As April is the cruelest month, it seems like a fine time to check in with some of the mystery genre's most reliable wordsmiths. From forgotten historical figures to lost children, there are enough puzzles and double-crosses here to carry fans through to summer – but not a butler in sight.
This deeply satisfying Scottish thriller focuses on the hunt for a mother and her young baby.
The Monitor’s annual gift guide to the best fiction books of 2008.
Kate Atkinson saves the best for last in her mystery trilogy.