Crime fiction lovers gift guide: top must-have crime fiction books

Crime fiction lovers gift guide: top must-have crime fiction books

Looking for the perfect gift for the crime fiction fan in your life? Make their Christmas (or birthday) by wrapping up one of these hand-picked choices from the book connoisseurs at Goldsboro Books. From signed special editions to rare finds, award-winning reads to new releases, here’s what our independent team (and readers!) are excited about right now.

Top crime fiction books to buy this Christmas


Here’s our curated selection of gifts for crime fiction lovers that will keep them on the edge of their seat throughout the festive season.

1. The Last Devil To Die - by Richard Osman


No crime fiction gift list would be complete without an Osman, so we’re kicking off our recommendations with his latest gripping release ‘The Last Devil To Die’.

Prepare yourselves for the fourth chapter in the saga of The Thursday Murder Club - it promises a delightful blend of thrilling action and uproarious comedy, a refreshing escapade for all fans of the series.

If you want to add a special touch then get a signed, numbered, first edition copy of The Last Devil To Die at Goldsboro Books. But be quick - they won’t be available for long!

2. The Silent Man by David Fennell


In the midst of the London night, a chilling scene emerges: a father, murdered with his head tightly wrapped in tape, bearing a crude, sorrowful face drawn upon it. Strangely, the victim's only child is found unharmed and alive at the scene….

From the man who brought us the acclaimed ‘The Art Of Death’, David Fennell's latest release promises to keep you hooked until the very last page, in this gruesome but thrilling read.

Order a signed first edition copy of The Silent Man at Goldsboro Books.


3. The Exchange - by John Grisham


"The Exchange" is John Grisham's gripping follow-up to his worldwide bestseller, "The Firm." This thrilling novel takes readers on a whirlwind journey across the globe, from the bustling streets of New York to the historical charm of Rome and the vibrant chaos of Marrakech.

The story centres around Mitch McDeere, who, fifteen years ago, stole $10 million from the mob and vanished. Now, he has risen to the top of the world's largest law firm, with his enemies either imprisoned or dead. However, danger resurfaces when Mitch is tasked with a high-stakes case in Libya. He becomes embroiled in a massive hostage negotiation with terrorists who demand a staggering $100 million ransom within ten days."The Exchange" is a pulse-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

This book comes highly recommended by Lizzue Curle, director of London Capital Crime festival, who enthuses, "I truly relished this gripping narrative—it's an absolute delight to read!"

Don't miss your chance to secure a signed first edition, first print copy by pre-ordering The Exchange now

 

4. Reykjavik- by Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Ragnar Jonasson


A remote island. A missing girl. A city keeping its secrets…

Journalist Valur Robertsson embarks on a quest to unearth the truth behind Fifteen-year-old Lara’s disappearance. Yet, as he inches closer to unveiling the hidden tale, and with all eyes in Reykjavik watching, it becomes increasingly apparent that someone is determined to ensure Lara's vanishing remains forever shrouded in mystery.

The first novel from Iceland’s Prime Minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, Reykjavik promises to be a thrilling and highly entertaining read. Described as a ‘crime novel with a difference’, this mystery possesses all the ingredients of a timeless Christie-esque tale, with unexpected twists, an intricate plot, and a suspense that will leave you pondering until the final page.

Intrigued? Order a signed and numbered first edition copy of Reykjavik.

5. Fearless - by M.W. Craven


Ben Koenig, once the head of the elite US Marshal's Special Ops unit, vanished six years ago without a trace. Living in anonymity, he's now pursued by someone from his past, leading to a showdown in Gauntlet, a desert town hiding deadly secrets. Koenig's unique disorder makes him impervious to fear, and those who underestimate him are about to discover the consequences as he comes for them, bringing hell with him…

Described as ‘'Badass and brilliant' by Chris Whitaker, Fearless offers an adrenaline fueled plot where anything can happen…

Pick up a signed, limited edition copy with beautiful sprayed edges from Goldsboro Books.

6. The Good Liars - by Anita Frank


From the author of stunning historical fiction books comes a brand new story that kept our Premier special edition book club readers guessing until the very end…

Anita Frank's artful storytelling in The Good Liars effortlessly entwines the threads of history and mystery, introducing a cast of characters who oscillate between allure and repulsion. This chilling tale strikes a perfect balance between a spine-tingling ghost story and a captivating mystery, ensnaring readers in its grip, rendering it impossible to set aside. Against the poignant backdrop of World War I, the narrative unearths layers of deceit, webs of lies, and the profound scars left in the wake of the war's devastation, forging an atmosphere brimming with tension and unforgettable intrigue.

Don’t miss your chance to get a beautiful copy of this limited edition exclusive at Goldsboro Books.

7. Mrs Sidhu’s Dead And Scone - by Suk Pannu


Discover the debut cosy culinary crime thriller by Suk Pannu, known for BBC Radio 4's ‘Mrs. Sidhu Investigates’ and ‘Goodness, Gracious, Me’, as well as five series of the Emmy Award-winning ‘Kumars at No. 42’.

Meet Mrs. Sidhu, Slough's unofficial auntie, a caterer, and amateur sleuth who adds zest to Berkshire's elite with her delectable dishes and keen detective skills. But when she stirs up trouble among the rich and ruthless, she finds herself an outsider in her own community…

Following the discovery of a therapist's dead body in the quintessential English village, an unsettling pattern emerges: a killer is selecting victims through a twisted raffle at the village fete. Is this a vengeful spirit returning to seek gruesome retribution, or is there a resident harbouring a perilous secret, masquerading as one of their own?

A highly entertaining murder mystery with some laugh out loud moments, order a signed copy of Mrs Sidhu’s Dead And Scone from Goldsboro Books today.

8. Capital Crime Festival 2024 - Early Bird Tickets


If you really want to treat the crime fiction fan in your life then we’d suggest grabbing early bird tickets for Capital Crime Festival 2024 in London. After a hugely successful festival this year, including talks from big name writers such as Richard Osman and Richard Armitage, the festival will return again in 2024. Join over 100 authors of crime and thriller, and meet with other crime fiction enthusiasts at this epic three day festival.

The festival will take place on Thursday 30th May - Saturday 1st June 2024 at Leonardo Royal Hotel St Paul's, London. Early bird day tickets and full weekend tickets are on sale now at capitalcrime.org, for a limited time only.


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