Crime Without Borders: Ten international crime thrillers selected by Ann Cleeves

By Forum Books

By Forum Books

A book list by Ann Cleeves because we could all do with vicarious travel as well as a good page-turner.

Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse: Inspector Maigret #58

Georges Simenon

£7.99 £7.43

I could have chosen any of the Maigret books, but this is a classic, set in Paris, and it’s been translated by Ros Schwartz, whom I admire.

Love in Amsterdam: Van der Valk Book 1

Nicolas Freeling

£8.99 £8.36

This was a game-changer of a crime novel, first published in the sixties. It introduced Van Der Valk – very different from any of the TV adaptations – and is an exploration of sexual obsession.

Sidetracked: Kurt Wallander

Henning Mankell

£8.99 £8.36

One of the Kurt Wallander books, this has the most stunningly visual opening scenes, I’ve ever read.

The Dry: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017

Jane Harper

£8.99 £8.36

This depiction of the dry Australian outback is a study of an isolated community under pressure.

Dark Pines: 'The tension is unrelenting, and I can't wait for Tuva's next outing.' - Val McDermid

Will Dean

£8.99 £8.36

Set in Central Sweden, Dark Pines introduces the delightful deaf local journalist Tuva Moodyson.


David Baldacci

£20.00 £18.60

A complete change in mood. American to its core, for lovers of fast-paced thrillers.

Have Mercy on Us All

Fred Vargas

£9.99 £9.29

In contrast, this couldn’t be more European, starting with a contemporary Parisian town crier. It has a special resonance at the moment with references to the Plague. Features the wonderful Commissaire Adamsberg.

The Shape of Water

Andrea Camilleri

£8.99 £8.36

Introducing Salvo Montalbano, this is satirical, political, but still comforting in difficult times with its descriptions of food, wine and sunshine.


Ragnar Jonasson

£8.99 £8.36

Nobody can conjure dark, claustrophobic small communities like Jonasson. This brings to a close the Ari Thor Arason series, set in northern Iceland.

Borkmann's Point

Hakan Nesser

£8.99 £8.36

This novel, featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, was the first Nesser novel I read and it’s still one of my favourites.