Five of the best from the seasonal murder spree
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
'Scarpetta finds herself in the Low Country of Georgia with very little advanced technology and no jurisdiction only to find herself facing one of the most disturbing and dangerous challenges of her career. Much of the book is actually set in a women's prison. An inmate Scarpetta has just interviewed mysteriously dies and nothing on autopsy gives a clue as to why,' says Cornwell.
The Affair by Lee Child
'It's a prequel, set in 1997, and it's Reacher's last case in uniform. It answers the question: why did he ever leave the army? As the title suggests, it's kind of steamy,' says Child.
11.22.63 by Stephen King
The novel that millions are counting down to: King on JFK's assassination. It is sure to be one of the books of the year. Peter Robinson, for one, can't wait: 'I'm looking forward to the new Stephen King. A doorstop of a book that will keep me engaged through my Canadian tour.'
Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
'A film music composer [Chris Lowndes] returns to Yorkshire after many successful years in Los Angeles. He buys a remote house and learns it was the scene of a celebrated murder case in the 1950s: the murderer, an ex-nurse called Grace Fox, was hanged for poisoning her husband. Lowndes becomes fascinated by her story, tracing the truth all the way to Singapore,' Robinson says.
The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan
Ryan's debut The Holy Thief was nominated for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year and the Irish Fiction Award. The Bloody Meadow begins in 1937 in Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev investigates a suspicious suicide and finds himself out of his depth when he uncovers the political ramifications of what turns out to be a murder. 'He does his best to investigate even when it means risking his own life and those of the people closest to him,' Ryan says.