British Crime mark billingham, ian rankin, val mcdermid. Dont really know much about the romance front tbh, but the book the story of lucys love life in ten chapters is a nice read (sorry cant remeber the author!) Celia Ahern ok and katie fford.
try jd robb...crime mixed with romance and also set in the future....sounds naff but lovely Friday night, glass of red read. Also crime/thriller...Lee Child,,(unput down able), Peter James ( need to check that name)
Lee Child, Linda Fairstein, Margery Allingham, PD James (erudite crime), Dorothy Sayers, Donna Leon, Elizabeth George for crime. I also love Cynthia Harrod-Eagles for crime. She has written a brilliant series about a DI called Bill Slider who works out of Shepherds Bush nick. Very witty, lots of word play, deft plotting and human interest.
Georgette Heyer for romance; brilliant! My mum has bought me her crime novels for Christmas, so am looking forward to them. I also like Lindsay Davis 'The Course of Honour' as a romance (albeit a Roman one), and the Diana Galbadon series is historical romance.