Round-Up: New & Notable Crime Fiction August 2021

Article | Jul 2021


A round-up of some of the best crime thriller fiction out this month.

The last Guests


THE LAST GUESTS J P Pomare • Hachette

We’re sure gr readers will be chomping at the bit to read the latest J P Pomare, The Last Guests. Lina and Cain are doing it tough financially. They decide to put Lina’s inherited Lake House up for rent and allow strangers to stay the night. This may not have been the best idea. Someone is watching their every move.



A narrow Door

Joanne Harris • Orion

Joanne Harris is a writer who can write successfully in any genre. A Narrow Door proves it yet again with this gripping whodunnit. It is part of a trio of books set in schools but can be read as a stand-alone too. Rebecca Buckfast is making history. She is the first woman to be headmistress at St Oswald’s Grammar school in its 500 years. As the old makes way for the new, the remains of a body are discovered and Rebecca is engulfed into a web of deception.


Rabbit Hole


RABBIT HOLE Mark Billingham • Little, Brown

Mark Billingham never fails to please crime readers with each new book. He is best known for his ‘Tom Thorne’ series, but Rabbit Hole is a stand-alone novel. DC Alice Armitage is investigating a murder in a psychiatric ward. Could the killer be a patient? A member of staff? She has access to insider knowledge, but Alice is also a patient.



The Cellist


THE CELLIST Daniel Silva • HarperCollins

The Cellist is Daniel Silva’s next book in his ‘Gabriel Allon’ series. A Russian living in high security exile in London is assassinated. The police believe they have their man, but art restorer and legendary spy, Gabriel Allon, is not convinced. Then he uncovers a violent plot that if it succeeds will throw the US into chaos.



Unholy murder


UNHOLY MURDER Lynda La Plante • Bonnier

Author and screenwriter, Lynda La Plante is best known for her ‘Jane Tennison’ book series. The latest in this series is Unholy Murder, which is released this month. When builders dig up a coffin on the grounds of a historic convent it is dismissed as an old cold case. But when Detective Tennison discovers scratch marks on the inside of the coffin lid and the church appears to conceal facts, she suspects there is a much darker truth than she first thought.




1979 Val McDermid • Sphere

1979 is the first book in a new series by the Britain’s Queen of Crime, Val McDermid. Allie Burns is a journalist who is desperate to escape writing ‘women’s stories’ so she teams up with wannabe investigative journalist Danny Sullivan. Their stories began to touch nerves and when Danny is found dead in his flat, Allie’s job turns frighteningly personal.

Author: J.P. Pomare

Category: Thriller / suspense

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781869718213

RRP: $22.99

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