Ten top summer crime books

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons
The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

We take a look at 10 of the season’s top crime books in this week’s chart.

1 The Murder Bag –Tony Parsons

Detective Max Wolfe has recently joined the Homicide division of London’s West End Central when he is called upon to look into the deaths of a group of privileged students who are being killed in violent ways. 
2 The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Detective Cormoran Strike is back looking for missing author Owen Quine when a manuscript is found that contains poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knew.

3 Want You Dead – Peter James

When Red Westwood falls for Bryce Laurent on an online dating website there is an instant attraction but as the love blossoms the truth about his past starts to come out and a dark side emerges.

4 The Killing Finch – Paul Finch

DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths but nothing can prepare him for this. The perfect read for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther.

5 NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson and Marshall Karp

NYPD Red are on the hunt for a killer who is bumping off those who have not been punished for the crimes they have committed.

6 Close Call – Stella Rimington

The latest book in the Liz Carlyle series has her and the Counter Terrorism Unit at MI5 watching the under-the-counter trade in arms.

7 Twisted – Lynda La Plante

Lena and Marcus Fulford are divorced with joint custody of their teenage daughter who they’ve sent to boarding school. Then following a sleepover, the school reports their daughter missing.

8 The Corpse Bridge – Stephen Booth

The old Corpse Bridge is the route that mourners have to take to a burial ground across the River Dove which is part of a stately home. When stately home owner Earl Manby announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground, bodies begin to appear on the road to the bridge. Is a serial killer at work and is there a connection to the Earl’s plans?

9 No Mercy – John Burley

When a teenager is found brutally murdered in the woods in Wintersville its clear that a psychopath is roaming the streets. Dr Ben Stevenson, the town’s medical examiner, becomes involved in the hunt for the murderer and is determined to keep his two boys safe, but then he uncovers a dark secret that will haunt him forever and put those he loves in danger.

10 Sleep Tight – Rachel Abbott

When Olivia Brookes disappears with her children, her car is still in the garage and her purse on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of the family has been removed from albums, from phones and from computers.

*Chart supplied by Morecambe Library. All these books are available at your local Lancashire library, or visit http://bit.ly/allourbooks or http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/lancashire/ to reserve your copy.