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Robert Galbraith’s Black Ink Heart (Sphere, £25)
At 1,024 pages, private investigators Cormoran Strike and Robin Elcott’s sixth voyage is the longest yet, but despite having a long following, this backlog Internet story pays off the commitment. Eddie Lidwell, co-creator of the popular YouTube cartoon The Ink Black Heart, approaches the agency in hopes of discovering the identity of her online persecutor, Anomie, but is turned down due to an already heavy workload. Shortly thereafter, Eddie was found murdered in Highgate Cemetery in North London, with her colleague and ex-boyfriend lying nearby with critical injuries. He couldn’t name the aggressor, but Anomie, who invented a game based on the cartoon, claims he is responsible. Strike and Ellacott attempt to uncover Anomie, enter the game and interact with fans obsessed with The Ink Black Heart. This novel can certainly be considered Galbraith’s response AKA JK. Rowling on the treatment she received online, but I suspect it is no coincidence that it was set up in 2015, the time of the #Gamergate campaign of anti-women harassment which, as here, included defamation, rape and death threats as well as conspiracy theories. This is a cautionary tale of the impact of the virtual world on people’s real lives.

Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99)
A different kind of fan is examined in Erin Kelly’s latest book: Armchair Treasure Hunters, as are those obsessed with Kate Williams’ 1979 book The Story of Mysteries, Masquerade. Here, the inspiration is the similarly successful Golden Bones, created by artist Frank Churcher: The Tale of Murdered Elinor, whose bones made of gold and precious stones are buried at sites across England. Now only one remains undiscovered. Churcher grew in wealth and prestige, while his family, which enjoyed a bourgeois bohemian presence in Hampstead, London, became increasingly dysfunctional – and some treasure hunters didn’t do well either. The clan gathers to celebrate the book’s 50th anniversary, and the film crew is on hand to make a documentary – but when the “grand reveal” of the last bone goes wrong, allegorical skeletons begin to cascade out of the vaults. With rich characterization and intricate yet impulse planning, Kelly is at her best as she ruthlessly cuts off brutal selfishness and toxic relationships while heightening the tension.

The bullet that Richard Osman missed

The Bullet Missed by Richard Osman (Viking, £20)
The third book in the bestselling Thursday Murder Clubs series sees the residents of an upscale Kentish retirement village embark on another investigation. This time, ex-spy Elizabeth, retired nurse Joyce, psychiatrist Abraham and former syndicate Ron, are looking into the disappearance of Bethany Waits, 10 years ago. Whites, a journalist who was investigating a massive value-added tax fraud, supposedly died when her car fell off a ramp in Dover. The body was never found but the circumstances were suspicious, and when the retirees began investigating the cold case it got very hot. Kidnapping, extortion and murder ensue, but the quartet takes it all in its stride, just as it does with the ups and downs of old age. Warm and witty—despite the body number—more soothing than ever, this is a serene fall afternoon read.

Sometimes People Die By Simon Stevenson 237798-FCT

Sometimes People Die by Simon Stevenson (Area, £14.99)
Returning to practice in 1999 after being suspended for stealing opioids, a young Scottish doctor takes a job in the only place he will be: St Luke’s Hospital, the understaffed and underfunded NHS hospital in London’s East End, which looks ‘like an asylum’ Which a distracted kid has been modified with half a dozen unmatched LEGO sets.” As he struggles to battle a bewildering array of diseases he only read about in textbooks – dengue fever, scurvy, rare genetic syndromes – often consulted via an interpreter, a growing number of unexpected patient deaths create an air of paranoia. Police stumble ineffectively; The first suspect becomes one employee after another; A colleague takes his life, and the unnamed narrator suffers a setback…written with satirical cleverness a la Adam Kaye and peppered with real-life descriptions of murderous paramedics, it’s certainly intriguing, though crime buffs may want a more focused plot and less picaresque. .

Marple - Twelve New Stories by Val McDermid and more

Marple: Twelve New Stories Various authors (HarperCollins, £20)
Although crime writer Sophie Hannah has written novels featuring Hercule Poirot, this is the first time Agatha Christie’s estate has allowed the re-introduction of Miss Marple, as it has been reimagined here in a highly entertaining collection of 12 new stories by women writers ranging from Naomi Alderman Jan Kwok by Derrida Sy Mitchell and Lee Bardugo. The spinster detective who, in Christie’s words, “expected the worst of everyone and everything, and was, with almost frightening accuracy, right” could be found solving crimes in Manhattan (Alyssa Cole), the Amalfi Coast (Elie Griffiths) and Cape Cod ( Karen M. McManus), as well as at her home in St Mary Meade (Val McDermid and Roth Weir) or the ostensibly respected Myon Maltravers (Lucy Foley). Some performances may be more in Golden Age lore than others, but there’s enough beaded and tweedy Marple craftsmanship here to satisfy even the toughest Christie’s fan.

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