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The Crime Vault Unlocked: Books on TV

We’ve picked a handful of our favourite TV shows that are based on books by some of our fabulous authors!


If you’ve seen the programme why not read the book that inspired it all, or likewise if you loved the book, see it brought to life on your television screen.



  1. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

The compelling standalone psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM.




Now streaming on BBC iPlayer 

Order the book here: https://amzn.to/3eKtaxE



The Cormoron Strike series by Robert Galbraith









Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series is classic contemporary crime fiction from a master story-teller, rich in plot, characterisation and detail.  Galbraith’s debut into crime fiction garnered acclaim amongst critics and crime fans alike.  The first four novels The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), Career of Evil (2015) and Lethal White (2018) all topped the national and international bestseller lists.  The first three books in the Strike series have been adapted for television.


If you loved the TV click on the links below to get yourself a copy of the books:


The Cuckoo’s Calling


The Silkworm


Career of Evil 



And if you want more Strike in your life order the latest books here:

Lethal White


Pre-order Troubled Blood here: https://amzn.to/3eMUL19



Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


‘To say I love this book is an understatement . . . It moved me to tears’ Reese Witherspoon

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost . . .


Read the book by ordering a copy here: https://amzn.to/30whqtr




Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton



The brand new Agatha Raisin mystery from multimillion-selling author M. C. Beaton, the Queen of Cosy Crime, about an eccentric Cotswolds-based detective with an erratic love life and a penchant for G and Ts . . .


You can catch Agatha Raisin on Sky One and Acorn TV, series 3 was released earlier this year.


And if you can’t get enough of Agatha then why not pre-order her latest adventure Agatha Raisin: Hot to Trot coming later this year: https://amzn.to/32CN0bs











Penance by Kate O’Roidan




The lives of Rosalie Douglas and her teenage daughter, Maddie, are changed forever when they meet Jed, a beautiful, charismatic young man at Bereavement Counselling. Inexplicably and self-destructively, Maddie holds herself accountable for her brother’s drowning accident in Thailand.


Jed moves into their lives and their home, calming the tensions between mother and daughter. Lover and confidante to a besotted Maddie, gentle surrogate son to a grateful Rosalie – on the surface their lives are transformed. But underneath a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape . . .


Rosalie commits an unspeakable act which forces her to unravel the truth behind the beautiful stranger in their midst. The truth behind the death of her son. And the true extent of just how far she’s prepared to go – to save what remains of her family.



Read Penance here: https://amzn.to/3g0sMfX




The Vault Throwbacks



Wire in the Blood


This ITV series featured our beloved Tony Hill and Carol Jordan who were brought to life by Robson Green and Hermione Norris, and is based on the bestselling series of books by Val McDermid.


You can b uy How the Dead Speak, the latest in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, here: https://amzn.to/2OLYUrz


Or why not dip in to Val’s Karen Pirie series by pre-ordering Still Life now: https://amzn.to/3eOPvKv




Thorne series


Thorne was a staple viewing on Sky One, featuring one of our favourite ever detectives, DI Tom Thorne! Created by the fabulous Mark Billingham and brought to life on our screen by David Morrissey, DI Tom Thorne made his debut in Sleepy Head – which you can get here: https://amzn.to/2OIOMjf


This year Mark Billingham’s brand new novel Cry Baby, the prequel to Sleep Head publishes so you can get even more Thorne!

Order here: https://amzn.to/3fO2DRp






















Broadchurch brought the crime loving nation together when it took prim time spot on ITV starring Olivia Coleman and David Tennant.

To accompany the fabulous series we have the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel, inspired by the first season. Featuring never-before-seen material and plunging you into the mindset of the characters, this is a must-read if you love Broadchurch, or if you love devilishly good crime