This year promises to be an excellent one for crime fiction and thrillers, with a mixture of familiar faces and new names in our publishing schedule. The tenth novel in the DCI Daley series by Denzil Meyrick brings huge excitement, Phil Miller takes us into the cutthroat world of fine art, and we have much awaited new instalments in successful series by Douglas Skelton, Morgan Cry, and Robert J. Harris. With this wide list of gripping crime novels, you will be transported to the Balkan mountains, the azure Spanish sea, and many places in between.
- The Death of Remembrance, a D.C.I. Daley Novel, Denzil Meyrick (June)
It’s 1983, and a beat constable walks away from a bar where he knows a crime is about to be committed. In the present, a stranger with a mission moves into a shabby Kinloch flat. Jim Daley has his own problems. Brian Scott’s return to the bottle has seen him suspended from the force and a replacement sent from the Central Belt, and when an old fisherman is found dead on the shingle beach near the town, Kinloch must face further tragedy. A past that all hoped long gone has risen again and its ghosts can still wreak a terrible revenge. This is the tenth instalment in the global bestselling D.C.I. Daley series, and marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of the first book. The series is currently being adapted for screen and will star Game of Thrones’ Rory McCann as Jim Daley.
- Where Demons Hide, A Rebecca Connolly Thriller, Douglas Skelton (July)
Something scared Nuala Flaherty to death. When her body is found in the centre of a pentagram on a lonely moor, Rebecca Connolly is determined to find out what. The investigation leads her to a mysterious cult and local drug dealings. But what she doesn’t know is that crime matriarch Mo Burke still has her in her crosshairs. Mo wants payback for the death of her son, and after one failed attempt to hurt Rebecca, she is upping the ante. This time, it could be lethal. Where Demons Hide is the fourth book in the critically acclaimed Rebecca Connolly thriller series from Douglas Skelton.
- Six Wounds, Morgan Cry (May)
To make the perfect Spanish whodunnit cocktail, take one dead gangster, mix in six shifty expats, add one ruthless baddie and garnish with a suspicious police officer . . . Daniella Coulstoun has recently moved to the Costa Blanca. Things are going well until a brawl in her pub results in a dead body being discovered in the cellar. Unfortunately, the body belongs to a prominent London gangster, and Daniella is in the frame for his murder. Six Wounds is the second book in Morgan Cry’s sunsoaked crime thriller series set in Spain’s Costa Blanca, following the critically acclaimed Thirty-One Bones.
- The Bone Road, N.E Solomons (July)
On a mountain road in the Balkans, former Olympic cyclist Heather Bishop and her journalist boyfriend Richard race each other for fun. But when Richard disappears around a bend in the road, Heather cycles after him only to find that Richard has disappeared. Her increasingly desperate search for him leads Heather into Richard’s dark past and that of the Balkans itself. The Bone Road lifts the curtain on the Balkans and explores not only conflicted characters whose pasts catch up with them, but also how intergenerational trauma can be passed down not just through families but entire communities. The Bone Road is a fresh and suspenseful crime novel that will appeal to fans of Nordic crime and smart, atmospheric thrillers.
- The Goldenacre, Philip Miller (June)
The Goldenacre – a masterpiece by the painter and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh – has been given to the people of Scotland. The beautiful canvas, the last work by the artistic genius, enthrals the art world, but behind it lies a dark and violent mystery. Thomas Tallis, an art expert with a troubled past, is trying to uncover the truth about the painting’s complex history, while dogged newspaper reporter Shona Sandison is investigating a series of shocking murders in Edinburgh. Both investigators soon become engulfed in the machinations of money, crime and identity amid the seen and unseen forces at work in modern Scotland.
- The Devil’s Blaze: Sherlock Holmes, 1943, Robert J. Harris (September)
Across the city prominent figures in science and the military are bursting into flame and being incinerated. Convinced that the Germans have deployed a new terror weapon, a desperate government turns to the one man who can track down the source of this dreadful menace – Sherlock Holmes. The quest for a solution drives Holmes into an uneasy alliance with the country’s most brilliant scientific genius, Professor James Moriarty. The Devil’s Blaze is the follow-up to critically acclaimed A Study in Crimson, and a tribute to the classic Universal Pictures Sherlock Holmes film series starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
- A Tale from Kinloch, Denzil Meyrick (November)
A brand new short novel from Denzil Meyrick, author of the global bestselling DCI Daley detective series. This is the third tale from Kinloch, a series of nostalgic, humorous stories for fans of classic Scottish fiction like Neil Munro’s Para Handy, following on from the success of A Large Measure of Snow and A Toast to the Old Stones.
- Terms of Restitution, Denzil Meyrick (paperback, March)
Gangland boss Zander Finn disappeared after the brutal murder of his son. He fled to London, seeking salvation by walking away from his money, his career and his legacy. But when his old second-in-command Malky Maloney tracks him down, Finn knows he must return. Both his real family and his crime family face an existential threat from Albanian mobsters hellbent on taking control of the Scottish underworld and the forces of law and order determined to inflict their own retribution. Finn’s fight for survival is a rollercoaster ride of brutality, misplaced loyalties and the utterly unexpected. The road to redemption is perilous – and paved with blood. This much-lauded gangster thriller by bestselling author Denzil Meyrick is coming in paperback in March.
- A Study in Crimson, Robert J. Harris (paperback, February)
LONDON, 1942. A killer going by the name of ‘Crimson Jack’ is stalking the wartime streets of London, murdering women on the exact dates of the infamous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888. Has the Ripper somehow returned from the grave? Is the self-styled Crimson Jack a descendant of the original Jack or merely a madman obsessed with those notorious killings? In desperation Scotland Yard turn to Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective. Surely he is the one man who can sift fact from legend and track down Crimson Jack before he completes his tally of death. As Holmes and the faithful Watson tread the blacked out streets of London, death waits just around the corner. This is the paperback edition of A Study in Crimson from the acclaimed author of The Thirty-One Kings, Castle Macnab and the Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries.
- Rizzio, Denise Mina (paperback, February)
It’s Saturday evening, 9 March 1566, and Mary, Queen of Scots, is six months pregnant. She’s hosting a supper party, secure in her private chambers. She doesn’t know that her Palace is surrounded – that, right now, an army of men is creeping upstairs to her chamber. They’re coming to murder David Rizzio, her friend and secretary, the handsome Italian man who is smiling across the table at her. Mary’s husband, Lord Darnley, wants it done in front of her and he wants her to watch it done. Denise Mina brilliantly portrays the sexual dynamics and politics of power – between men and women, monarch and subjects, master and servants. The period is masterfully researched yet lightly drawn, the characterisation quick, subtle and utterly convincing. This breathtakingly tense work is a tale of sex, secrets and lies, one that explores the lengths that men – and women – will go to in the search for love and power. Rizzio, chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of their best books in 2021, is out in paperback in February.
More information about all these titles can be found in our Polygon New Titles Catalogue.