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The Lying Down Room

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Written by Anna Jaquiery — The Lying Down Room introduces us to the charismatic and dedicated Chief Inspector Serge Morel. The story opens in Paris in the stifling August heat, and Morel is called to examine a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been brutally murdered to the soundtrack of Faure’s Requiem, and her[...]

The Accident

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Written by CL Taylor – Most of us know someone with an apparently perfect life. They’re happily married, with a lovely home and clever, well behaved offspring. But, as we crime fiction fans know all too well, appearances can be deceptive. Sue Taylor has a life that many would envy. She is the wife of a successful MP,[...]

Dog Will Have His Day

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Written by Fred Vargas, translated by Sian Reynolds — A four-time winner of the CWA International Dagger, Fred Vargas is arguably France’s finest contemporary crime writer. With every book, you enter a familiar fictional landscape that is not quite reality but rather a uniquely Gallic mélange of the whimsical, witty and violently deranged. The only[...]

10 of the best Golden Age crime novels

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Easter is here, a time to be with family, enjoy hot cross buns and maybe even a chocolate egg or two. If all that wears a little thin, the long weekend is also a great time to indulge in your passion – reading crime. Whether it’s in the shade of a favourite old tree or[...]

Necropolis

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Written by Guy Portman – Dyson Devereux is Head of Burials and Cemeteries for the local council of a fictional town in Essex, England. He has risen without trace, mainly due to the demise of his predecessor, whose funeral and cremation he helped organise. Dyson is immensely vain, impossibly handsome, and totally without compassion for[...]

Hustle

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Written by Tom Pitts – Donny and Big Rich are male prostitutes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Their lives revolve around getting high. Heroin is what they are addicted to, but if they can’t get that then crack or meth is better than nothing. It means never looking beyond the next fix, and perhaps that[...]

Black Mail

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Written by Bill Daly – The first in a new series, Black Mail is a debut crime novel from Bill Daly and it’s set in contemporary Glasgow. Billed as twisty and atmospheric, the book introduces us to DCI Charlie Anderson. Long in the tooth and old fashioned in some ways, he knows the city inside[...]

The Book of You

Written by Claire Kendal – This is one of the most anticipated releases of the year so far, and to trail the release HarperCollins sent out slightly creepy little items to reviewers including a strange black rose. So I was itching to get inside its pages. But be careful what you wish for, because although[...]

The House of Dolls

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Written by David Hewson — With his three novelisations of Danish sensation The Killing, British crime writer David Hewson has elevated the TV tie-in novel into a literary event. He’s even started a trend in crime adaptations that build on original television scripts: Erin Kelly is readying her take on Broadchurch for an August release.[...]

£100 off crime writing course in Tuscany

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Fancy sharpening up your crime writing skills at The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany? And how does some expert help from bestselling crime author Meg Gardiner sound? What if you could get £100 off the price of the week-long course as well? It all sounds pretty enticing, and this is exactly what’s on offer from[...]

Galveston

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Written by Nic Pizzolatto – What would you do if you were bagman for a New Orleans kingpin and you found out you had lung cancer. And what if your boss started sleeping with your girl? He then sends you on a mission to shake down some loser across town, but tells you not to[...]

Mr Campion’s Farewell

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Written by Margery Allingham, completed by Mike Ripley – When Margery Allingham died in 1966, she had published 18 novels featuring her Golden Age private detective Albert Campion. She left behind several unfinished manuscripts, and her husband Philip ‘Pip’ Youngman Carter – who collaborated with her in her writing – went on to complete Mr[...]

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