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Behind Closed Doors

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Written by Elizabeth Haynes – Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford disappeared in 2003 while on a family holiday in Rhodes. Ten years later, she’s reappeared in her home town, a fictional place outside of London called Briarstone. It’s just like any decent-sized town in Western Europe, and poor Scarlett is working in a brothel. Lou – DCI Louisa Smith –[…]

The Ice Twins

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Written by SK Tremayne – Angus and Sarah Moorcroft are living an enviable life. Angus is an architect, Sarah a freelance journalist and the couple live in a fashionable part of London. The picture is completed by identical twin daughters, Kirstie and Lydia. Born on the coldest day of the year, with ice-blue eyes and snowy[…]

Dark Briggate Blues

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Written by Chris Nickson – With his in-depth knowledge of Leeds and its history, and a love for writing novels set in various past eras, Chris Nickson is making quite a name for himself in crime circles. Both Gods of Gold (Victorian) and The Constant Lovers (1730s) were well received by our reviewers. Will Dark Briggate Blues make it a[…]

Dark Country

Dark Country

Written by Darren E Laws – With the eloquent subtitle Songs of Love and Murder, this is the follow up to Laws’ 2008 novel, Turtle Island. The central character once again is FBI agent Georgina O’Neil, but we find her in a bad place. Having been on the verge of losing her badge after the[…]

It’s Only Death

It's Only Death

Written by Lee Thompson – The author’s debut crime novel, A Beautiful Madness, ended up making it into my top five books of 2014. Despite only getting four stars at review, the masterful noir styling, a remarkable killer, and best of all the skilful unpeeling of a family’s secrets kept the book in my mind.[…]

The Girl Who Wasn’t There

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Written by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Anthea Bell — It seems you just can’t avoid books with ‘girl’ in their title, but there’s barely a girl to be seen in this elegant story of art, perversion and courtroom drama. In fact, the original German title was Taboo, which is at once more enigmatic and all-encompassing. This[…]

The Crooked House

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Written by Christobel Kent — Following a series set in Florence featuring private investigator Sandro Cellini, Christobel Kent has shifted the action to an English estuary village for her 10th novel. It feels like a fresh start for the author, who’s been taken on by a different publisher. There’s not even any mention of her previous[…]

Vanished

Vanished

Written by Elizabeth Heiter – Evelyn Baine is a top profiler with the FBI. Her speciality is human behaviour, but her own personal story informs everything she does. She is of mixed race, and after a childhood where she was rescued from a drunken mother and her abusive boyfriend, then fostered out to a family[…]

Slow Down

Slow Down

Written by Lee Matthew Goldberg – November might be long gone, but here at Crime Fiction Lover we continue to bring you the latest indie releases long after our annual New Talent November event. New Pulp Press, no respecters of genre boundaries, is publishing Lee Matthew Goldberg’s debut novel. Noah Spaeth is a 22-year-old New Yorker who has[…]

The Girl on the Train

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Written by Paula Hawkins — With the publisher calling it ‘the new Gone Girl’, this book is one of the most hotly anticipated crime debuts of early 2015 and it has been impossible to avoid all reviews and buzz before reading it. Does it deserve all the hype? Well, yes and no. Our main character, Rachel, takes the[…]

Runaway

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Written by Peter May – ‘Would you like to review the latest Peter May novel?’ the CFL boss asked. I replied with a phrase containing the words ‘Pope’ and ‘Catholic’. May is an author who has garnered a huge and incredibly loyal fan base through his series work – with The Lewis Trilogy topping the list,[…]

Shallow Waters

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Written by Rebecca Bradley — Here at Crime Fiction Lover, we like to discover new authors, whether traditionally or self-published. Rebecca Bradley’s debut novel introduces us to the seedier side of Nottingham and to DI Hannah Robbins, a dedicated, hard-working police officer with a nice line in self-deprecation, a thick enough skin to make it[…]

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