert Harris, Worrall's nerve-jangling tale revolves around four key players in the Cold War and a lethally dangerous chess tournament in the London of 1961.
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When a slippery billionaire claims he can reverse the climate crisis and James Bond has been captured by enemy forces, a trio of MI6's finest agents are sent to investigate in this pulsating spy thriller set in the world of 007.
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The eighth Slough House thriller finds Jackson Lamb embroiled in double dealing and the hunt for a missing agent as the rest of the slow horses add their own distinctively chaotic magic to the mix.
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Horowitz's third James Bond thriller is a typically high-octane affair, as 007 - accused of M's murder - is smuggled across the Iron Curtain in a deadly game of subterfuge and double cross with the lethal SMERSH.
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From the author of A Double Life comes a poignant and captivating fictional reconstruction of one of the most important relationships of interwar espionage history - that between Kim Philby and Edith Tudor-Hart, the woman who introduced him to his Soviet handler.
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