British Procedurals

  • British Procedurals

The police procedural is a sub-genre of detective fiction. It emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police as opposed to a private investigator or ama-teur sleuth. Unlike traditional mysteries where the criminal’s identity is concealed until the narrative climax, police procedurals often reveal the perpetrators identity to the reader early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story where the focus is more on how to catch the perpetrator, rather than on figuring out “who done it.” Police procedurals try to accurately depict such police-related topics as forensics, au-topsies, gathering evidence, search war-rants, interrogation, and adherence to legal restrictions and procedure.*


The Religious Body

Catherine Aird

Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan prays he will find a nun’s murderer in this crime novel by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Catherine Aird The day begins like any other for Sister Mary St. Gertrude. When her alarm sounds at 5 a.m., Sister Mary begins rous

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Death in Brittany

Jean-Luc Bannalec

An international bestseller, this captivating whodunit introduces Commissaire Dupin-a clever but cantankerous traditional police inspector in an idyllic French seaside village

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Death of a Gossip

M.C. Beaton

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling the feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Ma

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Black Dog (Cooper and Fry Crime Series, Book 1)

Stephen Booth

Dark, intense and utterly compelling, Black Dog was an extraordinary first novel from a writer who has rapidly become the most promising crime author to emerge in the genre in years.

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Coffin in the Museum of Crime

Gwendoline Butler

Detective John Coffin must find out who killed the man belonging to the severed human head found in an urn on the church steps. Reprint. PW. AB.

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Cut to the Bone

Alex Caan

Ruby Day is a young vlogger, a rising star of YouTube, and a wholesome role-model to millions of teenage girls. And she is missing. Detective Inspector Kate Riley, the head of a new high-powered team of detectives, and Detective Superintendent Zain H

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A Question of Despair

Maureen Carter

Birmingham DI Sarah Quinn contends with a relentless TV reporter in this “crisply written” series debut from the author of the Bev Morriss novels (Library Journal). When a baby is snatched from outside a Birmingham newsagent’s, ‘Ice Queen’

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The Secret of Chimneys

Agatha Christie

Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centrepiece of a murderous international conspiracy. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia.

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Murder In Thrall

Anne Cleeland

Can London’s most elusive killer elude the keen minds of Scotland Yard’s most unlikely pair of detectives? An Irish redhead of humble beginnings and modest means, Kathleen Doyle is the antithesis of Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, t

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Raven Black

Ann Cleeves

A remote community, touched by evil - would you know who to trust?Raven Black is the first book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, SHETLAND.It is a cold January morning and Shetland lie

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A Share in Death

Deborah Crombie

A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time-share is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. One of hi

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Up and Down

Mat Coward

Constable Frank Mitchell is forced to work with manic-depressive Inspector Don Packham when an old man is found pitchforked to death, sending the dynamic duo digging for clues in a garden full of suspects. Reprint.

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Last Bus to Woodstock. Последний автобус на Вудсток. Книга для чтения на английском языке

Колин Декстер

В небольшом городке Вудсток, что находится в нескольких милях от Оксфорда, происходит жестокое убийство молодой девушки. Инспектор Морс

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The Coffin Trail

Martin Edwards

You can never bury the past... Oxford historian and TV personality Daniel Kind and his new lover, Miranda, both want to escape to a new life. On impulse they buy Tarn Cottage in Brackdale, an idyllic valley in the Lake District But though they hope t

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The Merchant's House

Kate Ellis

DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeleton

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Full Dark House

Christopher Fowler

Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department's Peculiar Crimes Uni

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A Great Deliverance

Elizabeth George

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape t

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The Killings at Badger's Drift

Caroline Graham

Badger's Drift is an ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies. But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attr

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The Man with a Load of Mischief

Martha Grimes

Long Piddleton had always been wary of newcomers. But the quiet town was stunned when the first stranger was found dead, upended in a butt of ale in the cellar of the Men with a Load of Mischief. Then the second body appeared, swinging in place of th

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The Monogram Murders

Sophie Hannah, Christie, Agatha

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justic

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Orchestrated Death

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Lonely Hearts

John Harvey

A serial killer terrorizes the young women of Nottingham Shirley Peters was murdered in her own home. A directionless young woman with a fondness for cheap red wine and a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, her death is just another in the fi

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Mo Hayder

Greenwich, south-east London Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dom

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Falling More Slowly

Peter Helton

After being transferred from Southampton to Bristol, DI Liam McLusky must contend with an ex-partner keeping tabs on him as he investigates a string of bombings caused by explosive devices left in everyday objects. By the author of the PI Detective H

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First Frost

James Henry

Non-conformist detective Jack Frost searches for a twelve-year-old girl who went missing from a department store changing room, a case that is complicated by the recent disappearance of Frost's mentor.

