Our fiction buyer has some stellar suggestions for new mysteries:
The biggest selling fiction genre worldwide would have to be Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. It’s one of the biggest movers in libraries as well. Airport bookshops – and the amount published – may make a mystery reader feel overwhelmed with choice.One of the things you can do is take a punt on a new author and there are a fair few as publishers salivate at the thought they may be signing up a new Gillian Flynn. Here are five interesting debuts:
Liar’s chair Rebecca Whitney.
She’s English, educated at Nottingham and from the creative writing course at Sussex University. Her book is in the Gone girl genre of domestic disharmony that turns nasty when an accident is covered up and a marriage turns toxic.
Wolf winter Cecilia Ekback.
Swedish born author now living in Canada, her novel is set in 18th century Lapland where a community covers up murder as a wolf attack and the daughter of a newly settled family is determined to uncover the truth.
The girl on the pier Paul Tomkins.
English writer’s story about a forensic sculptor who can’t forget a girl he met on the Brighton Pier in the 1990s and linking her disappearance to a crime in the 1970s.
The serpent papers Jessica Cornwell
The author has a pedigree: granddaughter of John Le Carre. Her novel fits into the Dan Brown marker as it’s about some gruesome murders that link up down the ages to a world of witchcraft and alchemy with links to biblical times.
Unbecoming Rebecca Scherm.
A Michigan author whose novel is about a young woman involved in an art heist with her husband and another man. They are arrested and go to prison and she escapes but the deception starts to unravel. Early reports suggest her novel is in the Patricia Highsmith tradition.