For book lovers, September promises a month of evenings curled up with a thrilling read and a brew of choice. Rather than bringing doom and gloom, a chill in the air and an increase in rainy days mean we can dedicate more time to devouring some gripping new releases.
With another addition to the DI Helen Grace series from M J Arlidge, a hugely anticipated new mystery from Robert Galbraith and a chilling memoir from one of the country’s top forensic pathologists, September is on hand with a bunch of new books guaranteed to help ease you into these colder nights.
The best books out in September 2018:
Down to the Woods by M J Arlidge
DI Helen Grace and her team must race against time to catch a dark and dangerous serial killer before more blood is shed in M J Arlidge’s macabre new thriller. Tense and pacy, this is a truly unmissable read – the kind that will make you miss your stop on the bus and leave you on the edge of your seat. Read the first chapter here.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
After three years of (not very) patient waiting on our part, the hugely anticipated fourth instalment in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series finally hits the shelves this month. Lethal White sees Strike and Ellacott set off on a twisting trail through London in what promises to be a gripping, page-turning mystery.
The Fox by Frederick Forsyth
Master storyteller and The Day of the Jackal author Frederick Forsyth is back this September with a classic thriller with a modern edge. When a young and brilliant hacker is found on British soil, he fast becomes the country’s greatest weapon with the means to change the balance of world power.
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves
September sees the release of the final book in Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series – a story of dysfunctional families and fractured relationships. DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in a barn – a case that turns out to be the most disturbing and personal of his career.
Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd
As the country’s top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. This memoir is chilling, sometimes bizarre and always unputdownable – a fascinating record of an extraordinary life and a unique insight into a truly remarkable profession. Don’t miss it.
Eden by Candice Fox
Most police duos run on trust, loyalty, and the desire to see killers in court. But Detective Frank Bennett’s partner, the enigmatic Eden Archer, has nothing to offer him but danger. This second instalment in the Archer and Bennett series is a dark, edgy, compelling read that will grip you from start to finish.
The Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward
Escape to the Peak District in this perfect autumnal mystery that follows DC Connie Childs as she connects a seemingly normal death to a fifty-year-old mystery. This atmospheric, absorbing read will hook you in right from the very beginning and leave you turning the pages long into the night.
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
It’s 1988, and Private Investigator Philip Marlowe – now in his seventy-second year – has been presented with a case that has his name written all over it. Fans of Raymond Chandler won’t be disappointed by this tense, thrilling continuation novel with taut sentences, witty asides and a dark and devious plot. Read a chapter here.
Death at Sea by Andrea Camilleri
These eight ingenious short stories follow Inspector Montalbano’s investigations into Sicily’s murky underworld, all with Andrea Camilleri’s razor-sharp wit and Montalbano’s trademark appetite. This collection is the perfect place to start if you’re yet to discover Sicily’s favourite crime author.
The pick of the paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.
Have we missed any of the best books out in September? Let us know in the comments below!