In Elizabeth George's A Great Deliverance, Sergeant Havers is an angry and awkward woman who is asked to work with Inspector Lynley, her extreme opposite. She must cooperate however, otherwise she could be demoted. They're called in to solve a murder in a small village north of London where the village priest found a young teenager named Roberta, holding an axe in front of her dead father and dog on the floor, saying "I did it. I'm not sorry." This is not a cozy mystery, it's more psychological and intense. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes P.D. James or other mystery authors with more serious material. I would also recommend to those readers who enjoy strong character-driven stories.
Recommended by Erica Lien