Killer Reads summer reading

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The weather in London has been pretty incredible lately, and there’s nothing nicer to do on a sunny day than find a nice park and settle down to read. We asked some of the Killer Reads team what they were looking forward to reading this summer and this is what they chose…

A Foreign CountrySarah Hodgson

‘This summer I’ll mostly be reading the works of Julia Donaldson and Judith Kerr to my 3-year-old over and over again. As a result of which I’m woefully behind on my own reading, and the pile on my bedside table is seriously in danger of toppling over.

But I’m hoping to finally get around to A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming, which all my most trusted recommenders say is a brilliant and compelling spy novel, and Dominion by C J Samson, which looks like a fascinating imagining of Britain under Nazi rule.

On the work front, I’m lucky enough to already be reading the new Stuart MacBride, A Song for the Dying, out in Jan 2014, and can exclusively reveal that it’s an utterly engrossing read – by turns thrilling and heartbreaking.’


The Keeper

Kate Stephenson

‘This summer I’m looking forward to…

The Keeper, by Luke Delaney – the second in the DI Sean Corrigan series is exactly what you need for a holiday read – fast paced and gripping, you will race through with your heart in your throat, desperate to find out if Corrigan will get his man in time. Such a brilliant new series from an author who really has the credentials to back up his books.

Tigers in Red Weather, by Liza Klaussmann – Set against a backdrop of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz at an old mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, I want to read this book lying in the sun with an ice cold glass of gin & tonic to hand. It sounds like an intoxicating mix of lies, secrets, sex, passion, with a nod to Fitzgerald and Donna Tartt – can’t wait!

Bed of Nails, by Antonin Varenne – I went to this author’s panel at CrimeFest and was intrigued. Translated from the original French, and set in Paris (but not a Paris that tourists will recognise), this book introduces honest copper Richard Guérin, who is given the thankless and soul-destroying job of being in charge of suicides. Possibly a tad bleak for a summer read, but I can cheer myself up with cocktails as required.

The Jackal’s Share, by Chris Morgan Jones – spy fiction fix. I loved this author’s debut, An Agent of Deceit – his protagonist Ben Webster is a brilliant character, intelligent and complex, with his own moral code – so I’m looking forward to seeing where Webster’s next project takes him.’


On the ScentKatie Sadler

‘I’m planning a week away in England this summer, so I can’t wait to relax in the countryside and read loads! The three books I can’t wait to get started on are…

The Keeper – it’s another vote for The Keeper from me. I absolutely loved Cold Killing (even though it genuinely gave me at least one nightmare) and I’ve heard The Keeper is even better. I have a proof copy on my desk – I can’t wait to get stuck in!

I also have Room by Emma Donoghue on my shelves waiting to be read. I’ve had it for such a long time now, and I think I’ve been putting it off because I’m quite claustrophobic and think this book is going to really scare the pants off me. But I’ve heard so many good things about it, I think this summer might be when I finally get down to read it!

On the complete other side of crime writing, I’m reading something at the minute which I definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for something really fun to read. On the Scent is a really fun caper/romance set in the US starring two pets that have inherited ten million dollars. It’s really fun – perfect light reading for a summer’s day.’


Helen Bolton

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood: Ok, so technically this is last summer’s reading, but a huge pile of submissions means I haven’t yet been able to read this brilliant book. Just one look at the strapline, and I knew it was going straight to the top of my to-read pile. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about it and I can’t wait to read it myself at long last.


What are you planning to read this summer? Tell us your summer reading wishlist by 1st August and we’ll pick one lucky winner to receive three great thrillers to take away with you later on this summer.

24 thoughts on “Killer Reads summer reading

  1. I want to read Yellow Birds this summer, it looks really good and has received excellent reviews. Can’t wait.

  2. So looking forward to catching up with Meg Gardiner’s “The Shadow Tracer” as well as “The Kill Room”

  3. Looking forward to – Never Forget by Lisa Cutts
    After the compelling debut of A Piece of Passion, DC Nina Foster leaps off the page as a real characterisation as only a serving PC like Lisa could visualise. Her dialogue is crisp and realistic and shows great promise.

  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Close to the Bone Stuart MacBride
    Life after Life Kate Atkinson
    Dodger terry Pratchett

  5. There is such a selection of killer reads this summer that it will be hard to choose but first on the list will be new Stephen King if not too outdated…. seems an age since Carrie and similar hit the shelves but then a writer remains a writer until he/she can no longer iweld a pen or spark their imaginative flair; enjoyed Foreign Country but it reminded me too much of Smiley and similar MI5 novels. Quite like Charles Cumming so waiting for his next one. Lars Keppler? Will he be another Wallander or The Forgotten kind of writer. Whatever my choice I know by the quality of suggestions in book reviews in the Weekend papers that I will be making authentic choices from now till September. Pity we lost Iain Banks recently… Quite enjoyed the Shetland saga that got a short screening. Hoping for another Hannibal kind but not that which passes for a prequal on Sky…. it was chopped in the US and good that it was Red Dragon was far more compelling. Watching for the latest Tesco Crime reads most weeks… Much easier than trawling the net to browse the shelves of a supermarket. Not happy with Waterstones being tken over by a Russian operation. Other parts of Harper Collins are truning out some really good reads which I find out about through Able Books. Have a scary summer people….. I know I Will!!

  6. Early works of John le Carre including The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and The Looking Glass War

  7. Ian Rankin ‘s Saints of the Shadow bible , being a Scot living in London I am transported back to the street of Edinburgh when I read his books and they assuage my feelings of being homesick

  8. The Series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin is going to keep me entertained for some time to come.

  9. Dead Midnight – Beverly Barton
    Blood Dreams – Kay Hooper
    Love Me To Death – Allison Brennan

  10. The new Faye Kellerman sounds as though it will need adding to my list of Summer reads as does the new KZathy Reichs and have finally managed to read the new Jefferey Deaver(The Kill Room) and Stuart Macbride as well as catching up with Christoper Brookmyre but still so many out there waiting to be read

  11. Gone Girl-Gillian Flyn,read very good reviews for this book
    Alex Pierre Lemaitre really like French crime and so does my french partner
    Stay Close-Harlan Coben never read a bad book by this author
    Broken – Karin Slaughter,brilliant author
    The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Sir arthur Conan Doyle, can never beat a classic crime story and I read this author’s books once a year

  12. The Ranger by Ace Atkins
    The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
    Rober B Parker’s Killing The Blues by Michael Hardman

  13. Has to be the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, Never Go Back.
    Have read all the previous Reacher novels, they never fail to impress me.

  14. I am looking forward to reading:

    Close to the Bone – Stuart MacBride
    Unseen – Karin Slaughter
    Waiting for Wednesday – Nicci French

  15. I’m nearly finished reading the excellent Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. A fab read which I highly recommend.

    Haven’t decided what to read next.

  16. I will be reading

    Mark Edwards and Louise Voss – Forward Slash.
    Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls

    And Mo Hayder – Poppet (when I have brought it lol)

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