Murder House: Part One

Written by James Patterson and David Ellis – Although he’s never been a critics’ favourite, James Patterson is a permanent fixture on the bestseller and library lending lists. Like literary sensations ranging from Charles Dickens…

CIS: Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock

The story of how Dutch diplomat Robert van Gulik came to write the 16 murder mysteries featuring legendary Tang Dynasty jurist Dee Jen-djieh – AKA Judge Dee – is almost as fascinating as the novels…

CIS: A classic revisited – Savage Season

Joe R Lansdale is a veteran writer of more than 25 years. He started out writing short stories for the independent press – mainly horror and thrillers. It’s something he still does, but has now achieved considerable mainstream…

Welcome to Classics in September 2015

The leaves are turning and the kiddies are heading back to school where books, books, books are the order of the day – and classics, at that. For this reason we always like to turn…

The Forsaken

Written by Ace Atkins — This crime thriller series featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson of Jericho, Mississippi has been widely praised for raising the standard in Southern crime novels. It’s a puzzling characterisation. Perhaps it’s inevitable, as cultural homogenization…

Interview: Michael Koryta

Having a new book published is an anxious time for any writer, no matter how experienced. But when Stephen King said ‘You can’t put this baby down’ Michael Koryta’s new release, Last Words, that must have…

A gazetteer of British crime: Scotland

A sense of place is one of those vital ingredients which can be crucial in a crime fiction novel. Maigret’s rainy Paris suburbs, Marlowe’s neon-lit LA, Harry Hole’s snowy Oslo streets – the locations are inseparable…

Delving Deeper

Written by Josh K. Stevens — The second deuce Walsh thriller follows on from April’s Scratch the Surface. We found that book to be an exciting first instalment to the trilogy, and a Midwestern hardboiled gangster novel…

Another cold case for Carl Mørck

On the Radar — Look out Jo Nesbo, stand aside Camilla Lackberg. The great Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen is coming through with a new Department Q story – The Hanging Girl. It’s hard to believe this…

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Vortex

Written by Paul D Marks — Vortex is a first-person narrated novella which readers can blast through in a couple of hours. It’s a hardboiled thriller with strong noir overtones, and is about the past – how you can’t…

Naked Shall I Return

Written by Christopher Bartley — The Bible, like Shakespeare, is always a good source of book titles. Here we have that glum fellow Job to thank. He said,”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked…

Dead Heat with the Reaper

Written by William E Wallace — All Due Respect is steadily building a solid reputation stateside as an indie publisher releasing the kind of gritty, hardboiled and noirish crime fiction that we enjoy. Alongside its quarterly short fiction…

The Nature of the Beast

Written by Louise Penny — It’s billed as a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, but these days Armande Gamache has left the Surete du Quebec behind and retired to the peaceful community of Three Pines, north of…

Untouchable

Written by Ava Marsh —  Untouchable is the gritty and sexy debut thriller from former broadsheet journalist Ava Marsh. Referred to as a cross between Belle du Jour and Martina Cole by crime author Mark Edwards, Untouchable…