No matter how long ago it was (we’ll never tell, of course), we always feel that ‘back to school’ energy in September – we come over all productive, buy ridiculous amounts of stationery and stock up on some essential reading to make sure we’re on top of all of our favourite crime…
This month is particularly exciting: we have two massive new books from Harlan Coben and MJ Arlidge, a memoir from the greatest living spy novelist and former intelligence officer, the film tie-in edition of The Girl On The Train and a brand new take on Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
Let us know what books you’re excited for this month in the comments below – have we missed any that are on your list?
September new releases
Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah – 6th September
If, like us, you cannot get enough of the adventures of Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, then you have to pick up Sophie Hannah’s new interpretation of Christie’s unforgettable style – perfect for existing fans of Christie, or as an introduction to our favourite detective. Read our review by Gav Reads here.
Hide and Seek by MJ Arlidge – 8th September
Following on from the events in Little Boy Blue, we meet DI Helen Grace once again as she serves time in HMP Holloway. Helen is trapped – surrounded by those she had a hand in incarcerating – with no one to help her. And then a body is found in a locked cell. This is a claustrophobic, tense, suspenseful read that you won’t want to miss. Find out how MJ Arlidge researched the book here.
Home by Harlan Coben – 22nd September
Myron Bolitar and Win are back in Harlan Coben’s new thriller, where they’re investigating the abduction of two young boys ten years previously. One of the boys has since been found, now a teenager, and the two friends must discover what happened to the boy who never returned. Home will keep you guessing until the very end – you won’t be disappointed.
The Trespasser by Tana French – 22nd September
Tana French continues to wow us with her brilliant writing style in The Trespasser, where she paints a vivid picture of modern Ireland that is both familiar and thrillingly subversive. Her controlled pacing and plot make it impossible to put down, and her fantastically real characters keep us coming back every time.
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay – 22nd September
On a seemingly normal Saturday in the town, all hell breaks loose as huge numbers of people begin to drop dead on the street. Barry Duckworth, in the process of investigating an explosion at the town’s drive-in, believes that the crimes are connected – somebody is on a mission to kill the people of Promise Falls.
The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré – 8th September
If you’re a fan of John le Carré, or loved the recent adaptations of The Night Manager and Our Kind Of Traitor, then you’re in for a treat with this one. le Carré’s memoir is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his ‘secret sharers’ – the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels. The Pigeon Tunnel reads like fiction, but it’s all true. A truly exceptional read.
A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward – 1st September
Sarah Ward follows on from last year’s stunning debut, In Bitter Chill, with this captivating mystery about a woman who serves time in jail for the murder of her husband – only for his recently killed body to be found shortly after her release. A Deadly Thaw is a brilliant second novel from a writer who continues to prove herself as one to be watched. Check out Sarah’s eight favourite evil duos from fiction here.
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley – 22nd September
Twelve-year-old fledgling investigator Flavia de Luce returns from boarding school in Canada to find that her father is sick and in hospital. Trapped at home with her horrible sisters and annoying cousin, Flavia decides to carry our errands for the vicar’s wife, causing her to stumble upon the body of a neighbour. Intrigued by the prospect of an adventure, Flavia decides to take the investigation into her own young hands.
Conclave by Robert Harris – 22nd September
From the author of the addictive Cicero trilogy comes a tale of the world’s most secretive election. Held behind the tightly locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from over the world come together to vote for a new head of the Catholic church. Each man has his own agenda and incentives, making for an explosive political thriller.
Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith – 22nd September
Wilbur Smith transports us to Ancient Egypt in this captivating new historical thriller. Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel filled with danger, passion, and a thrilling battle for power. Unmissable.
The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May – 8th September
The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the China thrillers series, pertaining to Margaret Campbell’s investigations in Beijing. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading The Firemaker, we highly recommend you do – you’ll fall as much in love with Campbell and her partner Li Yan as we have.
Agatha Raisin: Pushing up Daisies by M.C. Beaton – 20th September
Perfect for fans of the Sky 1 TV series with Ashley Jensen, the hilarious Agatha Raisin is back and this time she’s been asked to investigate the murder of a wealthy landowner. Raisin is an incredibly likeable character – her faults and imperfections just make us love her more – and she continues to get better with age. A highly recommended read.
The pick of the paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.