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.


Elly Griffiths


A bit about the very enjoyable Ruth Galloway series... ...more

The Sea Detective


A brilliant debut novel by Mark Douglas-Home. ...more

History and crime


The Matthew Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. ...more

Edge by Jeffery Deaver


If you’re new to Jeffery Deaver, this would be a good novel to try. It’s hard to put down. ...more

The Girl Before


This is a gripping and creepy novel by J.P. Delaney. ...more

Alice Feeney


Our book group gives Alice Feeney's new book some mixed reviews - from poor to brilliant! ...more

D.B. Thorne


British comedy writer, David Thorne, has embarked on a new career as author of psychological thrillers... and they're excellent. ...more

April Reviews


Read about some of the books we read in April. As usual there was a good mix... ...more

If You Knew Her


I give this brilliant debut novel by Emily Elgar 5-Stars! It's a very subtle look at obsession and it's a book that's stayed with me. ...more

The Murder Bag


Better known as the author of Man and Boy, and as a journalist, this is the first crime novel by Tony Parsons. ...more

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

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

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

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

Ian Rankin


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

Fantastic Fiction


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