Book List in Order: 36 titles


  • When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements...



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    Serrailler must confront his demons as Lafferton experiences a series of shocking crimes in this 10th book in Susan Hill’s shattering crime series   Susan Hill stuns readers once again in The Benefit of Hindsight, the 10th book in her celebrated m...





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    Susan Hill―the Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards―returns with a hair-raising new novel, the ninth book in one of the most acclaimed mystery series of our time. Featuring the eni...



  • One hot summer's day, an old flame turns up at Lafferton HQ and Simon Serrailler is catapulted back to his days as a fresh-faced PC in the Met. That long febrile summer in the early 1990s, London was reeling from one IRA bomb warning after another. ...



  • A devastating coming-of-age story about a woman caught in the wrong era, from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. Everyone likes Olive Piper. A happy, open-hearted child growing up in the 1950s, her life is contented. When her passion for r...



  • From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black . In the title s...



  • When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero. Years later, now a detective chi...



  • in Reader, I Married Him

    This collection of original stories by today’s finest women writers—including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more—takes inspiration from the famous line in Charlotte Brontë’s most ...







  • 'No one chills the blood like Susan Hill' Daily Telegraph From the horrifying secret of Eel Marsh House in The Woman in Black to the supernatural terror unleashed by spiteful Leonora van Vorst in Dolly and the deadly danger posed by Professor Parmitt...



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    In the eighth of the successful Simon Serrailler series, the Chief Superintendent is faced with worse crimes than ever, and the town of Lafferton is left reeling Susan Hill―the Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugh...



  • A searing family story from one of our most beloved writers The village is called Mount of Zeal. It's built in a bowl like an amphitheater, with the winding gear where the stage would be. The pit lies below. Ted Howker's school is on the edge of ...



  • A mysterious manuscript lands on the desk of the step-son of the late Dr Hugh Meredith, a country doctor with a prosperous and peaceful practice in a small English town. From the written account he has left behind, however, we learn that Meredith was...



  • Susan Hill proves once again that she is one of our very best storytellers in this transfixing parable of greed, goodness and an extraordinary miracle. Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing h...



  • A chilling, classically-inspired ghost story from Susan Hill, our reigning mistress of spine-tingling fiction. For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has journeyed all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering trave...



  • The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housek...



  • The Small Hand Antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn and stumbles upon a derelict Edwardian house with a lush, overgrown garden. As he approaches the door, he is startled to feel the unmista...



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    A particularly unpleasant murder, that of a very old woman in a housing project, rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a mo...



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    The English town of Lafferton is ravaged by flash floods. A shallow grave is exposed; the remains of missing teenager Harriet Lowther have been uncovered. Harriet was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her death twenty years before ha...







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    Serrailler has just wrapped up a particularly exhausting and difficult case and is on sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton by the Chief Constable. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. When the wife...



  • What happens to a family when one of the brothers publishes his “misery memoir?” Is his litany of childhood torment a complete invention? Or was there really a cupboard under the stairs?The farmhouse was called The Beacon and they had been born a...



  • An extraordinary ghost story from a modern master. In the apartment of Oliver's old professor at Cambridge, there is a painting on the wall, a mysterious depiction of masked revelers at the Venice carnival. On this cold winter's night, the old profes...



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    Melanie shops happily for supper the day after her return from honeymoon but when she gets back from the supermarket there is someone other than her new husband waiting for her. . . . Tanya and Dan, who have been married that day, slip back into t...



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    The Risk of Darkness, even more compulsive and convincing than its predecessors, explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns into obsession and threats, violence and terror. Meanwhile, handsome, introverted chief inspecto...



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    The second novel featuring Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler set in the English Cathedral town of Lafferton. A little boy is kidnapped as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for a lift to school. An ex-con finds it impos...



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    Susan Hill, a master of characterization and storytelling, writes with compassion, humour and a unique understanding of the details of daily life in this utterly absorbing crime novel - the first in a series of three, featuring the English policeman ...



  • What real reader does not yearn, somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart, for a really literate, first-class thriller - one that chills the body with foreboding of dark deeds to come, but warms the soul with perceptions and language at once ast...



  • At the far end of the long white gallery is a painting of a woman, in pale flowing clothes and lying on a sofa beside an open window. The muslin curtains billow out towards her like clouds. There is a touch of brilliant red, the ribbon on her hat. Th...



  • Simba, Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, and the rest of the favorite characters from the Walt Disney motion picture, The Lion King, introduce toddlers to the ABC's in a colorful romp filled with the humor and wisdom of the movie....







  • Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, the modern masterpiece of romantic suspense, has been a bestseller since it was first published in 1938. But when the story ended with their beloved Manderley in ruins, millions of readers were left to wonder whatever bec...



  • In a rural English village, young Ruth Bryce is struggling to deal with the sudden and accidental death of her husband, Ben. Suddenly alone, Ruth must cope not only with Ben’s death but also with his family who view her with suspicion and hostilit...








  • Susan Hill's classic novel Strange Meeting tells of the power of love amidst atrocities. 'He was afraid to go to sleep. For three weeks, he had been afraid of going to sleep . . .' Young officer John Hilliard returns to his battalion in France follow...



  • 'I didn't want you to come here.' So says the note that the boy Edmund Hooper passes to Charles Kingshaw upon his arrival at Warings. But, young Kingshaw and his mother have come to live with Hooper and his father in the ugly, isolated Victorian hous...


Complete Series List in Order

A Simon Serrailler Crime Novel

1) Various Haunts of Men (Aug-2004)
2) The Pure in Heart (Jul-2005)
3) The Risk of Darkness (Jul-2006)
4) The Vows of Silence (Jun-2008)
5) Shadows in the Street (Sep-2010)
6) The Betrayal of Trust (Nov-2011)
7) A Question of Identity (Nov-2012)
8) The Soul of Discretion (Jan-2015)
8.5) Hero (Jul-2017)
8.6) Old Haunts (Aug-2018)
9) The Comforts of Home (Nov-2018)
10) The Benefit of Hindsight (Apr-2020)