Top 5 Crime 2021

Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby
SA Cosby’s second book is propulsive crime fiction driven by flawed characters that shines a light on a range of social issues withough labouring any of them.
Lightseekers by Femi Kayode
In his debut, Nigerian author Femi Kayode’s takes on Nigerian culture and universal themes of abuse, religion and revenge
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead switches gears to deliver a crime caper novel set in a 1960s Harlem brought vividly to life.
City of Vengeance by DV Bishop
Another debut – DV Bishop based this page turning crime thriller on actual historical events in 16th Century Florence
Bullet Train by Kiotaro Isaka
There is a distinct manga influence to Kotaro Isaka’s twisty over-the-top but always fun thriller full of hired killers and set on a bullet train

Honourable Mentions

The Housemate by Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey moves away from her established series to deliver a twisty thriller.
Cutters End by Margaret Hickey
Margaret Hickey’s Australian rural noir debut pulls a bait and switch before settling in to an engaging procedural
Sliverview by John Le Carre
John Le Carre’s final book is another masterpiece of quiet espionage and reflection of modern conflicts
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
Emma Stonex reimagines an old tale of missing lighthouse keepers into a compelling mystery

I Shot the Devil by Ruth McIver
Ruth McIver’s debut is a taut thriller centred around a conflicted, damaged protagonist and the old crimes coming back to haunt her

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