Reason to rejoice: a bumper crop of British procedurals

March 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm (books, Mystery fiction, The British police procedural)

A goodly number of police procedurals are slated for publication in the next few months, with quite a few coming from some of our favorite writers of crime fiction.

Here’s some of what he can look forward to. (I’ve provided dates for U.S. publication, as near as I can determine them. Also, I have linked to reviews previously posted of other books by these authors.)

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Deborah Crombie: Where Memories Lie (Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid). June 24

Martin Edwards: Waterloo Sunset (Harry Devlin). April 15

Frances Fyfield: Blood from a Stone (This actually looks more like a legal thriller, and I’m not sure if any of Fyfield’s regular series characters make an appearance.) Published in the UK on March 6; I’m still looking for a U.S. pub. date.

Elizabeth George: Careless in Red (Havers and Lynley). May 6

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles: Game Over (Bill Slider – Hurray!!). June 19

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John Harvey: Cold In Hand (Lynn Kellogg and Charlie Resnick – welcome back, Charlie!). April 22

Reginald Hill: A Cure for All Diseases (Dalziel and Pascoe, one of my all-time favorite detecting duos!) October 7

P.D. James: The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, praise be!) To be published in the UK in September, but we should be getting it not too long afterward. Here’s the scoop from the Eurocrime blog.

Ruth Rendell: Not in the Flesh (Yes – it’s a Wexford – O frabjous day!). June 10

Peter Robinson: All the Colors of Darkness (Alan Banks, and it’s a good thing, too – I’m dying to know the latest on his love life!) Coming out in the UK in August and in Canada in September.

Some of the sites that helped me pull this list together are Fantastic Fiction, Stop! You’re Killing Me, Eurocrime, and of course and And I have a friend who forwards choice posts to me from the venerable DorothyL discussion list. Finally, keep in mind that often the most helpful place to go for series information is to the author’s own website. While I’m on that subject, I highly recommend an essay posted on Elizabeth George Online. elisabeth_george.jpg witness.jpg In it, George deals in a forthright and eloquent manner with the traumatic – and traumatizing – event that was central to the plot of the novel With No One As Witness.

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