Crime Fiction

This blog is the work of members of Oundle Library's Crime Fiction Book Group. Here you'll find reviews of books and authors we've enjoyed, as well as chat and opinions about related subjects. If you enjoy crime fiction and are looking for new authors to try you can use this blog to expand your reading list. To contact us click here.


The Thirty-Nine Steps


The Thirty-Nine Steps is sometimes referred to as the 'original thriller'. And it's only one of many wonderful books written by John Buchan. ...more

Eric Ambler


Eric Ambler wrote fast-paced spy stories, which were both exciting and realistic. He was an author that others aspired to be like and he’s still respected today. ...more

March Part 2


This is the second part of our March reviews and covers authors H-Z … well, H-V actually! ...more

March A-G


March was another Alphabet Soup, where we each picked a letter of the alphabet to guide our reading choices. ...more

A.J. Finn


The debut novel The Woman In The Window won critical acclaim... and we can see why! ...more

Sisters in peril


The Second Sister is the second book by Claire Kendal, an American-born author who has lived all her life in England. ...more

Cormoran Strike


She’s probably the world’s most successful children’s author, so J.K. Rowling’s writing talent isn’t in question. But how does her gift for storytelling transfer to adult crime fiction? ...more

February 3-Stars


At our February meeting we discussed some books that ranked in the middle or bottom of our approval scale… ...more

February's Recommendations


The letter ‘L’ drove our reading choices in February and we’ve found a good selection of authors to recommend. ...more

The Prey Novels


John Sandford published the first of his Prey series in 1989 but his hero, Lucas Davenport, is still interesting; and the plots are as fresh and gripping as ever… ...more

The Irregular


“As a boy he spied for Sherlock Holmes. As a man he must save the Empire.” This debut novel by H.B. Lyle is an intriguing blend of fact and fiction, and well worth reading. ...more

Backwards or Forwards?


David Baldacci is a master at filling in the backstory when it’s needed… and not before. And that’s important if you discover a new author and join a series that’s been running a while. ...more

January Part 2


At our first meeting of 2019 we discussed Ian Rankin (see Part 1), but we also chatted about the other books we'd read and enjoyed recently ... ...more

Ian Rankin


Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin has been writing stories about the maverick detective, John Rebus, for more than 20 years. ...more

Exit Music by Ian Rankin


Eleven years after it was first published, Ian Rankin's book Exit Music is still relevant and a compelling read. ...more

Mixing of genres


Tom Sweterlitsch is a writer who combines the genres of crime fiction and sci-fi in a very compelling way… ...more

What makes a Thriller?


From Tom Clancy to Vince Flynn and Daniel Silva, some of the best thrillers operate on the world stage. ...more

All That Remains


If you’re a fan of crime fiction but sometimes wonder whether the information in a novel about forensics or post-mortems can really be right, this is a book you should read. ...more

November Part 2


In Part 1 we reported on our best and worst ranked reads from November. Part 2 is about the other books we read and recommend – the filling in the sandwich! ...more

November Part 1


In November 2018 we decided to read at least one book that didn’t feature a detective. It proved to be a tougher challenge than we’d thought... ...more

To read or hear?


Just this week there’s been another announcement that audiobooks are the biggest growth area of publishing, and that they're now so popular that some new books are only published in an audio format. What does this mean for library-users? ...more

Contemplating a Classic


“How did the mushroom expert come to poison himself with deadly fungi? The documents in the case seem to be simple love notes and letters home, yet they conceal a clue to the murderer who baffled the best minds in London”. ...more

Author Lee Child on John D MacDonald


In a 2016 BBC Radio 4 programme, Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series recommends the Travis McGee series written by John D MacDonald... ...more

Alphabet Soup


We called our reading theme for October ‘Alphabet Soup’. We each drew a letter of the alphabet and read something with a connection to that letter… ...more

Fantastic Fiction


Have you ever wanted to know when your favourite author will be bringing out a new book? ...more