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Crime fiction is always to be found at the top of the summer blockbuster best-seller lists. We take a look at some of the best books around for magnificent beach and poolside reading.

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

If you’re travelling to the sunshine state this summer, you can’t go without reading one of Hiaasen’s rollickingly bleak and hilarious novels. When his first novel, Tourist Season, was published in 1986, GQ magazine called it “one of the 10 best destination reads of all time”.

Razor Girl, published in 2016, is his most recent caper. It begins with a crash scam which, in true Hiaasen style, spirals crazily out of control.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

This taut and riveting delve into the dynamics of intimate relationships from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything follows one family’s response to the disappearance of their beautiful, charismatic mother.

It forces readers to question the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love and maintains the suspense until the very last page.

The Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is author of the bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series, a thrilling crime story collection that is at once a beautiful evocation of the sights, culture and, most especially, the tastes of Sicily and dark, compelling mysteries with a fair dose of social commentary thrown in.

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

From the bestselling author of The Weekenders and queen of the beach read, this is a compelling tale of romance, friendships and justice that begins when a ninety-nine-year-old heiress summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000-acre remote barrier island home.

Over a few meetings, the ailing heiress spins a tale of old friendships at a time when World War II was looming and the secrets that led to betrayal and a long-unsolved murder.

Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart

Classic British crime fiction from the 1950s that beautifully captures the landscapes and atmosphere of the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.

If you’re travelling the West Coast of Scotland this summer, you can’t do better than immersing yourself in this tense suspense-filled mystery set in a local hotel shortly after the ritualistic murder of a young local girl.

The Outsider by Stephen King

This chilling suspense novel will delight all readers of King’s bestselling Hodges Trilogy. When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit.

But, as Detective Ralph Anderson investigates the brutal killing, it becomes clear that the case isn’t so open and shut. King weaves a tale of almost unbearable suspense.

A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson

The latest book from CWA Historical Dagger 2014 winner (for The Devil in the Marshalsea) Antonia Hodgson, and the third in the Tom Hawkins series is a twisting thriller set in Georgian England.

A great read for fans of historical fiction and anyone who finds themselves holidaying in Yorkshire this summer.

The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon

It’s hard to believe that this thrilling murder mystery is the 27th outing for Leon’s Commissario Brunetti.

The evocatively described Venetian settings are enduringly enchanting, and the carefully crafted plot and gloriously dark depictions of the city make this a fantastic beach read for every crime fiction fan.

Righteous by Joe Ide

This is a worthy follow-up to Ide’s first, and critically-acclaimed book, IQ.

Here again, we catch up with lead protagonist IQ, where the last book left off, as he seeks to peel away the mysteries behind his older brother’s death.

Cue his brother’s former girlfriend whose younger sister has gone missing in Las Vegas, a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and a dark and twisting tour of the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas.

The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong

Jeong is one of South Korea’s most successful writers of psychological thrillers, and this story will delight with originality and unpredictability and much as its tale of memory loss, familial secrets, and blood and guts will shock.

Time Is a Killer by Michel Bussi

One of France’s most celebrated crime authors turns his attention to the pretty Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Heroine Clotilde returns to the island for the first time since a childhood tragedy and discovers the extent of her family’s dark past. French crime fiction that will keep you page turning and in suspense until the last.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

In 1995, tired of her loveless marriage and limited horizons, beautiful redhead Polly Costello walks out on husband Gregg and young daughter Jani during a beach holiday and takes a job in the High-Ho bar in the small town of Belleville, Delaware.

Here she meets private investigator Adam who seems to know more about her than he should. As the skeletons in the cupboard pile high, Lippman deploys multiple narrators to create a tantalising thriller.

In the countryside or at the beach, unveil the most fantastic mysteries and crimes and free your mind!
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