Murder Room Recommendations: Mother’s Day 2014

As an aid to your Mother’s Day, the Murder Room has assembled some of its experts, authors and reviewers to suggest a few Mother’s Day presents. Because nothing says ‘I love you, Mum!’ like a horrible murder.


The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham




Harry Bingham’s mesmerising and thoroughly likeable hero is back again in The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (don’t worry, Fi’s not really dead!). I can’t recommend this series enough, and regularly thrust books from the series into the hands of friends and family. If you don’t already know our Fiona, start on Talking to the Dead and move swiftly on to Love Story with Murders, both out in paperback. Spending time in Fi Griffiths’ head is a very interesting and entertaining break from ordinary life.

– Angela MacMahon, Senior Publicity Manager, The Murder Room


Rubbernecker  by Belina Bauer




Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker is one of my favourite reads of the year. Its hero is a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome who, while dissecting a corpse as part of his medical studies, thinks he’s uncovered a murder. It’s a clever twist on crime fiction, grisly but not violent and, because of the hero’s condition, full of insight, poignancy and black humour. Simon Lelic’s Rupture  offers an unusual take on a police procedural story, using umpteen different and believable voices to beguiling effect.

– R. S. Pateman, author of The Second Life of Amy Archer


Miss Marple Short Stories by Agatha Christie


Miss Marple Collection Agatha Christie


There’s nothing my mother and I enjoy more than settling down on a Sunday evening to watch a good murder. Nothing gory, mind; we’re both fairly squeamish in our tastes. Ideally it would be something set in a deceptively idyllic-looking rural setting involving a crafty crime-solving pensioner. Miss Marple is the holy grail of Sunday night TV viewing in the Painter household.

Sadly, since I’ve moved from Yorkshire to the big city, Sunday-night Miss Marple sessions have become a thing of the past. While my new flatmates may not be nearly as up for watching an old lady solve murder mysteries for hours on end, I know my mum will appreciate this beautiful collection of Miss Marple Short Stories.

– Sophie Painter, Marketing Executive, Orion Fiction


Southland DVD




Since my mum has already read every crime fiction book that exists (slight exaggeration) I am sending her something more televisual; The Southland DVD boxset. Jo Gledhill’s blog post last year had me persuaded to watch it myself, and I completely fell in love with it. Following LAPD cops as they try to get through each day was riveting, hilarious and immensely touching that it completely took over my head and I’ve been able to talk about little else. Naturally, this is something I want to share with her, not only because she got me into crime fiction in the first place but, because, well, it’s just a great show and everyone should watch it.

– Graeme Williams, Senior Marketing Executive, The Murder Room


The Red Road by Denise Mina




If your mother likes something a little edgier than bath salts and bouquets for Mother’s Day, then there are some great crime reads out there. How about Barbara Vine’s classic, A Dark-Adapted Eye, or why not see how motherhood throws a different light on police work in any of Denise Mina’s brilliant Alex Morrow novels. Or for those who like their truth stranger than fiction, Wendy Moore’s Wedlock tells a chilling real-life tale of a marriage in eighteenth-century England. 

– Genevieve Pegg, Editorial Director, Orion Fiction


The Manchurian Candidate  by Richard Condon (1960)




A stunning, trail-blazing thriller as well as a searing indictment of American politics. It also poses the question: how far do you trust your mother? Filmed twice, but ignore the remake and go for the original John Frankenheimer movie (1962) with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and an Oscar-winning performance from Dame Angela Lansbury as the mother from hell. On second thoughts, perhaps not the best Mother’s Day present . . .

– Mike Ripley, crime writer and critic, whose latest novel Mr Campion’s Farewell is out this month.


Sherlock Holmes Kindle cover from Waterstones




My mother does read crime fiction, but her taste is rather different than mine.  While I tend more towards the noir, blood and gore, my mother on the other hand is the polar opposite. Her tastes are a lot more genteel and cerebral. She enjoys such authors as Lindsey Davis, Janet Evanovich, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and Dorothy L. Sayers, to name a few. She is pretty fond of the classics. We are talking about the person who put the first mystery novel into my hands. So what would be my ideal crime-y Mother’s Day present for her? As my mother has a Kindle, an ideal present would be Sherlock Holmes Cover for her Kindle. My mother has always liked Sherlock Holmes, and I would think that this would make an ideal present.

– Ayo Onatade, Special Crime Reporter, Shots Magazine

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