Archive for February, 2012

Five great crime novels set in Asia


Okay, I’ve sat patiently through the hype about Scandinavian crime fiction, which shows no sign of abating, only to read recently that the next big thing in the genre is coming from Central Europe. I keep thinking people will eventually discover Asia as a fascinating place to set crime fiction, but it looks like I’ll[…]

Kerry Wilkinson lands Pan Macmillan deal


The top selling Kindle and iBook crime fiction author Kerry Wilkinson has just signed a three book deal with the international publishing house Pan Macmillan. This follows on from the tremendous success of his novels Locked In, Vigilante and The Woman in Black which have rarely been outside the top 10 in Amazon UK’s Crime,[…]

Ishmael Toffee, a dead Boer and much more…


On the radar – Welcome to our first look this week at what’s new and coming soon. After a glorious few days of unusually warm sunny weather we’re now back into jumpers and scarves, so we thought a trip back into the sunshine might be in order, and it’s certainly a mixed bag of treats.[…]

Stagger Bay


Written by Pearce Hansen — This is the second novel from the prolific writer of short stories, whose other work includes Speedy’s Big Moving Day, collected in Anthony Neil Smith’s Plots With Guns – A Noir Anthology. Moving from Oakland to Stagger Bay in an attempt to escape his criminal past, Markus attempts to provide[…]

I Will Have Vengeance


Written by Maurizio de Giovanni — With the rise of European translations hitting the bookshelves, I Will Have Vengeance joins the ranks. Originally released in Italy in 2007, this is the first English translation from the Commissario Ricciardi series. Set in 1931, the spectre of fascism hanging over the heads of all the characters, the story[…]

Interview: Pearce Hansen


Now here’s a writer who’s been described as gonzo, and a wildman, by none other than the respected author Anthony Neil Smith. So when Pearce Hansen’s second novel, Stagger Bay, arrived a week or two ago, we decided to drop him a line and find out more about it. Hansen comes from the San Francisco[…]

Five of the best: Literary crime fiction


The whole literary versus genre argument just won’t go away will it? There are two ways to settle it. Either Ian Rankin and William Boyd go mano-a-mano in no-holds barred cage fight, or we all show a little grace and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere. With that in mind here are[…]

Death Comes to Pemberley


Written by PD James — Most famous for her Adam Dalgleish and Cordelia Gray mysteries, PD James has more than 20 works to her name in a career spanning almost 60 years. Last summer, it was revealed that her next novel would be a crime novel based on her favourite book, Pride and Prejudice. Since[…]

Those Who Kill… a preview


It’s Danish. That’s enough for quite a few crime fiction lovers out there. So when ITV3 airs Those Who Kill at 10pm tomorrow night (23 February) we reckon plenty of people who read our site will be tuning in. We’re fans of The Killing and Wallander and this programme has the same director, so we[…]

We are on Goodreads, and more news…


Apologies, it’s been quiet in terms of reviews and features for the last couple of days. More are in progress, we promise. And, plenty has been going on behind the scenes too. We want more people to be able to find our book reviews, interviews and articles from the world of crime fiction so we’ve[…]

Get Death in Spiggs Wood FREE


Today and tomorrow – that’s 22 and 23 February 2012 – you can download Linda Gruchy’s self-published crime novel Death in Spiggs Wood for free on Amazon. As the title suggest, Spiggs Wood in Essex is at the heart of the action. Kickboxing champion Meg Rusher has shot one man and wounded another, and while[…]



Written by Sam Bourne — Sam Bourne is the nom de plume of Guardian political journalist Jonathan Freedland. In his last novel, The Final Reckoning, he examined how far the Nazis reached sympathisers where you’d not expect them. In Pantheon he reappraises WWII again, this time looking at certain things that went on behind the[…]