Crime fiction reviewed by Andrew Taylor

18 May 2013 9:00 am

An epigraph taken from Goebbels’s only published novel certainly makes a book stand out from the crowd. A Man Without…

Recent crime fiction

23 July 2011 12:00 am

John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series constantly surprises.

Recent crime fiction

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Henning Mankell bestrides the landscape of Scandavian crime fiction like a despondent colossus.

Mean streets

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The best recent crime thrillers have an urban setting, according to Andrew Taylor

Troubled waters

29 September 2010 12:00 am

This is the fifth in C. J. Sansom’s engrossing series of Tudor crime novels.


Innocents abroad

18 September 2010 12:00 am

In John le Carré’s fiction, personal morality collides messily with the grimly cynical expediencies of global politics.


Dark Satanic thrills

4 September 2010 12:00 am

If you have not yet gone on holiday, do pack The Anatomy of Ghosts. It is excellent airport reading; and this is no trivial recommendation.


Fearful symmetry

21 August 2010 12:00 am

Kate Atkinson’s latest novel is the fourth in her series about Jackson Brodie, the ex-soldier, ex-police officer and ex-husband who now works in a desultory way as a private investigator.

A choice of first novels

7 August 2010 12:00 am

Write what you know. Isn’t that what aspiring novelists are told?


Good at bad guys

7 August 2010 12:00 am

Thriller writers, like wolves and old Etonians, hunt in packs.


In and out of every dive

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Robert Coover’s Noir is a graphic novel.


Out for blood

16 June 2010 12:00 am

Unless you have spent the last couple of years packed in soil on a boat bound for Whitby, you will have noticed that vampires are back in fashion.


The loss of innocents

16 June 2010 12:00 am

Here are two novels about that most harrowing and haunting of subjects — children who go missing.


Missing link

31 March 2010 12:00 am

In times of anxiety or confusion the most effective palliative is a good detective story. The requirement is that a sense of justice be restored, and, paradoxically, given the fictional events portrayed, a much desired sense of order. The effect is transitory but reliable.


Street eloquence

10 March 2010 12:00 am

The title of Jon McGregor’s third novel derives from an anecdote told by one of the many vivid, dispossessed characters whose voices burst from its pages: Steve is a homeless ex-soldier who agrees to help deliver a lorry-load of aid to a Bosnian town, but is turned back on the grounds that ‘even the dogs’ there are dead.


From gloom to dispair

17 February 2010 12:00 am

In little more than a decade, the cosy world of Anglo-American crime fiction has been transformed by wave after wave of Scandinavian invaders.

Recent crime novels

27 January 2010 12:00 am

Blue Lightning (Macmillan, £16.99) is the fourth novel in Ann Cleeves’ excellent Shetland quartet.

Recent crime novels

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Fever of the Bone (Little, Brown, £18.99) is the sixth novel in Val McDermid’s Jordan and Hill series.

New departures

14 October 2009 12:00 am

For a crime writer, success comes with its dark side.

Good women and bad men

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Just in case you hadn’t guessed after nearly 1,800 pages of the ‘Millennium’ trilogy, the late Stieg Larsson has his alter-ego hero Mikel Blomkvist spell it out.

A dogged foe

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Old detectives rarely die — or age, for that matter: Poirot is forever 60, Sherlock Holmes 50, P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh a handsome 38 or so. 

Fatal attractions

29 April 2009 12:00 am

The Oxford Despoiler, by Gary Dexter
Twisted Wing, by Ruth Newman
Windows on the Moon, by Alan Brownjohn

Recent crime novels

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Ignorance of Blood (Harper Collins, £17.99) is the fourth of Robert Wilson’s novels to feature Inspector Javier Falcon of Seville, and it completes a planned quartet examining some of the demons, old and new, plaguing modern Spain.


Mysteries of Paris

11 March 2009 12:00 am

The Chalk Circle Man, by Fred Vargas, translated

A choice of crime novels

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Andrew Taylor reviews a selection of recent crime novels