I’m pleased to say that all of the books I was most looking forward to this year were all fantastic reads so I’m hoping that the books I’m most looking forward to in 2018 are just as good!

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

The latest Ruth Galloway book by Elly Griffiths was on my wish list last year and I am pleased that the next installment is imminent. Ruth has become one of my favourite fictional characters and I can’t wait to see what Italy has in store for her!

Published on 8th February 2018 by Quercus

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He’s discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn’t know what to make of them. It’s years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

So Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock – the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect

 

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste

There has been a lot of buzz around this book and as a huge fan of Luca Veste’s previous novels, this one is definitely well-anticipated. I’m hoping I’ll love the characters as much as Murphy and Rossi!

Published on 8th March 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK

What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?

He’ll slice your flesh. 
Your bones he’ll keep.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone.

The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.

 

Don’t Make a Sound by David Jackson

Like the Luca Veste book, another crime tale set in Liverpool. This is the third in the Nathan Cody series, a series that I cannot recommend enough.

Published on 3rd May 2018 by Zaffre 

You can’t choose your family. Or can you? 

Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem. Daisy doesn’t belong to the Bensons. They stole her.

And now they’ve decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .

Murder Mile by Lynda la Plante

I’ve been a fan of Lynda la Plante for many years and am really enjoying the new Tennison series. This latest installment looks like a cracker!

Published on 6th September 2018 by Zaffre

The fourth in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison thrillers, MURDER MILE is set at the height of the ‘Winter of Discontent’. Can Jane Tennison uncover a serial killer?

February, 1979, ‘The Winter of Discontent’. Economic chaos has led to widespread strikes across Britain.

Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham CID, one of London’s toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count: two bodies in as many days.

There are no suspects and the manner of death is different in each case. The only link between the two victims is the location of the bodies, found within a short distance of each other near Rye Lane in Peckham. Three days later another murder occurs in the same area. Press headlines scream that a serial killer is loose on ‘Murder Mile’ and that police incompetence is hampering the investigation.

Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer before they strike again. Working long hours with little sleep, what she uncovers leaves her doubting her own mind.

No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney

I can’t believe that we are already on to the fourth in the Lottie Parker series! I’ve loved the previous three books and I have no doubt that this one will be as good as the rest.

Published on 22nd March 2018 by Bookouture

Her bare feet stuck to the frost as she ran. She wanted to scream out loud, but she knew he’d find her if she made a noise. As she stopped to listen for his heavy footsteps, she wondered if she would ever make it out alive …

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.

Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself?

As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?

I’m also hoping to see new genealogical mystery books from Steve Robinson and Nathan Dylan Goodwin and have my fingers crossed for something by Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. New books by Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Mark Roberts wouldn’t go amiss either!

Are you looking forward to any of these?