Golf, Lawrence Block, morgues and manners

Lawrence Block with a cigar. I’ll buy that for a dollar. Lawrence Block drinking a whiskey on the rocks. You can have a buck for that too. But Lawrence Block on the golf course. Nah,…

The Storm Without

Written by Tony Black — ‘Irvine Welsh’s favourite British crime writer.’ That is one hell of plaudit to live up to, but Tony Black has proven time and again that he is fully deserving of…

Slip & Fall

Written by Nick Santora – Creative writing courses consistently tell their charges to write what you know. Nick Santora used to be a lawyer. Hopefully he’s never been a Mafioso, but after a career change…

Interview: Ariel S Winter

Ariel S Winter’s first novel The Twenty-Year Death is bound to appeal to fans of the mid-20th century noir and hardboiled crime fiction we often cover on the site. Formerly a librarian, a bookseller and…

Burning Midnight

Written by Loren D Estleman — With more than 20 written over a 30-year period, the Amos Walker books must represent one of the longest running private eye series ever. Based in Estleman’s Detroit, with…

The Book of Souls

Written by James Oswald — James Oswald’s first foray into crime fiction, Natural Causes, has become a bona fide word-of-mouth hit. With over 100,000 downloads in a couple of months it dominated the Kindle free…

House Blood: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

Written by Mike Lawson –  House Blood is Mike Lawson’s seventh Joe DeMarco thriller. DeMarco is a dogged, if not heroic, protagonist, and House Blood is fresh and filled with tension. Joe DeMarco is a lawyer…

Euro 2012: the Crime Fiction Lover standings

Have you been watching the Euro 2012 football championship? It seems to have been a little more interesting than some of the other recent international competitions, with a less hype and some good contests. The…

Do you judge a crime book by its cover?

They say you should never judge a book by its cover and most of the time that’s true. I don’t know about you but when I look at most thrillers these day’s I’m pretty un-thrilled.…

Interview: James Oswald

If you’re one of the 100,000 people who downloaded James Oswald’s book Natural Causes last month you’ll already understand why he’s been such a hit. He writes supernatural-tinged crime novels that seem perfect for fans…

Talking to the Dead

Written by Harry Bingham — DC Fiona Griffiths is a complete oddity in the ranks of the South Wales Police. She studied philosophy at Cambridge, neither smokes nor drinks, has a father with a distinctly…

Morgue drawers and murder…

On the radar — England, Germany and, yes, Scandinavia! This week our selection of new and forthcoming crime fiction definitely has a Northern European, Teutonic accent to it. So bring on the mead and ale,…

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Killer’s Island

Written by Anna Jansson — Welcome to the pretty medieval town of Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Full-time population: 20,000. Number of summer visitors: 800,000. The perfect place to celebrate…

66 North: Fire & Ice Book II

Written by Michael Ridpath — When we first met Detective Magnus Jónsson of the Boston Police Department in Where the Shadows Lie, he was seconded to Reykjavík Violent Crimes Unit and followed the trail of…

Interview: Danielle Ramsay

Danielle Ramsay is the author of the Jack Brady novels, set in the north eastern seaside resort of Whitley Bay. The first instalment, Broken Silence, was a dark and gritty journey into the corrupt heart…

Darkness All Around

Written by Doug Magee — With so many writers seemingly content to meet genre expectations, it’s nice to come across an author not so easily satisfied. Magee isn’t just trying to write a suspenseful thriller…