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The best crime books of 2022 so far

Catching up on the best books of 2022 so far? Looking for new crime and thriller novels to add to your ever-growing reading pile? You’ve come to the right place!

Find our reviews and recommendations for the most exciting new releases of the year right here.

The best books out in January 2022:

One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner
out 20 January
Five men head into the woods for a bachelor party weekend. But only four return… Missing person specialist Frankie Elkin returns in Lisa Gardner’s new book – a gripping new thriller that’s packed with suspense and impossible to put down.

The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown
out 13 January
If you loved Richard and Judy book club pick The Witchfinder’s Sister, don’t miss Beth Underdown’s second historical mystery when it hits shelves this month. It’s an atmospheric page turner guaranteed to captivate you from the very beginning.

Wahala by Nikki May
out 6 January
Soon to be a major BBC TV adaptation, this brilliant debut combines the friendship, fashion and relationships of Sex and the City with the deliciously dark humour and killer edge of My Sister, the Serial Killer. Fast-paced and full of warmth, Wahala is a real page turner.

A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle
out 20 January
A cruise liner makes the perfect setting for a locked-room mystery with a classic edge in A Fatal Crossing. Perfect for readers of Anthony Horowitz, Sophie Hannah and Richard Osman, it’s an atmospheric, claustrophobic whodunnit with a twist you won’t see coming.

The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier
out 20 January
Already a phenomenal bestseller internationally, The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier asks: what you would you do if there were two of you? It’s an original, high-concept thriller that fans of Stuart Turton, Michel Bussi and Black Mirror will love.

Two Storm Wood by Philip Gray
out 13 January
Set at the end of the Great War, Two Storm Wood follows Captain Mackenzie, a survivor of the war, as he uncovers a war crime of inhuman savagery and is drawn into the hunt for a psychopath. Well-researched, and revealing a part of WW1 history that is little known about, it’s as fascinating as it is thrilling.

The pick of the paperbacks

These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.

The best books out in February 2022:

Breathless by Amy McCulloch
out 17 February
Perfect for fans of The Sanatorium and The Hunting Party, this is an ice-cold thriller from an expert mountaineer turned author. With a terrifying setting and a growing sense of claustrophobia, Breathless is an irresistible and unforgettable read. Read a chapter here.

Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
out 17 February
Evan Smoak faces his most challenging mission ever when the daughter of a major drug kingpin is kidnapped. Should he help a very bad man – no matter how just the cause? Orphan X is back in an action-packed new adventure this month. Prepare to find yourself on the edge of your seat!

The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen
out 3 February
When her husband Harry walks out after just six months, a girls’ weekend away with two friends seems like just what Sam needs. But who would have known it would end in murder… Pacy, clever and seriously addictive, The Perfect Escape is a thrilling must-read.

The Herd by Emily Edwards
out 3 February
Unputdownable and thought-provoking, The Herd explores the fine line between individual choice and collective responsibility. It’s a gripping, tense and and topical read ideal for book clubs and fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty.

What His Wife Knew by Jo Jakeman
out 17 February
This page-turning mystery about love, revenge and female friendship is as compelling as they come. With dark humour, brilliant characters and twists and turns that will keep you guessing, we can’t recommend it enough. Read an extract from the book here.

The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan
out 3 February
Gilly Macmillan’s latest thriller tells the dark tale of a weekend getaway that spirals out of control. Set at an isolated retreat in the Northumbria moors, it’s tense and atmospheric, with a claustrophobia that builds and builds with every chapter.

A Good Day to Die by Amen Alonge
out 17 February
It’s been ten years since Pretty Boy left the big city. Today he’s back – with revenge on his mind. Seriously gripping from the first page to the last, this fast-paced roller-coaster of a thriller comes from an exciting new voice in crime fiction.

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman
out 17 February
The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis in the new thriller from master of suspense Jonathan Kellerman. Balancing psychological insight with police procedure, this is a brilliantly crafted read that shouldn’t be missed.

The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths
out 3 February
Dr Ruth Galloway and and DCI Harry Nelson are on the hunt for a murderer when Covid-19 rears its ugly head. Can they find the killer despite lockdown? Hugely enjoyable and compulsively readable, this is the fourteenth book in a series that just doesn’t disappoint.

The pick of the paperbacks

These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.

The best books out in March 2022:

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
out 7 March
From America’s beloved superstar and greatest storyteller comes a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise – and on the run. Guaranteed to delight both music fans and crime fiction aficionados, Run Rose Run blends heart and suspense to create a truly captivating read.

The Match by Harlan Coben
out 17 March
Following a tip he hopes will finally solve the mystery of his abandonment, Wilde instead finds himself in the path of a serial killer in Harlan Coben’s new follow-up to The Boy From the Woods. Full of twists and turns, this addictive thriller is a must-read for fans of Netflix’s Stay Close and The Stranger.

