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Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & Ranked

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best British Mystery books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. An English Murder (2017)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedA country house murder mystery classic, as a party find themselves snowed-in on Christmas Eve with a murderer among them…The snow is thick, the phone line is down, and no one is getting in or out of Warbeck Hall. All is set for a lovely Christmas, with friends and family gathered round the fire, except as the bells chime midnight, a murder is committed. But who is responsible? The scorned young lover? The lord’s passed-over cousin? The social climbing politician’s wife? The Czech history professor? The obsequious butler? And perhaps the real question is: Can they…
Author(s): Cyril Hare

2. PENITENT: a Scottish murder mystery with a devilish twist (Detective Inspector Munro murder mysteries) (2019)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedA woman is found in a swimming pool. A pensioner who disappeared many moons ago turns up out of the blue. A cockeyed boxer has more success outside the ring than in it.What connects these events may or may not be the clue DI Charlie West is looking for to solve the . With her mentor James Munro recovering from heart bypass surgery, she will and those of her trusted team to progress the investigation.But just when West has a and looks set to finally cut the apron strings, Munro returns to the scene – his enforced repose having done little to dent his appetite for the finer and richer things in life – with an .Has West got it right,…
Author(s): Pete Brassett

3. A Study in Stone: A British Cozy Mystery (A Devonshire Mystery) (2019)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedFaced with a mystery, some people walk away, but others are driven to solve it.Dan Corrigan never walked away from a problem in his life, but burnt out by the pressures of corporate troubleshooting, he needs to escape, to disconnect.His hideaway in a quiet rural village should be ideal, but it soon throws up a mystery of its own.An ancient legend, a coded message on a stone slab, and a secret concealed in a country manor house: these are the clues that will take Dan on a journey into the past, delving deeper into a hidden history….
Author(s): Michael Campling

4. A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery) (2016)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedLady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There’s a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation…As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a…
Author(s): T E Kinsey

5. THE LONG DEAD: A gripping British murder mystery with detective John Blizzard (2017)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedWhen an archaeological investigation of an old prisoner of war camp turns up , it should be an open and shut case for DCI John Blizzard.But, on a foggy November morning, his instinct that something is not quite right is confirmed when show that while most of the victims died during a flu epidemic after the Second World War, one of the deaths was far more recent.Who is this man? Why was he killed? As Blizzard and his team investigate, they begin to uncover a cruel crime, and a promise of revenge that goes back generations. Worse, . Can Blizzard piece together the puzzle and let old wounds finally heal?Set in the fictional port of…
Author(s): John Dean

6. Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) (2018)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedMystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder”This is the perfect volume for fans of short, high-quality, fair-play detective fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly”Never had I been given a tougher problem to solve, and never had I been so utterly at my wits’ end for a solution.”A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body.Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the “locked-room” scenario….
Author(s): Martin Edwards

7. Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries) (2017)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedAs a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal…
Author(s): Carole Lawrence

8. Smallbone Deceased: A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (2019)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedMystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder”A first-rate job”―New York Times”A classic of the genre”―GuardianHorniman, Birley and Craine is a highly respected legal firm with clients drawn from the highest in the land. When a deed box in the office is opened to reveal a corpse, the threat of scandal promises to wreak havoc on the firm’s reputation―especially as the murder looks like an inside job. The partners and staff of the firm keep a watchful and suspicious eye on their colleagues, as Inspector Hazlerigg sets out to solve the mystery of who Mr. Smallbone was―and why he had to…
Author(s): Michael Gilbert, Martin Edwards

9. The Christmas Egg: A Seasonal Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (2019)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedIn a gloomy flat off Islington High Street, Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale and Sergeant Beddoes find an old woman dead. The Princess Olga Karukhin, who fled from Russia at the time of the Revolution, has lived in terror of being discovered ever since.Olga’s grandson, Ivan, appears to have run from the scene, but is later seen returning to the flat as though oblivious to the terrible crime. Taking place between 22nd and 24th December, Nightingale’s enquiry takes him across London, culminating in the wrapping of the mystery on Christmas Eve.This never-before-republished novel from 1958 has a noticeably different…
Author(s): Mary Kelly

10. Notting Hill Mystery: A Traditional British Mystery Novel (2017)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & Ranked“Notting Hill Mystery” is a traditional British mystery novel, set in the 19th century Britain. #1,384,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #11170 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books) #11783 in Historical Mystery #29959 in Cozy Mysteries (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charles Felix

11. The Heiress of Linn Hagh (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2015)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedNorthumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

12. Murder & The Heir: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries) (2019)

 Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & RankedViolet Carlyle–along with a slew of relatives–is called to spend the holidays with their aunt, Agatha Davies. The intransigent woman has spent the majority of her life squirreling away money and alienating her family. It’s hardly the first time Vi has spent the holidays with her aunt. She and her twin intend to do what they always do. Enjoy Aunt Aggie’s luxuries while ignoring the histrionics of the family trying to worm their way into the will. Only this time, Aunt Aggie claims someone is trying to kill her. But how can that be true? Before Vi can find the killer,…
Author(s): Beth Byers

Best British Mystery Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920–1961

Author(s): Curt Evans
ID: 2715264, Publisher: McFarland & Co, Year: 2012, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf

City and Shore: The Function of Setting in the British Mystery

Author(s): Gillian Mary Hanson
ID: 820154, Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2004, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

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