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Our ultimate summer reading list

Even if the weather is pouring, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed in the summer – longer days and more daylight to enjoy your favourite authors or discover something new.

So whether you’re planning a stay-cation, saving your holiday for the dark winter months or about to jet off for a two-week holiday somewhere with guaranteed sunshine, these are the crime novels that will be making up our summer reading list.

Our 2016 summer reading list

summer reading listThe Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

With all the claustrophobic feeling of a country house murder mystery, the new book from In a Dark, Dark Wood author Ruth Ware is the perfect summer read. Quite rightly compared to Agatha Christie, the hunted, isolated feeling created is so realistic – after all, where else on the planet are you more likely to not have a phone signal than out in the middle of the big blue?

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I See You by Clare MackintoshI See You by Clare Mackintosh

How much do you pay attention to the people around you when you’re commuting in to work? Would you notice if you were being watched? I See You tells the story of women across London who don’t realise that they’re being monitored and hunted by predators using a website called – an alarmingly real possibility.




Black Water LiliesBlack Water Lilies by Michael Bussi

Black Water Lilies is set in Giverny where tourists spend the day soaking in the atmosphere of artist Claude Monet’s former home and garden where he painted his famous water lilies. This book has all the elements of a summer bestseller – a beautiful location, a murder mystery with few suspects (perfect for those amateur sleuths), dark secrets and a lost masterpiece. What’s not to love?




My Husband's Wife by Jane CorryMy Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

One for the domestic suspense fans, with an excellent twist you won’t see coming, My Husband’s Wife is full of characters you just can’t decide whether to trust. A gripping page turner that will keep you stuck to the sun lounger as you follow the two protagonists’ interlocking stories of trouble and strife.


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The Night Manager by John le CarreThe Night Manager by John le Carré

Looking for something a bit more complex to sink your teeth into? The Night Manager rightly deserves your undivided attention so if you have some time put aside to enjoy a thoroughly good, intelligent thriller from the master of the spy genre, then this book is for you. Have fun dreaming of Tom Hiddleston!




The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

A debut that had us thinking of The Girl on the Train, this crime novel makes the reader stop and ask themselves ‘what would I do’ in a situation not 100 miles away from something that could actually happen. A couple goes next door for a dinner party leaving their small baby at home. They check her every 30 minutes and have a baby monitor with them. What could possibly go wrong?




The Trouble with Goats and SheepThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Set during the long hot summer of 1976, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is as much a coming-of-age drama as a suspense-filled mystery novel. Star protagonists Grace and Tilly are ten-year-olds who decide to take on the mystery of the missing Mrs Creasy. They begin their investigations on their cul-de-sac and soon uncover more than they bargained for.




Dear Amy by Helen CallaghanDear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, ‘Dear Amy’, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received from Bethan Avery, a local teenager who has been missing for years. This crime novel will have you hooked almost instantly as a decades-old mystery starts to have a real impact on present day events.




The Witnesses by James PattersonBookshots from James Patterson

Not got all the time in the world to be lounging around on a sun lounger? Never fear – James Patterson’s BookShots pack all the punch of a novel into 150 pages. Small but perfectly formed, try The Trial as a good place to start, especially as it’s part of the Woman’s Murder Club series.

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    Hi, I’d like to put forward Frog Music by Emma Donoghue which I could not put down. I started off thinking it was historical, then murder mystery, then unreliable narrator & finally, well, I’ll leave others to decide! Loved it.

    Fantastic summer reading list! I was really happy to come across this site. I was recently recommended a thriller that I cannot stop talking about called “Naked Ambition” by Rick Pullen ( The book follows investigative reporter Beck and his findings about a presidential candidate’s unsavory past. The book has it all: twists and turns, corrupt politicians and dirty money, sex, violence and some great characters. It really left me with so many thoughts and questions about how things really are in politics and journalism! A really fun and thoughtful summer read! I hope your readers will check it out!

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