Favourite reads 2018: Crime and Thriller Fiction

Favourite Reads 2018: Crime and Thriller fiction

The final list of our 2018 favourites is here! We’re looking at probably the most popular genre in our libraries: crime and thriller fiction. Here are staff and customer picks from 2018.

We’ve made it really easy for you to get your hands on these titles. Head to our library catalogue Best of Year slideshow to click and collect your copy from your local library.

Each of the book titles below also link directly to our catalogue where you’ll find several are available on audiobook too.

Standalone novels

Librarian Vikki, and several of our borrowers, have loved Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane ‘Big Little Lies‘ Moriarty. A witty, suspensful tale about the dark dealings behind the perfect facade of a glamorous spa.

Paul David found two dead bodies in the back of car and has been seeing and hearing things that no-one else does. Is he losing his mind, or is that what someone wants him to think? A Noise Downstairs is another taught, compelling novel from the masterful Linwood Barclay.

Paper Ghosts is a creepy pshychological thriller from Julia Heaberlin. A young woman tries to trigger the memories of an elderly man in an attempt to find out if he really is guilty of the murders of which he was acquitted.

Stephen King‘s The Outsider may have a touch of the supernatural, but it’s a suspenseful and original crime novel at heart that will keep you guessing to the end.

The series continues…

One of the best things about reading fiction is when you find a series that you love. It’s even better to find that series a bit late in the game, because you have a whole world spread out in front of you and you don’t need to wait for the next book to be written! Here’s our staff and customer recommendations:

Ben Aaronvitch: Lies Sleeping (seventh in the London Met-meets magic, Rivers of London series).

John Connolly: The Woman in the Woods. The Charlie Parker series is beautifully written, has a supernatural element and, while dark, has humour and a strong emotional core. This is the 16th book. Chosen by Librarian Lynne.

Janet Evanovich: Look Alive Twenty-Five Number 25 in the witty, pacy Stephanie Plum series. Chosen by Librarian Tanya.

Quintin Jardine: State Secrets. Edinburgh cop, Bob Skinner, is pulled into Westminster intrigue in the 28th book in the series. 28 was released in paperback this year and 29 is already out too!

Stuart McBride: The Blood Road. The 11th book in the Logan McRae series has been widely thought to be his very best yet.

Kirkland Ciccone Jeff NoonThe Body Library

Jeff Noon: The Body Library. If you like your crime a bit different look no further than the hugely imaginative Nyquist Mysteries. This is the second of his detective noir novels sent in an extraordinary alternate world. Nominated by author Kirkland Ciccone following his Book Week Scotland appearance at Grangemouth Library in November (right).

Louise Penny: Kingdom of the BlindThe Chief Inspector Gamache series, set in a small Quebec town is on book 14. Recommended by Libraries’ Team Leader, Anna

Peter Robinson: Careless Love. Few people write a police procedural as well as Peter Robinson. Number 25 in the DCI Banks series is no different and everyone, from Jeffrey Deaver to Stephen King, seems to agree.

ES Thomson at Larbert Library
Elaine Thomson with Larbert Library’s Laura (left)

ES Thomson: The Blood. Laura from Larbert Library loves ES Thomson’s Jem Flockhart books, so we invited the author herself to join us for Book Week Scotland. The Blood is the latest in the series of vividly-written Victorian gothic fiction, where the character poses as a man to work as an apothecary.

Martin Walker : A Taste for Vengeance. Number 11 in the rural France-set Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries. You’ll wish you were there!

If you’ve any further recommendations, we’d love to hear them! Comment below.

All hail Stephen King – podcast 6

Hello lovely podpeople,

we got a bit excited this podcast talking about the wonderful Stephen King who celebrated his 70th birthday this year in September. We also had time to recommend some new and upcoming titles. Grant, Kevin and Lynne joined me (Vikki) to share what we had recently been reading:
• Vikki was still reading Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King
(it’s a very long novel but excellent!)
• Grant had been rereading Different Seasons and Skeleton Crew
(Two short story compilations by Stephen King)
• Kevin had been rereading the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch
• Lynne had been reading The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

New and forthcoming adult books:
Nucleus by Rory Clements
Greyfriars House by Emma Fraser
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
Now we are dead by Stuart Macbride
The Sons by Anton Svensson

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn by Adam Hargreaves (0-5)
The Winner’s Cup (Pokemon) (5-7)
I swapped my brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons  (7-9)
The great Shelby Holmes meets her match by Elizabeth Eulberg (9-11)
The truth and lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
War for the Planet of the Apes (12)

Our Reading Agony this time is a customer who was looking for someone who writes similar books to Stephen King and wanted some suggestions. We came up with several suggestions depending which genre of Stephen King was their favourite. So for horror titles we thought possible authors could be
Clive Barker
Dean Koontz
Peter Straub
James Herbert
In terms of short story collections they could try
• Kate Atkinson –  Not the end of the world
• Ali Smith –  Public Library and other stories

Finally for a fan of The Dark Tower series an author such as
Neil Gaiman
Dan Simmons
Joe Hill

Staff Quote of the day we’ve changed this to King quote
This gem was on his website in the Q&A section

Do you have a haunted house?

“Absolutely not—don’t come to my house on Halloween. We’ve done trick-or-treat a few times and we had 600 or 800 – one time we had 1,400 people show up for candy and treats and it’s fun, it’s great to see everyone, but it wears everybody out and it plays hell with the law so we’re not doing that anymore.”

Our Discussion was all about Stephen King. We talked about the first titles we ever read. Which are our favourites, why we think he is such a great writer, and the many adaptations of his work from page to screen. Some of the titles we mentioned were;
Salem’s Lot
The Shining
The Body
The Green Mile
Lisey’s Story
Gunslinger (Part 1 Dark Tower Series)

For a really comprehensive list of Stephen King’s work visit his website

Let us know your favourite Stephen King book or favourite adaptation.

The Did You Know? segment this week was all about the many and varied stock promotions available throughout the year in libraries for adults, an ideal opportunity to pick something new and different to try.

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