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Desert Island Crime with Caroline England

Desert Island Crime

This week we caught up with Caroline England, author of Betray Her, to get her top crime books for Desert Island Crime


Over to you Caroline . . .


I have been set an unenviable task, so I might have to cheat a little. But hey, this is crime, so that’s allowed, right?


All these fabulous protagonists are on my book shelves. It would be impossible to choose the best book from each series, so I’ll go for a lucky dip from the following…


Ian Rankin’s John Rebus books


Dark and brooding stories set on the streets of Edinburgh. A brilliant combination of engrossing drama mixed with humour – and music!


Val McDermid’s Dr Tony Hill books


Very dark, graphic and chilling stories. What’s not to love about the socially insecure, impotent and intelligent clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill?


Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander books


Complicated, chunky Swedish tomes with a feisty, fearless, tattooed, pierced female hacker genius. And as for the revenge she exacts…


Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole books


Hole is a troubled and driven detective with unorthodox methods, a loose cannon in the police force. But can he possibly get any more injuries and scars?


Patricia Highsmith’s Thomas Ripley books.


Tom is undoubtedly a villain: he’s a career criminal, a con artist, a serial killer and psychopath… yet still the reader roots for him.


Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books


Jackson’s tough-guy – and attractive – exterior belies a deeply empathetic heart. And he’s originally from Yorkshire, so that’s a plus.


Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford books


My love of crime fiction started here – I devoured all the books as a teenager –  so I have to give the avuncular Reg a mention.


PD James’s Adam Dalgliesh books


Literary crime with Adam Dalgliesh at the helm. He’s a tall, dark and handsome example of a gentleman detective. And a poet to boot.



Caroline’s new book Betray Her is now available in eBook and Paperback. Find out more below: