DavidPrestidge has written 301 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

But… aren’t you dead?

On the Radar – We’ll start this week with a book with lots of weird goings-on as Helen Goltz brings us a case of dead children apparently returning from the grave, along with comic book characters in a veritable costume mystery. Our new releases also include some historical crime fiction, an eco-thriller, a thriller set in[…]

Prayer for the Dead

Written by James Oswald – Edinburgh DI Tony McLean is back, and there seems to be a rather nasty killer on the loose. When an investigative journalist is found both naked and dead – his throat cut – that’s one thing. Quite another is that his body has been found in the mysterious man made[…]

Interview: James Craig

James Craig is the author of the popular London-based crime thrillers featuring Inspector John Carlyle, which began with London Calling just about when we started Crime Fiction Lover in 2011. With the new episode, Sins of the Fathers, just published, he talks to us about himself, his writing and his main character, John Carlyle Firstly, tell our[…]

Books of Prey

On the Radar – It’s a week for deadly killers, and intrepid detectives to hunt them down. Let’s start off with the latest Jefferson Winter novel by James Carol, entitled Prey. We’ve also got an action-packed debut set in London, some historical crime fiction and a novelisation based on the US TV series Elementary. Let’s not forget[…]

The Evil Thereof

Written by Iain McDowall – Iain McDowall was born in Scotland, but now lives in the English Midlands, wherein lies his fictional town of Crowby. Inspector Frank Jacobson last appeared in Envy The Dead (2009), and now he returns as sharp as ever, but with an inch or so more on his waistline and a big[…]

Killer plants and Killer Reads

On the Radar – This week we bring you the latest book by Louise Voss, with a title that parallels the carnivorous Venus Fly Trap plant with the demeanour of her antagonist. We’ve also got the first in the Killer Reads series of ebooks from HarperCollins and a selection of murderous tomes that cover drownings, shootings,[…]

Sins of the Fathers

Written by James Craig – Inspector John Carlyle is a wearily decent copper, working in the heart of London. He lives with his long-suffering wife and teenage daughter in a block of council flats not far away. Permanently tired, struggling to make ends meet but fiercely honest, he is one of the more credible of[…]

QUIZ: Name that UK crime show tune

This weekend we have a musical treat for lovers of British crime fiction, and a chance to win big thanks to Penguin Books. First of all, watch the YouTube video embedded above. Well, not so much watch as listen. Playing you will hear clips from the theme tunes to 10 popular UK crime shows from[…]

Is it the work of Satan?

On the Radar – We’ve got a sensational headline for you this week because in our lead book DI Savage seems to be dealing with a satanic killer operating on those eerie crags of Dartmoor. Crime authors have also delivered a tale of obsession, cat and mouse games played with the police, and a Scottish anti-hero,[…]

Cemetery Girl

Written by David Bell – Tom Stuart is a professor of English in an un-named town in America. He and his wife Abby sit amid the ruins of their slowly crumbling marriage, a disintegration brought about almost entirely by the abduction of their 12-year-old daughter. Four years have passed, with neither sight nor sound of[…]

Fear, darkness and sin

On the Radar – This week we have the welcome return of Inspector John Carlyle in another London-based police procedural, while there is also a hint of love in the air well ahead of 14 February with three novels by American ladies – Erica Spindler, Kendra Elliot and TR Ragan. Who can resist sweetening murder and[…]

Express train to death – Railways in crime fiction

One of this month’s big crime releases is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. And when you think about it, railways have often featured as a backdrop in crime fiction. Murder on the Orient Express is, perhaps, the archetypal Golden Age crime novel, after all. But why has train travel been such a[…]