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His Night Begins

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Written by N Murali — Nothing hits the spot quite like a quick and brutal hardboiled novella, especially when it’s one that takes us on a journey to a new, dark and seedy city. Images of India we see in the West are dominated by the spiritual and the dirty – yoga and child trafficking, holy cows[…]

The Cartel

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Written by Don Winslow — The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow’s first depiction of America’s war on drugs, changed perceptions of its author when it was published in 2005. Winslow was already an established writer stateside and a winner of the Edgar Award, but became an international success thanks to The Dog. Epic in[…]

First look: Taking Pity

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Number four in David Mark’s DS McAvoy series has landed on the doormat – and it is sporting a bleakly atmospheric cover photo for the UK market. Quite what the bleached animal skull featured on the US cover is supposed to convey, we’re not really sure. Don’t find many of those on the banks of the[…]

This Thing of Darkness

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Written by Harry Bingham — You can soon tell that Fiona Griffiths isn’t just your average Detective Constable. Firstly, while examining a cold case file concerning a security guard who apparently stumbled to his death from a cliff-top, she takes a particular interest in the photograph of the head injury that killed him. So, she[…]

In Bitter Chill

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Written by Sarah Ward — Family history is a remarkable obsession shared by millions of people in Britain and around the world. They say it’s a pastime more popular than fishing. And it has some remarkable similarities with crime fiction. There are so many mysteries to be solved as you trace your ancestry, and it’s almost forensic in[…]

Dying Wish

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Written by James Raven — Dying Wish is set in The New Forest. Well, it’s not new but it was recorded as Nova Foresta in The Domesday Book. That was in 1086, but this is the present day and Grant Mason, a popular local author who has written guide books on the walks and natural history of the forest,[…]

The Lost Swimmer

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Written by Ann Turner — Since its release in Australia earlier this month, Ann Turner’s debut The Lost Swimmer has topped the bestseller list of several bookstores, and has received many favourable reviews. It’s not hard to see why – The Lost Swimmer is compelling, original and at times deeply unsettling. Rebecca Wilding is an archaeology professor working[…]

Interview: Don Winslow

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We reckon that The Cartel by Don Winslow is going to be one of the books crime fiction lovers simply must read this summer, and we said as much in our previews of the hottest books of summer 2015. Arriving a decade after the critically acclaimed The Power of the Dog, it’s also one of the most eagerly[…]

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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Written by Ruth Ware — With a tagline reading ‘Someone’s getting married, someone’s getting murdered’ on its cover, this debut novel by Ruth Ware is one of Harvill Secker’s big releases this summer. It’s a story of broken friendships, tense reunions and the sheer silliness of that social construct called the hen night, all set against a backdrop[…]

Interview: Sarah Ward

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Can you imagine the thrill Sarah Ward must have been feeling when her agents called up in May last year to say that Faber & Faber had bought the rights to her novel In Bitter Chill, as well as a second book? Well we caught up with Sarah in November at Iceland Noir and she was[…]

London Rain

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Written by Nicola Upson — If you like your detective fiction with a pin-sharp historical setting, then Nicola Upson is the author for you. Her series of novels features real-life Golden Age writer Josephine Tey as a detective, and Upson’s attention to detail is jaw-dropping in its thoroughness. Suffolk-born Upson read English at Downing College, Cambridge and this city[…]

A Book of Scars

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Written by William Shaw — You have to feel sorry for Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen, the battered, bruised and emotionally confused cop in William Shaw’s series set in the late 60s. In A Book of Scars, he’s recovering from a bullet wound to the shoulder following the events of the second novel, A House of Knives.[…]

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