Archive for September, 2011

Top 5 Nordic noir bargains for Kindle


In 2006 UK publisher Quercus posthumously published a book by Swedish journalist Steig Larsson. In Sweden it was titled Men Who Hate Women, and it was to be the first book in the Millennium trilogy. That book is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and since its release more than 18 million copies have been[…]

The Sea Detective


Written by Mark Douglas-Home – Mark Douglas-Home is a writer of outstanding reputation. As a journalist he has garnered the kind of status that most hacks dream of, culminating in a tenure as editor of Scotland’s Herald newspaper. The Sea Detective is his first foray in to crime fiction, and yet his journalistic skills are used[…]



Written by AD Miller — A snowdrop is a lovely flower, but as this book explains in its first few pages, it’s also the Russian vernacular for a dead body that turns up when the snow melts. Each spring, Moscow’s icy drifts subside, and the authorities find all the drunks, vagrants and murder victims who[…]

The new Kindle and Amazon Fire tablet


Amazon today announced a new tablet computer called the Kindle Fire, and a redesigned, smaller, lighter and cheaper Kindle. The Kindle Fire confirms rumours we reported on earlier, and is being sold alongside the new Kindle e-readers in direct competition to Apple’s iPad. It will retail for $199 in the US, but here’s no word on[…]

Short stories by Lawrence Block


Exclusive news — Today the New York-based author Lawrence Block dropped us a line to let us know about a new book of short stories he’s launching early in October. The Night and the Music collects together nine stories that have appeared in previous works, plus One Last Night at Grogan’s, a new piece penned this[…]



Written by Jo Nesbø — With a growing following stemming from his Harry Hole stories, here Jo Nesbø takes a step away from that series to present a standalone story. The result is a mix of action, violence, dark humour and thievery that manages to entertain despite some flaws. The novel starts with an introduction[…]

Budapest Noir: soon in English


We were surprised to find out that until Vilmos Kondor wrote his book Budapest Noir in 2008, the crime fiction genre was unknown in the country. As you may have guessed, we like to take fictional trips overseas now and again here at Crime Fiction Lover, and the good news is that Harper Paperback are[…]

Victorian character competition: THE WINNERS


Last night at midnight our first ever competition here on Crime Fiction Lover closed, and today we can set off the fireworks and announce the winners. Congratulations go out to Alex Washoe and Kaarreenn AKA nneerrraakk (we’re going by their Twitter identities). They faced the challenge of inventing an ideal Victorian crime fiction character and[…]

The Drop


Written by Howard Linskey — David Blake is a classic good-guy gangster. Like Tony Soprano, he’s in a comfortable position that involves little obvious law breaking, but much of the associated reward. This world is suddenly turned upside down when money he’s responsible for goes missing. His boss, Newcastle crime lord Bobby Mahoney, starts the[…]

The crimes they are a-changin’


Jacques Filippi reports on Bouchercon 2011 — In crime fiction, the hero who saves everyone has dominated the genre for a long time. That hero is usually troubled by past events, has a big problem with the bottle and, mostly, is unable to sustain or even commit to an intimate relationship (one involving more than[…]

Victorian crime compo: update

Have you entered our competition to win a signed copy of DE Meredith’s novel, Devoured? We’re giving two away as a prelude to the release of her new novel The Devil’s Ribbon next month. Full details of the competition can be found here, but we’ve got a little extra news. The competition involves inventing your[…]

Ned Kelly Award winners announced


The 16th annual Ned Kelly Awards has named Brit-born Alan Carter this year’s winner of the Best First Fiction prize for his book, Prime Cut, which explores the dark underbelly of the Australian mining industry and small town police corruption. The book is set in the middle of Australian nowhere, where the economic collapse of the[…]