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel
out 3 March
Richard and Judy book club author Stephanie Wrobel returns this month with a sinister story of sisters, secrets and a sanctuary with a dark agenda. Chilling from start to finish, this perfectly plotted psychological thriller is impossible to put down.

The People Next Door by Tony Parsons
out 31 March
What happens when the people next door know all your secrets? The second domestic thriller from the author of the bestselling DC Max Wolfe novels hits shelves this month. With twists you won’t see coming and a pace that doesn’t let up, The People Next Door will have you glued to the edge of your seat.

Give Unto Others by Donna Leon
out 3 March
Our favourite Venetian detective is back for his thirty-first case this month – one that sees Commissario Guido Brunetti bending police rules, and his own character, to help an acquaintance in danger. This is first class crime fiction that’s packed with mystery and intrigue, and we can’t recommend it enough.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
out 3 March
If you loved The Guest List, don’t miss Lucy Foley’s brand new thriller – a locked room mystery set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide. It’s an atmospheric and hugely readable whodunnit that you’ll race through, desperate to find out what happens next.

This Is the Night They Come For You by Robert Goddard
out 24 March
Robert Goddard combines brilliant, original characterisation with masterful, intricate plotting in his latest thriller, set in Algeria. Readers of Anthony Horowitz and Richard Osman will love this book that’s as pacy and page-turning as it is warm and witty.

The Curfew by T M Logan
out 17 March
Five teenagers went into the woods last night – but only four came out. Now their parents must decide whether to protect their children or risk losing everything. This tense drama will keep you reading long into the night and have you questioning what you would do in the same extraordinary situation.

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan
out 3 March
A politician’s less-than-perfect personal life is thrust into the spotlight when a body is discovered in her home in Sarah Vaughan’s new psychological thriller. Timely, sophisticated and thought-provoking, Reputation is gripping to the very end.

The pick of the paperbacks

These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.

Bryant and May: London Bridge is Falling Down by Christopher Fowler

The best books out in April 2022:

No Less the Devil by Stuart MacBride
out 28 April
Stuart MacBride’s gripping new thriller introduces a truly unforgettable, surprising and original new detective, DS Lucy McVeigh. Chilling, compulsive and threaded with dark humour, No Less the Devil showcases a crime-writing master at the top of his game. Read a chapter here.

Little Sister by Gytha Lodge
out 28 April
Two sisters went missing. Only one of them came back… Blending police procedure and psychological thrills, the fourth brilliant DCI Jonah Sheens novel is full of twists and turns guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. Fans of Cara Hunter and Susie Steiner won’t want to miss this.

22 Seconds by James Patterson
out 28 April
The Women’s Murder Club is back this month with a fiendish new case – one it will take the ingenuity of all four friends to solve. It’s a page-turning, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat read that won’t disappoint – and once you’re hooked on this series, you’ll want to read them all!

Deadly Cure by Mahi Cheshire
out 21 April
If you enjoyed The Silent Patient and Blood Orange then you shouldn’t miss this debut tale of betrayal, secrets and ruthless ambition. Penned by a GP with a degree in psychology, it’s dark, twisty and compulsively readable – and it’ll keep you guessing right to the very end. Read a chapter here.

Nobody But Us by Laure van Rensburg
out 14 April
My Dark Vanessa meets Gone Girl in this powerful thriller about a dangerous couple who both have something to hide. Balancing a provocative plot with an addictive pace and killer twists, Nobody But Us is a truly unputdownable read that we can’t recommend enough.

Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka
out 14 April
From the prize-winning author of Bullet Train comes a propulsive new thriller that sees an ordinary man infiltrate a web of professional assassins to avenge his wife’s murder. It’s fast-paced and hugely entertaining, with tension that builds and builds. Read a chapter here.

Outside by Ragnar Jonasson
out 28 April
Four friends seek shelter from a deadly snowstorm. As the night darkens, old secrets resurface – and not everyone will make it to the morning. This ice-cold new standalone mystery from Dead Good Reader Award winner Ragnar Jónasson is as suspenseful, atmospheric and expertly crafted as they come.

The Birdcage by Eve Chase
out 28 April
Fans of Richard and Judy book club pick The Glass House will love this haunting new tale. It sees three siblings return to the house where they spent their childhood holidays – only to find someone wants to avenge the fateful summer that changed everything. It’s absorbing from start to finish.

Death of the Black Widow by James Patterson
out 28 April
When officer Walter O’Brien is called to a murder scene on day one with Detroit PD, one thing’s for sure: he’ll never forget his first case. Following a cop’s hunt for a serial killer like no other, this standalone thriller is perfect for readers of Stephen King, C J Tudor and M R Carey.

The pick of the paperbacks

These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.

What would make your list of the best crime books of 2022 so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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