DavidPrestidge has written 263 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

Good-bye 2014, hello Tess Gerritsen

On the Radar – This will be the last On the Radar article of 2014, as next week our Thursday publication day coincides with Christmas Day. However, we will be back on 1 January 2105 briskly for a new year of crime fiction. During 2014 we have pointed you in the direction of well over[…]

Hollywood is going ape

On the Radar – Let’s start off with the most off the wall sounding book this week, then look at a set of further new releases that includes all-action heroes, hitmen, strange customs in backwater towns, bloody battles in Northern Ireland, and Bloody Marys to was them down with. Will any of these new releases[…]

DavidPrestidge: Top five books of 2014

It has become tradition here at Crime Fiction Lover for each of our contributors to share their top five crime books of the year past, each December. I’m first up and for me it’s been a year of clever British authors coming up with unique plotlines, as well as a good helpings of atmospheric Southern[…]

Small, but perfectly formed

On the Radar – This week we have our usual choice of full length novels, but also several novellas and a collection of short stories. The short story is reputedly one of the hardest forms of fiction to master, and the American science fiction writer Michael Swanwick put it perfectly when he said, “…each short[…]

Sins of the Father

Written by Graham Hurley – In England’s West Country, DS Jimmy Suttle is called in to investigate the brutal murder of Rupert Moncrieff, a wealthy octagenarian living out his days in a house called Magharibi.  Moncrieff was an ‘old Africa hand’, and among the tribal masks and mementos of his colonial days are a collection[…]

NTN: Ten to taste 2014

If you check our reviews backlist, you will see that we cover the giants of crime fiction, past and present. The names of Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle rub shoulders with those of Lee Child, PD James, Val McDermid and James Lee Burke. But there are only so many hours[…]

NTN: Code Runner

Written by Rosie Claverton – Amy Lane is one of the more intriguing characters in British crime fiction. We are not entirely certain what she looks like, except that she is frequently greasy-haired, unwashed, dishevelled, and malnourished. She is also a chronic agoraphobe, and hardly ever leaves her house – paid for by an elaborate[…]

Silent night, deadly night

On the Radar – The strap line for our first book – written by the appropriately named Jim Gallows – says it all this week. There will be no cessation of hostilities between the killers out there and the cops who chase them this Christmas. A plethora of crime authors and their publishers will see[…]

The Brits are coming

On the Radar – We have an exclusively British line-up this week, with one of our featured authors being born in Scotland, and another in Wales, while the rest are English. With the honourable exception of Kaye Furnivall’s book set in Italy, all the other books are firmly set in the UK. Sins of the[…]

NTN: The Man from Berlin

Written by Luke McCallin – Captain Gregor Reinhardt won the Iron Cross while serving in the trenches with the German army in World War I. After a spell between the wars where he became one of the best detectives in Berlin’s Kriminalpolizei, he has reluctantly accepted a commission in the Abwehr, the German army’s military[…]

NTN: An introduction to Caffeine Nights

This November we take a look at one of the UK’s brightest and most innovative new publishers, Caffeine Nights. Founded in 2007 and based in Kent, the company publishes some of the best crime talent around, and is supporting New Talent November as a sponsor. Shaun Hutson and Nick Oldham are already well established in[…]

Some light escapism?

On the Radar – This week the prolific American author David Baldacci provides us with a mystery taking place in the US military which promises some fast-paced escapism. We’ve got historical crime fiction novels set in WWII, the Elizabethan court and Civil War America, plus a nice cosy by Simon Brett to cap it off.[…]