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A Clubbable Woman

Reginald Hill

The first book in the “outstanding” British police procedural series—the basis for the long-running BBC series featuring the Yorkshire detective duo (The New York Times). Reginald Hill “raised the classical British mystery to new heights” w

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The Various Haunts of Men

Susan Hill

As the story begins, a lonely woman vanishes while out on her morning run. Then a 22-year-old girl never returns from a walk. An old man disappears too. When fresh-faced policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she runs the risk of getting

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Beneath the Ashes: Shocking. Page-Turning. Crime Thriller with DI Will Jackman

Jane Isaac

DI Will Jackman Series - Amazon Top 5 Bestseller'Carefully executed police procedural, that hits all the targets.' --Angela Clarke, author of Follow Me'I thought I'd never read a book that came close to the realities of crime and

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Working Girl

Graham Ison

A fast-moving, intricate and compelling contemporary mystery, starting with the brutal murder of a prostitute in London's West End, and uncovering a politician with feet of clay, a bent ex-policeman and a baggage handling scam at Heathrow airpor

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The Hope That Kills

Ed James

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack. DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his

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Stick or Twist

Diane Janes

“Janes deftly, suddenly transforms her audience’s understanding of her protagonists several times without making delayed disclosures feel like literary trickery, keeping tension high to the very end” Publishers Weekly Starred Review Wealthy hei

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Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall

In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she's been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of

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Above Suspicion

Lynda La Plante

The first instalment in the bestselling Anna Travis series from the BAFTA-winning writer Lynda La Plante Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case - a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They s

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The Last Detective

Peter Lovesey

Introduction by Louise Penny A woman's body has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the "Lady in the Lake," Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing let

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Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1)

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

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I See You

Clare Mackintosh

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her famil

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A Man Lay Dead

Ngaio Marsh

In a mystery originally published in 1934, Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives at Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party only to discover a real corpse has appeared during the guests' parlor game of "Murder."

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The Hollow Men

Rob Mccarthy

Dr Harry Kent likes to keep busy: juggling hospital duties with his work as a police surgeon for the Metropolitan Police - anything to ward off the memories of his time as an Army medic. Usually the police work means minor injuries and mental health

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Place Of Execution

Val McDermid

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared in Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: 13-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from the isolated Derbyshire hamle

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A Perfect Match

Jill McGown

A young woman is found murdered in a small English town, while the main suspect has spent the night drinking, and denies any involvement. It looks like an easily solved case for Detective Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Judy Hill, but it soon proves mor

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The Dark Winter

David Mark

The New York Times hails David Mark's work as "in the honorable tradition of Joseph Wambaugh and Ed McBain." DARK WINTER is the first book in the internationally acclaimed Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy series. A series of suspicious

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The Murder Man

Tony Parsons

Meet London police detective Max Wolfe. Insomniac. Dog lover. Coffee addict. Boxer. Single parent. And every murderer's worst nightmare. Someone has been violently killing members of London society. The killer is strong enough and smart enough t

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Still Life

Louise Penny

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montr

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The Cater Street Hangman

Anne Perry

In the debut of the New York Times–bestselling Victorian crime series, Inspector Thomas Pitt seeks an elusive strangler among upper-class British society. Panic and fear strike the Ellison household when one of their own falls prey to the Cater Str

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Knots And Crosses

Ian Rankin

The very first Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author. 'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murde

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From Doon with Death

Ruth Rendell

When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found, strang

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Gallows View

Peter Robinson

‘The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong’ Stephen King Gallows View is the first novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. NEW TOWN. NEW CASES. NEW DANG

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Dead Hand of History

Sally Spencer

The first in a new series featuring Charlie Woodend's protege, DCI Monika Paniatowski - It will be no easy task to fill DCI Charlie Woodend's shoes, the newly-promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself, but, given a little time, she thinks s

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Goodbye, Nanny Gray

Susannah Stacey

Superintendent Bone's investigation into the death of Nanny Gray brings to light a number of well-motivated suspects and, most strangely, a neighbor's psychic visions of the murder

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The Man in the Queue

Josephine Tey

The captivating debut of Inspector Grant, one of fiction’s greatest detectives. As a crowd gathers excitedly to wait for a highly anticipated theatre performance, something transpires to put a damper on their evening—murder. A man in the queue is

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A Test of Wills

Charles Todd

“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.” —New York Times Book Review “An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd

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The Blood Detective

Dan Waddell

As dawn breaks over London, the body of a young man is discovered in a windswept Notting Hill churchyard. The killer has left Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster and his team a grisly, cryptic clue... However it’s not until the clue is handed to

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The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

Rachel Verinder mysteriously opposes an investigation of the theft of a sacred Hindu diamond which she inherited from her uncle

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