Archive for September, 2012

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 ‘to read’ list. Over the last 30 days we’ve looked at Sherlock Holmes, a raft of noir and hardboiled books,[…]

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 1999 film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr Ripley, but in writing them he cut straight to 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 men performing singular deeds.” In 1977, Otto Penzler, the founder of Mysterious Press and Edgar Award winner decided to gather[…]

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 found dead at his home. Dr John Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ companion and biographer, narrates what he believes is one of[…]



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 Moon, plus an intriguing debut that delves into the darker side of voodoo. Meanwhile, Fidelis Morgan, who is know for[…]

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 and can truly be said to have stood the test of time. Today we look at someone who was so[…]

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, but Off the Record 2: At the Movies does bring with it a change of theme. Whereas each writer penned[…]

Interview: Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham photo (c) Stefan Erhard

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 success and been translated into more than 20 languages. He has twice won Australia’s Ned Kelly award for best crime[…]

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 in the underbelly of New York; Smugglers Notch, a story of murder in snowy Vermont; and in 1993 published Brides[…]

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. But how can we account for the disproportionate success of Scottish authors in recent years? Glasgow-born TF Muir is the[…]

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 his dinner or knitting, while he dreams of growing tomatoes in retirement at his country house in the Loire valley.[…]

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 series that would total 32 novels and conclude 48 years later with Light Thickens. False Scent came somewhere in the[…]