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5 Gripping crime novels: What to read on holiday

Sussex-based best selling author, Helen Fields, shares her must-read titles to enjoy on the beach or by the pool.

With 11 crime novels under her belt and a previous career as a barrister working for both the defence and the prosecution, Helen Fields, knows a thing or two about what makes a compelling whodunnit. While her bestselling books are set in Scotland, it’s not hard to see how her home in Arundel, West Sussex, has subtly inspired her writing. Muddy tried to ask Helen for her fave fiction finds, but as the trend for crime stories shows no sign of stopping she was keen to share the best in this genre. 

The Dry by Jane Harper 

“Brilliantly atmospheric with the best sense of place I’ve read in any novel, and a feeling of being suspended in the book as you read (you’ll need a cold drink handy.)”

The House of Ashes by Stuart Neville 

“This intensely creepy novel contains a little of the supernatural and a lot of genuinely uncomfortable chapters where you live through the history of the former inhabitants of this unhappy house.”

The Nurse by Claire Allan 

“Timely, touching on a lot of relevant modern themes like stalking and toxic masculinity, I read this in one sitting, it’s that gripping.”

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward 

“A clever, fascinating book with great characters and a storyline you’ll engage with completely until the last brilliant and tragic page.”

The Guilty Couple by C. L.Taylor 

The hook of this book, your husband framing you for murder, had me before I’d even opened the cover, and it’s a really fast, furious read.”

The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields 

“Call me biased but I do love a bit of Scottish crime, and if you throw in an island, a mystery and an investigator who just won’t quit, that’s my perfect book.”

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