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Raven: Top five books of 2014

The Dark Angel

Looking back over my crime reading of 2014 and compiling my top five, it suddenly occurred to me that my fascination with American and Scandinavian crime has been usurped. This year my selection consists entirely of French and Italian novels, and to be honest there were others from these countries that could quite easily have[…]

Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

Written by Christopher Bartley – Ross Duncan is not a good man. His CV is full of death and destruction. Banks robbed, lives cut short, violence meted out – all have their paragraphs. Look under the blankets in the trunk of his supercharged Dodge, and you will find an arsenal of guns and explosives sufficient[…]

His First His Second

Written by AD Davies – His First His Second is the self-published debut crime novel from AD Davies. Set in and around the Yorkshire city of Leeds, the book is an intriguing mix of police procedural and serial killer thriller, that will tease, involve and unnerve you. The story opens in chilling fashion as young[…]

Berlin Burning


Written by Damien Seaman – At the end of last year, Blasted Heath published Seaman’s debut novel, The Killing of Emma Gross, which introduced his Weimar Republic detectives Trautmann and Roth in a fictionalised retelling of the true crime mystery of the Vampire of Dusseldorf. It isn’t necessary to have read it in order to[…]

Marina Sofia: Top five books of 2014

The Long Way Home

2014 has been a year of discovering the joys of crossovers, or books which push the boundaries and extend the definition of crime fiction. Think Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters or Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven, with their mix of YA, horror, dystopia police and literary fiction. However my top books of the year veer[…]

The Abrupt Physics of Dying


Written by Paul E Hardisty – Anyone who has traveled through the Arab world or knows a little Arabic will know the phrase in’shallah – God willing. It’s a catch-all phrase covering anything from the weather to your chances of making it through the night alive. And it’s a phrase that permeates The Abrupt Physics[…]

Keith Nixon: Top five books of 2014


I read far too much, and 2014 has been no exception. As well as going back to old favourites I also like to find new authors too. It’s a special feeling when you read a book and immediately connect. And so this year’s top five reads are absolutely this mix of the old and the new. They’re[…]

The Kill


Written by Jane Casey – It’s the time of year when parties abound, but there’s nothing worse than getting there after everyone else has had a few drinks and is infused with festive jollity, is there? I mention it because it’s a feeling I know intimately after reading this book. The Kill is the fifth[…]



Written by Rob Kitchin — Grant, a new arrival from England to Dublin, and his wheelchair-bound companion, Mary have a problem. Grant’s flatmate, Sinead, has gone missing from the house they share, only a bloody severed finger left in her place. There’s also a note addressed to Pat which says Sinead has been kidnapped, she’ll be[…]

Jeremy Megraw: Top five books of 2014


Despite this year’s abundant crime fiction harvest, picking the five best books to enjoy with your eggnog was a relatively easy task for me. And with some of these titles, you may even go back for seconds. It seems like every year the market looks towards Scandinavia for books to translate, and 2014 was no exception.[…]

Guns of Brixton


Written by Paul D Brazill – If you’re a regular visitor to the site may recall our review of A Case of Noir, an excellent serial novel by Paul D Brazill that we looked at in June. It was a collection of individual stories which could be read sequentially to tell a longer story. Paul[…]

The best crime shows of 2014


While the main focus of Crime Fiction Lover has always been on books, books and more books, we do love crime fiction television too. And films, apps and games for that matter. In fact, one of the most popular articles on our site is our listing of the 20 all time greatest crime shows. It’s[…]


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