The Cold Cold Ground

Written by Adrian McKinty — The premise behind this story is enough to catch your interest straight away. It’s set in Northern Ireland in 1981, right in the middle of the IRA hunger strikes. The…

That Awful Mess at the Via Merulana

Written by Carlo Emilio Gadda — I’m going to get the bad part out of the way first – this book is unfinished. It’s also 65 years old and Italo Calvino considered it to be…

Look who’s writing for us IV

As we head towards 2012 it seems there’s no stopping Crime Fiction Lover. We’ve been joined by a great new reviewer in the form of Eva Dolan, the unstoppable crime-fiction-loving force behind the excellent blog…

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HoCaM: Top five crime books of 2011

I can’t say definitively that these are the best books because I haven’t read everything out there, and who am I to decide for others, right? But these five novels all touched me, thrilled me,…

Hope Road

John Barlow isn’t new to writing, but he is new to crime fiction. Caught up in the enthusiasm for digital publishing, his first crime novel The Hope Road has just come out on Kindle. It’s…

The Low Road

Written by Chris Womersley — At what point did Australian crime fiction become dissatisfied with the confines of the genre and aspire to be something closer to literature? It probably started with Truth, the 2010…

Pulp Curry: Top five books of 2011

A couple of brief caveats before I give up my top five crime books for 2011. First, my tastes veer strongly towards the darker side of crime fiction, particularly noir, hard-boiled and pulp fiction, and…

Spriteby: Top five books of 2011

This year has certainly been a prolific year for crime fiction, with several new entrants to the genre who I think are definitely set to give the old guard a run for their money. This year…

Mercy

Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen — This is the first of four books in the author’s Department Q series to be translated from Danish into English. And, if you’re into your Scandinavian crime fiction like I…

Sleep Like the Dead

Written by Alex Gray  — A professional hitman guns down and murders a seemingly innocent person on their doorstep. DCI Lorimer is tasked with discovering the reason for this seemingly random attack. Meanwhile, a professional…

Far South

Written as the casebook of Juan Manuel Perez, Far South follows his detailed investigation into the disappearance of enigmatic theatre director, Gerardo Fischer. It’s set in Argentina, but what makes it so new and experimental…

Sorry

No, we’re not apologising for anything. We just wanted to tell you about the upcoming book by German author Zoran Drvenkar which is entitled Sorry. It’s already a bestseller in Germany and has won the…

CriFiLover: Top five books of 2011

There seem to have been so many great new crime books in 2011 that it’s hard to select a top five. It’s a time when publishing in general seems to be entering a new dimension…

Lawrence Block’s inner lesbian

Fans of American crime author Lawrence Block are in for a treat in February, when his new book Getting Off is released by Hard Case Crime, an imprint of Titan Books. Getting Off will be…

The Office of Lost and Found

Without giving too much away, The Office of Lost and Found tells the story of a man named Thomas Locke who finds things that are lost. When Veronica Drysdale asks Locke to help find her…