Crime fiction debuts to look out for in April 2016

This is a look forward to the crime fiction/thriller debuts being published in April 2016.

5 April 2016

A Coin for the Hangman by Ralph Spurrier (from Hookline Books)

Booksellers never know what they might find in an estate sale. When our man finds the tools of England’s last hangman, along with the diary of a condemned man he executed, he knows he has a mystery to solve. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose? And just who is telling the truth? A mystery that has readers guessing to the very last page.

7 April 2016

51O7kpP4GYL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (from Twenty7 Books)

Described as ‘A gripping tale of a small town gone wrong’.

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town. Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect. Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures. Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake. Photographer Jerry, who’s determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.

And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own . . .

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city. When not writing he enjoys football, boxing, and anything else that distracts him from his wife and two young sons.

Follow Chris on Twitter @WhittyAuthor. The book is published as an ebook on 7 April and will be out in paperback 6 months later.

14 April 2016

51pTf3DO6lLThe Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund (translated Neil Smith) (from Harvill Secker)

Originally published as a trilogy this is a ‘merged’ version of the trilogy (the Victoria Bergman trilogy) of which the first book was also called The Crow Girl. This does mean that the English language version is a hefty 760+ pages.

It starts with just one body – tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted. This is the darkest, most complex case the police have ever seen. This is the world of the Crow Girl.

The book (as a trilogy) received a ‘Special Award’ from the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2012.

Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundqvist. Previously, Håkan has worked as a sound engineer, musician and artist, and Jerker as the producer of Håkan’s electro punk band iloveyoubaby! and a prison librarian. The two are now full-time writers, but also run an art gallery together.

You can read an extract of The Crow Girl on The Dead Good Books website.

20 April 2016

511etd0MZ-LAbigaile Hall by Lauren A Forry (from Black and White)

On a foggy evening in 1947, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca are banished by their aunt and sent to work at an isolated Welsh mansion. But there are rumours of missing maidservants and a ghost that stalks the deserted halls… Wandering through the mansion’s dusty rooms, Eliza finds blood-spattered books, crumpled photographs and portraits of a mysterious woman clues to a terrible past that might just become Eliza’s future.

As Eliza unravels a mystery that has endured for decades, Rebecca falls under the spell of cruel housekeeper Mrs Pollard, who will stop at nothing to keep the house’s secrets. But can the sisters uncover the truth and escape back to London before they meet a dreadful fate?

Lauren A. Forry was brought up in the woods of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA where her FBI agent father and book-loving mother raised her on a diet of The X-Files and RL Stine. After earning her BA in Cinema Studies from New York University, she moved to London where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. There she was awarded the Faber and Faber Creative Writing MA Prize for her dissertation, which would become her debut novel, Abigale Hall. Her short stories have since appeared in multiple sci-fi and horror anthologies. She currently resides in the woods.

21 April 2016

5169Y6ORzmL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The Body on the Doorstep by A.J. MacKenzie (from Zaffre)

This is the first in the Romney Marsh Mystery series, set in the late 1700s.

Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep – and lucky to avoid a bullet himself – Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim’s cryptic last words. With smuggling rife on England’s south-east coast, the obvious conclusion is that this was a falling out among thieves. But why is the leader of the local Customs service so reluctant to investigate? Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself. But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast, and the more he discovers, the more he realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

A.J. MacKenzie is the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, a collaborative Anglo-Canadian husband-and-wife duo. Between them they have written more than twenty non-fiction and academic titles, with specialisms including management, medieval economic history and medieval warfare.

You can follow the duo on Twitter @AJMacKnovels


 

For previous ‘debuts’ posts see JanuaryFebruary and March.

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