Whodunnits and Crime Novels Set in Dorset

What better example of whodunnits and crime novels set in Dorset than Broadchurch, based on the TV series, and a new addition:

The Dorset Crime series

Book One of the series: The Corfe Castle Murders, by Rachel McLean

Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly… and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.

After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice – early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.

But things don’t stay calm for long.

Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.

Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?

The Corfe Castle Murders is a compelling, character-driven mystery perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Elly Griffiths.

The Chicken Soup Murder, by Maria Donovan

“Handled with great sensitivity, this has great comedy, exciting developments and very moving moments, right through until the nicely worked solution to the mystery.” — Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

Michael had a nice life before the Bulls moved in next door, in the little town near the sea with its magic hills and the three pebble-dashed semis in a long arc. Three happy homes each with a long garden…

Part crime fiction, part murder mystery, part meditation on grieving, friendship and family, Maria Donovan’s debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, is a coming-of-age story narrated with resilience and humour by Michael, whose cosy young life is threatened by bullying and blasted by visitations from the biggest bully of them all: Death.

Within Michael’s own past are unanswered questions: why does he live with his grandmother? Are his parents really in prison? His magical creative thinking lands him in trouble: how reliable is his story and why is he the only one who thinks a murder has been committed? What can he, a schoolboy about to turn twelve, do about it? Haunted by the injustice of a killing, he takes on the burden of trying to do the right thing first helping the widowed mother of his best friend, and then seeking justice for the friend and neighbour who apparently died while making him chicken soup.

Bereavement is hard enough but there are added difficulties in coming to terms with the deliberate ending of a life. As Michael struggles to help himself and the people he cares for to move on, he learns about acceptance and grief, and what happens to those who are left behind when a loved one dies, whether from natural or unnatural causes.

But when it comes to dealing with murder the usual rules of grieving don’t apply.

And nothing can be resolved until the murderer is found…

Broadchurch, by Erin Kelly

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters.

It’s a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.

When Danny’s body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny’s death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.

As the town’s secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it’s impossible to know who to trust…

Whodunnits and Crime Novels Set in Dorset

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