Ragnar Jónasson, translated by Victoria Cribb, Michael Joseph, RRP£14.99
Wrap up warmly for this invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic noir from Jónasson. Obstinate Detective Hulda is pushed to the edge, struggling with problems both personal and professional as she tackles two difficult cases. The reverse storytelling here is dispatched adroitly, completing a trilogy that began splendidly with The Darkness.
Kate Rhodes, Simon & Schuster, RRP£8.99
Kate Rhodes writes beautifully crafted psychological thrillers. Thoughtful Ben Kitto, Deputy Chief of Police in the Scilly Isles, investigates when the burnt corpse of a man is discovered, leading to the lockdown of the entire island of St Agnes. The evocation of a cloistered community is handled with understated skill.
The Last Trial
Scott Turow, Mantle, RRP£20
Turow kick-started the legal thriller with 1987’s Presumed Innocent; his new book demonstrates he has not lost his edge. Facing retirement, Sandy Stern takes on a last client accused of insider trading with his drug company. Turow’s continuing cast of characters are satisfyingly in place, as in the consummate plotting.
Blood Red City
Rod Reynolds, Orenda, RRP£8.99
The youthful Reynolds arrived with the casual acumen of an old hand at the crime narrative. This sprawling, multi-stranded standalone demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition, with a strikingly realised London setting. His protagonists are knee-deep in financial crime, crooked property deals and insidious Russian influence. Energetically written fare.
Joe Ide, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£14.99
It shouldn’t work, but it does. The notion of reimagining Sherlock Holmes as an eccentric African-American sleuth has proved to be fruitful, with ‘IQ’ Quintabe a memorably idiosyncratic character. Hired by a white supremacist arms dealer to clear his daughter after a shooting, IQ is soon out of his depth.
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