Classics in September – a recap

Classics in September — Well, we’ve come to the end of our month celebrating classic crime fiction. We hope you’ve found it interesting and enjoyable, and perhaps even added a book or two to your…

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CIS: Revisiting Mr Ripley

Classics in September — “I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” – Tom Ripley. Okay, so Anthony Minghella put those words into Ripley’s mouth for the…

CIS: The Great Detectives

Classics in September — The Great Detectives: The World’s Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked by Their Authors — Edited by Otto Penzler — “The Ubermensch, the superman, has almost vanished with the culture that extolled singular…

CIS: The House of Silk

Written by Anthony Horowitz – Taking up where that crime fiction genius Arthur Conan Doyle left off, Anthony Horowitz sets his Holmes novel, out now as a paperaback, one year after the great detective is…

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE!

On the Radar — This week our mailbag has been positively overflowing with review requests and we were spoilt for choice when writing our new books column. There’s a futuristic cosy mystery set on the…

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CIS: Derek Raymond and The Factory

Classics In September — Our classics series has featured such household names as Arthur Conan Doyle, James M Cain and Jim Thompson, all of whom have sold millions of books, inspired film and TV adaptations…

Off the Record: the sequel

Former Crime Fiction Lover contributor Luca Veste has teamed up with crime author Paul D Brazill to produce a sequel to last year’s short story compilation Off the Record. No prizes for guessing the title,…

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Interview: Michael Robotham

Australian-born author Michael Robotham began his career as a journalist and then turned to ghostwriting, penning many best-selling autobiographies for the likes of Geri Halliwell, Lulu and Ricky Tomlinson. His novels have proved an international…

CIS: False Negative

Classics in September — False Negative by Joseph Koenig — Joseph Koenig was nominated for an Edgar for Floater, his first novel, back in 1986. He subsequently went on to write Little Odessa, a walk…

Guest column: TF Muir on Tartan Noir

Not long ago, the town of Stirling hosted Bloody Scotland, a literary festival dedicated to the one of the country’s finest exports: crime fiction. Tartan noir has arguably become as well known as Scotch whisky.…

CIS: Revisiting Maigret

Classics in September — Let’s proceed to Place des Vosges in Paris. Here, in a modest flat on the second floor, Commissaire Maigret lives in quiet marital harmony with his wife Henriette. She is cooking…

CIS: False Scent

Classics in September – False Scent by Ngaio Marsh – It was back in 1934 that the first book featuring Ngaio Marsh’s gentleman detective, Roderick Alleyn first appeared. A Man Lay Dead kicked off a…

Interview: Sara Sheridan

The Edinburgh-based author Sara Sheridan has produced a raft of critically acclaimed novels spanning contemporary and historical fiction, along with books for children and teens. So, it was only a matter of time before she…

CIS: WIN a four-book Hard Case Crime bundle

Classics in September — Just as the hardboiled anti-heroes of those old pulp novels in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were doggedly determined whenever they got their teeth into a case, the American publishing house…

CIS: Great old crime books, new as eBooks

Classics in September – On The Radar – This week our books news brings you a message from our sponsors, Open Road Media along with publishing partner Mysterious Press. Not wishing to miss out on…

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CIS: The Cocktail Waitress

Classics in September — The Cocktail Waitress by James M Cain — James Mallahan Cain was born in Maryland in 1892. After returning from WWI, where he wrote for an army magazine, he continued working…

The Lost Girls of Rome

Written by Donato Carrisi — For fans of Italian crime books, Donato Carrisi seems to be the up-and-coming writer. The Lost Girls of Rome is his second novel and he is building up a reputation…