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DavidPrestidge

DavidPrestidge has written 246 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

New books with Bosch, Cross and Scarpetta

On the Radar – Our headline might sound a little like a particularly voracious law firm, but any crime fiction fan worthy of the name will know that we are talking about Harry, Alex and Kay – three central characters who have notched up an amazing 61 titles between them. This is an exciting time of[...]

At Death’s Window

Written by Jim Kelly – Conflicts between criminals tend to be called ‘wars’. Thus we have turf wars, drug wars, and even scraps between rival ice cream vendors which are known as ice cream wars. But here we have a first. In At Death’s Window we bring you samphire wars. Samphire is an edible plant which[...]

Dealing in seaweed

On the Radar – It is to Jim Kelly that we owe our eccentric headline this week. In his upcoming release At Death’s Window, we’ll be treated to a scenario where drug dealers muscle in on the samphire market. Never before, to our knowledge, has an edible seaside plant lead to such death and destruction.[...]

Compulsion

Written by Bruce W Perry – Karl Standt has a back story. The former New York cop, now a private investigator, is still regaining his health after broken bones and a drug addiction were the price he paid for tracking down a missing heiress. All this happened in Gone On Kauai, which we reviewed back[...]

Grisham takes us to Gray Mountain

On the Radar – This week’s biggest crime release comes from the pen of John Grisham who, as he normally does, puts a high flying lawyer in an unfamiliar situation and tests their moral grit. Of course, there’s a compelling storyline and backdrop to it as well. Gray Mountain is for lovers of legal thrillers.[...]

Are you ready for Hop-tu-naa?

On the Radar – If our headline has you confused, Hop-ti-naa another word for Halloween – it’s the Manx version of that night of mischief and sweets. However, on the Isle of Man it’s linked all the way back to pagan lore. And more than that, British author Chris Ewan has made it the central[...]

The Soul of Discretion

Written by Susan Hill – In the quiet cathedral city of Lafferton there are cries in the night. Children’s cries. Odd incidents come to light, and before too long the authorities realise that they have the nightmare of child abuse going on around them. Eventually the professionals wake up to what is going on, and[...]

Silence the Dead

Written by Jack Fredrickson – Author Jack Fredrickson is based in Chicago, and has written four crime thrillers featuring a down-and-out Windy City investigator called Dek Elstrom. This is a standalone story, but still set in Illinois. Silence the Dead begins in 1982 in the little town of Grand Point. The simple but voluptuous teenager Betty Jo Dean is[...]

A Last Act of Charity

Written by Frank Westworth – JJ Stoner was a special forces soldier. He is now a freelance investigator who knows how to kill men without shedding a tear or suffering any flicker of conscience. His most regular employer is a government spook known only as The Hard Man, who uses JJ to tidy up messes which the[...]

CIS: Classics by Bloomsbury Reader part 2

Earlier this month we looked at the five new digital reprints of classic British crime fiction, brought to you by Bloomsbury Reader our sponsor for this year’s Classsics in September. This digital imprint specialises in classic crime titles, some of which have been out of print for years. As ebooks, they’re a great introduction to[...]

The Soul of Discretion, and more…

On the Radar – Heading up our new releases this week is a new novel by Susan Hill. Sleep sweetly, though. She is not in scare-the-pants-off-you mode, but she is wearing her making-you-think hat, with another thought-provoking case for DCI Simon Serrailler in his cathedral city. More criminal intent is guaranteed with novels featuring a[...]

Personal

Written by Lee Child – Jack Reacher, once a major in the US Military Police and now a drifter, is on a bus. That it is not unusual for Reacher. He doesn’t own a car or carry a suitcase, and when his clothes wear out he just buys new ones. Along with him on the bus are[...]