With travel becoming a part of our lives again, I have been turning to my favourite aeroplane reading – crime novels. I have recently loved discovering the DCI Craig Gillard series by author Nick Louth. They are set in the south of England. The first book in the series is The Body in the Marsh (2017), followed by The Body on the Shore, The Body in the Mist, The Body in the Snow and another five novels, with more promised. They would make terrific TV, are cleverly plotted, atmospheric and have strong characters.
I have also really enjoyed two books in a new crime series set in Scotland by Neil Lancaster (who served for over 25 years in the Metropolitan Police), featuring DS Max Craigie. The series begins with Dead Man’s Grave (2021), which was very gripping, and is followed by The Blood Tide (2022) with a third one promised soon.
I don’t know why a good murder seems to be exactly the right thing for whiling away time in airports and on flights, but it distracts me enough to (mostly) forget the discomfort, and to make the hours pass more quickly. I know many of you are also crime aficianados, so hope you will give these two recent authors a try. I do prefer my crime to be British in setting, and these two writers fitted the bill exactly!
Will you give these authors a try? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment.