Archive for October, 2011

The Hidden Child


Written by Camilla Läckberg – Läckberg’s latest book in her series featuring crime writer Erica Falck and her police detective husband Patrik Hedstrӧm sees the pair investigating a case that may have its roots 60 years in the past. Apart from a few initial teething problems, all seems serene in the Falck/Hedstrӧm household. Erica is returning[…]

Cold Rain


Written by Craig Smith — It’s taken a while for us to get round to reviewing Craig Smith’s Cold Rain, which was published late last year, but given its long listing for the CWA’s Ian Fleming Steal Dagger Award, we thought now was as good time as any to appraise its many villainous virtues. Smith’s novel[…]

Call Me Princess / Blue Blood


Written by Sara Blædel – Lovers of Scandinavian crime fiction will be pleased to hear that there’s a new kid on the Nordic noir block. Call Me Princess is the Danish writer Sara Blædel’s debut novel in English, having penned eight in her mother tongue. It introduces us to the detective Louise Rick of the Copenhagen[…]

Hell and Gone


Written by Duane Swierczynski — In Hell and Gone, the sequel to the award-winning Fun and Games, Duane Swierczynski picks up Charlie Hardy at the end of the events in the previous book. After an introduction to the situation, we are dragged into a new story of secret organisations, psychological experiments and the consequences of[…]

CSI: Quebec? Mais oui!


Starting on 28 October and lasting for three days, Quebec City is to host its first ever crime fiction festival. It’s called QuebeCrime and in addition to appearances by a range of top drawer mystery and thriller authors, the organisers have announced a special new attraction entitled CSI: Wrong Watson! Chemistry for Justice. The CSI[…]

CFL top five books of 2011


Perhaps you dropped by our site a week or two ago when we were asking readers what their favourite book of the last 12 months has been. Maybe you wondered why we were asking. Was it just to drum up some conversation? Or maybe Crime Fiction Lover had a little scheme afoot. Well, if you[…]

The Devil’s Ribbon


Written by DE Meredith — This is the second outing for Victorian forensic scientist Prof Adolphus Hatton and his able assistant, Albert Roumande. Forensic science is still very much in its infancy, but that does not deter our resolute pair from using techniques that may aid them in solving their most dangerous case yet. It’s[…]

And the winner is…

Congratulations to John Sturm of Whitley Bay in the Northeast of England. His post was picked randomly from over 40 sent in when we asked readers of our site to name their favourite crime fiction book of the last year. John is being sent a collection of five wonderful crime titles from Myrmidon Books which[…]

Viva La Madness


Written by JJ Connolly — Maybe you’ve seen the film Layer Cake, or read the book? Well Viva La Madness is the next episode in the life of the nameless cocaine dealer who narrates the story. People have called Connolly’s writing Brit Grit, Layer Cake had a similar feel to Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock films,[…]

Motor City Shakedown


Written by DE Johnson — Motor City Shakedown by is a violent, historically-based story set in a vibrant but unsettled Detroit in 1911. The author has researched the social issues of the early 20th century and it’s the details that draw the reader into the story of revenge and gang warfare, but it’s the characters[…]

Google launches its UK bookstore with 3 million titles


Google Books has launched in the UK making it possible for readers to browse 3 million titles on their phones or tablets from Google’s vast digital repository. You can also search Google ebookstore from your web browser on a PC or Mac. Promising everything from bestsellers to rare out of print editions, it makes two[…]

Short stories: Liverpool 5


Everyone here at Crime Fiction Lover is right behind our fellow contributor Luca Veste. The Merseyside-based writer’s first book, Liverpool 5, is available now on Amazon and inside you’ll find five short stories set in the city. “It’s a mix of crime and characters,” says Veste. “I enjoy writing about people, life and death, that[…]