A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Written by Lawrence Block — If you pick up A Drop of the Hard Stuff and start reading it without knowing the author, you’ll realise pretty quickly that it’s from a seriously accomplished writer. It’s the…

The Retribution

Written by Val McDermid – The Retribution is the seventh book featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. A fantastic series, I was incredibly excited to read the latest instalment! The story focuses on the prison escape of increasingly…

Jo Nesbo and real-life crime

Jo Nesbo and his mysterious detective Harry Hole are responsible for some of the biggest selling Nordic crime fiction releases in recent years. Here in the UK, Redbreast and The Snowman have each been hugely…

The BBC looks at crime fiction

For our non-UK fans, the BBC’s Time Shift is an excellent documentary series that runs on BBC4. The last two programmes in the series have tackled some of our favourite topics; Nordic Noir: The Story…

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Pulp Ink

Edited by Nigel Bird and Chris Rhatigan — Pulp Ink is a collection of short stories with an interesting connection. Each writer was given a line from the movie Pulp Fiction, or the title of a…

Watch the trailer for Dregs

One of the books we’re busy preparing a review for is the English language debut of Norwegian author Jørn Lier Horst. Dregs follows detective William Wisting as he tries to work out where a severed…

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Spriteby joins our team

Today we welcome a new reviewer – Spriteby – to our panel. It should not surprise you to learn that she’s a lover of crime fiction, but Spriteby’s personal tastes in the genre mean we’ll…

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Lake Charles

Written by Ed Lynskey — Lake Charles is a distinctly southern take on noir fiction that combines a strong sense of place with a cast of ordinary people struggling against the circumstances they face. The author…

The Dead Tracks

Written by Tim Weaver — Before we start, I should let you know that I’ve known Tim for a number of years. We both used to work at the same company where he writes about…

Dead End

Written by Leigh Russell — Dead End is the third book in the Geraldine Steel series from writer Leigh Russell. With Russell’s first book Cut Short being nominated for a CWA Dagger in 2010, I was…

Hunter

Written by Robert Bidinotto — Mr Bidinotto’s background as a distinguished investigative journalist of the criminal justice system provides him with the experience and knowledge to craft a story that grows from the mistakes and injustices…

Look who’s writing for us II

The sequel! Earlier in the week we posted a story welcoming Guilty Conscience and Nicolette to our writing team, and put the call out for reviewers in the US and Canada. Our call has been…

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