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Lock-Down Blues

Lockdown Blues

Written by Ray Wilcox – For the most part, the lives these criminals lead are unconnected. There is Raymond Butterworth, a successful printer, whose gruesome crimes are separated by decades. Then we have ‘Diamond’ Perry, the black street hoodlum who makes the mistake of taking on a Yardie drug gang. Johnny Scapes ran a high-end[...]

Alphabet House

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Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by Steve Schein – Published for the first time in English, Alphabet House was Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s first book in his native language, predating the Department Q series which includes Mercy and Disgrace. It is an ambitious psychological thriller that was inspired by his own upbringing around psychiatric hospitals[...]

A Madras Miasma

Madras Miasma

Written by Brian Stoddart – The setting is 1920, in the teeming city of Madras (present day Chennai) on the south eastern coast of India. Superintendent Christian Le Fanu of the Indian Police Service has been called to the banks of a filthy city canal which is, in reality, little more than an open sewer.[...]

Cherringham – Mystery at the Manor

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Written by Matt Costello and Neil Richards — Mystery at the Manor is the second episode in a 12-book series of cosy mysteries, which transatlantic writing duo Matt Costello (US) and Neil Richards (UK) intend to release in monthly instalments. Each book is intended to be a self-contained mystery and they all feature amateur sleuth[...]

Falling Fast

Written by Neil Broadfoot – This debut novel was recently shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year alongside the likes of Peter May, Louise Welsh and Chris Brookmyre. In that company, it certainly has a lot to live up to. No problems there, for Falling Fast is a book that grabs you[...]

The Sandman

The Sandman

Written by Lars Kepler – If your perception of Nordic noir is of troubled detectives who can’t relate to people at work or at home, who are giving in to alcoholism and as cold inside as the climate they inhabit, then the Joona Linna series, now in its fourth instalment, might just be a breath[...]

The Long Way Home

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Written by Louise Penny – Louise Penny has a devoted audience of readers who eagerly await each of her novels featuring Québecois detective Armand Gamache – and I am no exception. We were all on tenterhooks to see if the good inspector’s retirement from his position as Head of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec[...]

Skinjob

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Written by Bruce McCabe – The scariest thing about dystopias – worlds which are defined by totalitarianism and dehumanisation – is how closely they resemble our own. The scariest aspect of novels such as George Orwell’s 1984 is not the strangeness of the worlds they represent, but their familiarity. Readers could see the spectre of[...]

The Harbour Master

Harbour Master

Written by Daniel Pembry – Amsterdam copper Henk van der Pol is old school. Now in his 50s, his daughter is away at university, and all around him bright young things are moving up through the police ranks. He has been an institution man for much of his working life – he is a former[...]

Shelock Holmes: The Spirit Box

The Spirit Box

Written by George Mann – Previously here on Crime Fiction Lover we’ve reviewed The Will of the Dead featuring Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk mystery, and The Executioner’s Heart from George Mann’s Newbury & Hobbes series set in Victorian times. This latest Conan Doyle pastiche takes us back to the summer of 1915. The misery,[...]

The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad

Written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith – Last month we celebrated Bastille Day with a look at the best French crime fiction. My two suggestions for that list were written by Manchette. The quality of this author hasn’t escaped the eye of publishers New York Review Books, either. The company has just published[...]

Gollancz Fest 2014: Ben Aaronovitch

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There are plenty of book events to visit in the UK and beyond (including Iceland Noir in November), but today publisher Gollancz took a bold step with its inaugural virtual festival featuring dozens of its authors on social media. And there was plenty of interest for crime lovers. The digital element of the Gollancz Festival[...]

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