Murder Room Xmas Recommendations

With Christmas just around the corner, members of The Murder Room team are looking to their own piles of books they want to give to family and friends (and themselves!). Let’s see what they’ve picked . . .


Kirsty Dunseath, Publishing Director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson Fiction

I’m looking forward to reading S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst – a hugely unusual, inventive and beautifully produced book. It’s about a novel, The Ship of Theseus, by an enigmatic writer who disappeared, but the copy the reader is holding is also ‘annotated’ by two other readers attempting to make sense of the novel, and between the pages are postcards, maps, letters and newspaper clippings that also form part of the overall narrative.




Laura Gerrard, Editor at Orion Fiction

I’ll be singing the praises of Harry Bingham’s Fiona Griffiths series to anyone who will listen, this Christmas. But then I’ve been doing that for the past couple of years, and I’m sure I’ll be doing it for years to come, too. Fiona is the most engaging and determined detective I have read in a long, long time and she gets better with each new book. Or maybe I’m just becoming more fond of her. Either way, I love her, and you will too. I’m one of the lucky few to have read book three, The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (March 2014) but if I hadn’t, I’d be making it my new year’s resolution to do so.


The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths


Graeme Williams, Senior Marketing Executive at Orion Fiction

This Christmas, I’m getting everyone copies of Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. I loved her last book, The Thirteenth Tale and Christmas is just an ideal time to settle down to a spooky story. Diane’s writing is always wonderful, and when I heard that this one was set around a mourning emporium (see the title for its name) a one-stop-shop for all your funereal needs like black clothes, black curtains and black everything else, it sounded just too spooky and macabre to pass up!


Bellman and Black


The Thirteenth Tale


Genevieve Pegg, Editorial Director at Orion Fiction

This year, some of the handy book-shaped presents I’ll be wrapping for friends and family include the haunting A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which shows the darkest stories can sometimes be the most beautiful; The 50/50 Killer by Steve Mosby (to surprise a friend who said books weren’t as scary as films . . .); Death comes to Pemberley by the always wonderful P. D. James (so it can be read before the TV adaptation is on this Christmas); and The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox, because as well as its stunning design, which is a gift in itself, it’s a vividly compelling tale of a great Victorian mystery.


A Monster Calls


The 50/50 Killer


Death Comes to Pemberley


The Goddess and the Thie


Unless stated otherwise, all of the above books are available from retailers.

For some great crime classics this Christmas, go no further than The Murder Room sale, where all titles are £2.99.