Get some killer holiday inspiration

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The summer holiday season is officially upon us! If you’re still debating where to book that last-minute holiday and struggling to think of anywhere exciting to fly to though, why not take some killer inspiration from one of our crime and thriller books?!

Murders, spies, villains (etc) aside, we realised that our novels are set in some pretty stunning locations! So this week the Killer Reads team took to our many book shelves in search of some holiday destination inspiration.

We managed to narrow it down to just 14 (there were MANY more to choose from!) so if you’re in need of holiday ideas – or are just interested to see all the cities in which our books are set – click on the map below.

AND, not only are we acting as excellent travel agents this week, we’re also offering you the chance to win a set of the books featured on the map, to keep you entertained on your travels!

To enter the competition just let us know in the comments below which destination on the map you’d most like to visit, which books you’d take with you – and why…


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1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
2. This promotion is open to all UK residents except employees of HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
3. Answer the question in the comments section below to enter
4. Closing date for entries is 8th September 2014. No entries received after this time will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one allowed per household.
5. The prize is a set of 14 books
6. The prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.
7. No cash or prize alternatives are available.
8. HarperCollins reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
9. The winners of the competition will be drawn at random from all correct entries by HarperCollins and notified by email no later than the 30th September 2014
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26 thoughts on “Get some killer holiday inspiration

  1. Dear Killer Reads team, I would almost certainly pick, quite simply, Antartica! The reason being, not only could I be guaranteed absolute peace to read as happily as an eskimo in a snowstorm, I would also be in the most remote part of our globe and furthest away from the sheer terror that our fragile little reading minds are filled with when reading the books that you continuously offer us. With a bundle of killer reads books, by Stuart McBride or Luca Veste, I would, at least be safe 🙂

  2. I would like to visit the Vatican and take angles and demons with me so I can follow the path of the killer as I read, or paid to do the same with the Da Vinci code.

  3. I’d love to go back to Jamaica. I always take lots of books but Anna Karenina is my alltime favourite.I must have read it 20 times.

  4. Well my ‘to read’ list is now a lot bigger after looking through that list! 😉 I’d be taking trains all over Europe, but I’d leave a book on each train so I could share the Killer Read love! Of course I’d be taking ‘murder on the Orient Express’ as a must! 🙂

  5. I’d like to go to Cairo, although hope it hasn’t slipped down Africa as on your map as would use it as a base to travel down the Nile, reading Death on the Nile as I go.

  6. Sitting under the canopy of huge redwood trees in Muir Woods National Park at San Francisco, with only the gentle hum of insects and the Hitchcock chatter of birds, I would consume every Dean Koontz book he has ever written. Such thrill rides such as ‘Tick Tock’, ‘Whispers,’ Shattered’ & ‘Mr Murder’ deserve a peaceful background to allow you dissolve into after being caught up in the whirlwind of his killer tales.

  7. My ideal place, given the current weather would be California, preferably on it’s a beach to be specific! I have just started reading Tess Gerritsen’s – last to die which turns out to be the last published book of the Rizzoli and Isles novels. So obviously I would love to start reading them from the beginning, and for once, in order, in the sun, on a beach, with a large drink located nearby! 🙂

  8. I’d love to go to Hong Kong, taking my Kindle with me so I can read what I like when I like as it is full of books. Would love to go to Hong Kong as have had a stop over there before but didnt get to see anywhere near enough of the city and it looks like a fabulous city

  9. I would adore going to Sweden to follow in Wallanders footsteps, taking with me the whole series of Henning Mankells books. Travelling to Ystad, Malmo and then across the Ostersund Bridge to Copenhagen to the remaining places mentioned in the books.

  10. I live a number of favourite is Steve Mosby but I love Mo Hayder, Sophie Hannah, Nicci French and S j Watson..I love phsycological thrillers favourite genre

  11. I would love to be on a beach in Mexico reading any Greg Iles books as I’ve just discovered him and am enjoying his books

  12. I’d love to go to Cario, i always take a good Stephen king book from the my extensive collection. my favourite being Doctor Sleep: A Novel, fantastic suspense and story line

  13. I would ask to be chaffeured from Louisiana with True Blood wrapping up I would binge watch before, take in Mississippi with Greg Iles. Find stories to take me all the way to Chicago, where I would have a rest and eat like a king. Before finishing Broken Monsters and rereading The Shining Girls in Detroit. I have thought about some of this already!

  14. I would love to explore Istanbul and I would take My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, The Abyssinian Proof by Jenny White and Belshazzar’s Daughter by Barbara Nadel

  15. Istanbul would be my destination of choice. This is heavily featured in The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and has really made me want to go there. I would therefore definitely take Charles Cummins’ A Colder War, but would also take the latest offerings from Luke Delaney and Mark Billingham along with Police by Jo Nesbo, anything by Karin Slaughter, The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths and Stuart McBride’s A Song For The Dying. Oh, and I would probably want some time to look round Istanbul too!

  16. I like henning Mankell books and i would like to visit new zealand as it is the furthest away place with stunning scenery and the lord of the rings and narnia was filmed there.

  17. I’d like to take a trip by train straight across America, stopping along the way to find out more about the people and places. I’d take an armful of books from one of my bookshelves, that way I’d have a variety of book types and authors to enjoy.

  18. I would like to go to Barcelona, there’s a lot of history, sights, a beach, cafes and bars so lots of things to enjoy but plenty of places to loose myself reading. The reading list is interesting with some authors I haven’t tried but I would go armed with my kindle plus books by Jo Nesbo, Teresa Solana, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Elly Griffith’s and probably loads more! Love my crime books!!!!!!

  19. Probably California (original, eh???), and some of the Lee Child books featuring Jack Reacher. This is the sort of character that if you met him, you would want on your side.

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