Attention all armchair sleuths and crime buffs: Welcome to the Who Dunnit!? showcase, a collection of the very best crime and thriller reads from across the genre.
In this showcase you’ll find our top picks in Blockbuster Crime, Domestic Noir, True Crime, Cold Crime, Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense, Historical Mysteries, and Classic Crime. There are also sections dedicated to Quirky Crime Solvers, a blood-chilling selection of reads about Psychopaths & Serial Killers, and an assemblage of the biggest crime releases of 2017.
Browse some of our favourite books from the showcase below:
Top Crime Releases of 2017
Review by Sarah McDuling: Michael Connelly introduces a brand new character in his latest book, The Late Show, and she is my new favourite fictional person!
Meet Renée Ballard – a hardboiled LAPD detective working nights in Hollywood. She was assigned to “The Late Show” (working from 11pm – 7am every night) after filing a sexual harassment case against the head of the homicide division. Betrayed by a former partner, she has been effectively banished and put in a position where she can never pursue a case. Instead, all her cases must be turned over to the day shift detectives in the morning.
However, on one particular night, Renee gets three separate cases and finds she cannot bring herself to turn them over. A case of credit card fraud, an assault… Read the full review here.
Crime Bestsellers in Cheaper Formats
Review by Sara McDuling: Book 12 in the Lincoln Rhyme series, The Steel Kiss is one of the absolute best Forensic Thrillers I have ever read. It’s also the first Lincoln Rhyme book I have ever read. I’ve always intended to read this series, ever since I saw The Bone Collector and found myself intrigued by the idea of a quadriplegic forensic detective. But somehow, as much as I liked the movie, I just never got around to reading the book.
But now? Given how much I enjoyed The Steel Kiss, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be getting myself a copy of The Bone Collector and then reading through the whole series.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are on the hunt for an ingenious serial killer who turns commonplace objects into murder weapons… Read the full review here.
Review by That Metal Man: With opening chapters such as Prison Sex and Smack and Speed, Green is the New Black is as confrontational as you would expect from a book with pages dripping with doses of prison-administered morphine, and sex. If you caught Phelps’ previous graphic book Australia’s Toughest Prisons: Inmates, let me assure you that Green is the New Black is a step up in the disgust and shock stakes.
As Phelps assures us at the end of the first chapter, Prison Sex, “Sex isn’t the biggest problem in jail. Naughtiest? Sure. But nothing compared to the drug epidemic”. And thus the tone of the book is set; expect sex, drugs and violence (although in fairness there are uplifting stories that help keep the book on some level of reader-ease… Read the full review here.
Green is the New Black, as seen in BOOKED with Anastasia, Episode 24. (below)
This is Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery! Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer.
An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again… Learn more about Murder on the Orient Express.
Did you hear the news that Murder on the Orient Express is being adapted for the silver screen? Learn all about it in BOOKED with Anastasia, Episode 20 (below)
About the Contributor
Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.