If you liked this….Rebecca Fletcher’s picks for further Crime Novel exploration


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Marple or Poirot? Morse or Holmes? We’re obsessed with solving a good mystery. With crime being such a hugely popular and varied genre, it’s hard to pick favourites. Who knew there was such a thing as ‘cosy crime’? Murdered by macaroon perhaps? I wonder if that’s what our dear Agatha would be filed under nowadays. Whether it’s a candlestick in the library or a drop of arsenic you’re after, here are just a few other fantastic reads to help you get your detective fix.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett will get you playing super sleuth in no time at all. It’s a standout winner for a new take on crime novels – think emails, letters, police reports and having the chance to play Poirot yourself. The scene? A sleepy town by the name of Lower Lockwood where everyone seems to have a secret. One murder, fifteen suspects and someone’s already been sent to prison. Between Fairway Players’ terrible staging of All My Sons and a charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick’s life-saving medical treatment, the murderer hides in plain sight. All the evidence is in writing but will Charlotte and Femi, the assigned law students by Roderick Tanner QC, ever get to the bottom of it all?

If golden age crime is just your cup of tea (yes please Miss Marple, I will take you up on that scone) and you’re already devoured The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes, then Claire Gradidge’s The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox is the perfect armchair companion for an hour or two. It’s April 1941 and Josephine Fox returns home to Romsey after twenty years, to uncover a secret shrouding her parents. The day she arrives, the Lutwaffe have bombed a local pub the night before and the rescue effort are searching for the remains of seven people who were there when the bomb hit. Except they find eight bodies, not seven. The eighth body is that of a teenage girl, unidentified. Jo sets out to help local coroner and childhood friend, Bram, to establish the identity of the girl and more importantly, that of her killer, but in doing so, she unravels the very mystery she has returned to Romsey to solve all along.

There’s also the writer Lucy Foley whose first book The Hunting Party became a global bestseller and brings all the feels of an Agatha Christie whodunnit. A remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness where old friends gather for New Year. Will long held grudges and toxic friendships become the perfect recipe for a murder amongst friends?


Last and by no means least, we couldn’t let this little bit of early book news pass without sharing it with you…. It’s been 45 years since Sleeping Murder, Agatha Christie’s last novel featuring super sleuth Miss Marple was published posthumously in 1976. To mark this, Marple, a brand new collection of 12 short stories has been penned by a stellar list of writers including Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware to bring Agatha Christie’s beloved tweed-wearing, tea-drinking crime solving mastermind to a new generation. You’ll have to wait until September in both the UK and US for this one to be on bookshop shelves but we have a feeling it will be worth it. Hit that pre-order button now!

Courtesy of The Bolton News

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