Crime Time has once again asked luminaries from the world of crime fiction reviewing for their picks of 2018. The result is a striking and varied list of what has proved to be another vintage year for crime fiction publishing. Choices by Marcel Berlins, Barry Forshaw, Jake Kerridge, Laura Wilson, Maxim Jakubowski, Karen Robinson, Jon Coates and Sarah Ward…

Marcel Berlins, The Times

London Rules

by Mick Herron

Greeks Bearing Gifts

by Philip Kerr


by Laura Lippman

All the Hidden Truths

by Claire Askew


by Steve Cavanagh

Barry Forshaw, Financial Times


by Dominick Donald


by Steve Cavanagh

In A House of Lies

by Ian Rankin

London Rules

by Mick Herron

Dark Sacred Night

by Michael Connelly

Laura Wilson, The Guardian


by Belinda Bauer

Social Creature

by Tara Isabella Burton


by Leila Slimani

The Vogue

by Eoin McNamee


by Dirk Kurbjuweit

Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott

Jon Coates, The Express

(It pains me to leave out Anna Mazzola’s Storykeeper and Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night, but I guess that shows how good a year it’s been!)


by Steve Cavanagh


by Ane Riel

London Rules

by Mick Herron

Smoke and Ashes

Abir Mukherjee 

Only Killers and Thieves

by Paul Howarth

Good Samaritans

by Will Carver

Killer Intent

by Tony Kent

Jake Kerridge, The Daily Telegraph

City Without Stars

by Tim Baker

The Infinite Blacktop

by Sara Gran

A Treachery of Spies

by Manda Scott


by Dirk Kurbjuweit

Good Samaritans

by Will Carver


by Belinda Bauer

Karen Robinson, The Times / Sunday Times Crime Club

When Trouble Sleeps

by Leye Adenle

Cold Breath

by Quentin Bates

All The Hidden Truths

by Claire Askew

Gangster Nation

by Tod Goldberg

Vernon Subutex Two

by Virginie Despentes
Trans. Frank Wynne

Brothers in Blood

by Amer Anwar

Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time

Unholy Land

by Lavie Tidhar

Nightfall Berlin

by Jack Grimwood

A Million Drops

by Victor Del Arbol
Trans. Lisa Dillman


by William Boyle

Our Friends in Berlin

by Anthony Quinn

The Syndicate

by Guy Bolton

Sarah Ward, Crime Pieces

American By Day

by Derek B Miller

Star of the North

by DB John

The Liar's Girl

by Catherine Ryan Howard

The Stranger Diaries

by Elly Griffiths

An Unwanted Guest

by Shari Lapena

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