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MyBookishWays has written 43 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

The Farm

Written by Tom Rob Smith – Daniel lives with his partner Mark in London, and while he’s not exactly secure in his career, he is secure in his relationship. Five months ago his parents, Chris and Tilde, left London and everyone they knew behind to make a life on a remote farm in Sweden. For[...]

Sugar Pop Moon

Written by John Florio — It’s 1930 and Jersey Leo, aka Snowball, is a mixed-race albino working at the Pour House, a speakeasy in Hell’s Kitchen during Prohibition. He’s described as ‘…a walking cup of coffee with a splash too much milk.’ It doesn’t matter that his boss, Jimmy McCullough, is known as one of[...]

The Abomination

Written by Jonathan Holt — In Venice, a woman’s body, clothed in the robes of a Catholic priest, washes up during one of the city’s regular bouts of flooding. She’s been shot in the head twice, and mysterious tattoos point to possible occult involvement. Detective-Colonel Aldo Piola is at the scene along with his new[...]

A Commonplace Killing

Written by Siân Busby — Siân Busby tragically passed away in 2012, but she gave us two non-fiction works (A Wonderful Little Girl and The Cruel Mother), a children’s book, and two works of fiction entitled McNaughten and A Commonplace Killing. The latter she finished shortly before she died. It’s 1946 and a woman’s body[...]

Poppet

Written by Mo Hayder – Odd things have been happening at Beechway’s psychiatric unit, and AJ LeGrande, recently promoted from his nursing position, is becoming increasingly worried, not only about his staff, but about the patients. Workers have been calling in sick in order to avoid the nightshift and AJ has been doing more than[...]

Interview: Robert Rotstein

With a background of more than 30 years as an attorney in the entertainment industry, Robert Rotstein has seen a thing or two… Now he’s taken some of that experience, blended in some fictional crime and Hollywood drama, and come up Parker Stern, a lawyer who has seen better days, and who seems to get[...]

Voodoo Eyes

Written by Nick Stone – PI Max Mingus has settled into his routine of investigating cheating spouses when what would usually be a fairly standard case turns decidedly not-so-standard. However, that case takes a swift back seat when Max gets a call from his old partner, Joe Linton, who’s at a murder scene of a[...]

Gone

Written by Mo Hayder —  On the eve of this year’s Edgar awards, we bring you a review of a book by one of last year’s big winners, Mo Hayder. Gone begins with a carjacking, but in the back of the car was a 12-year-old girl. Detective Jack Caffery is positive that the girl will[...]

Untold Damage

Written by Robert K Lewis – Waking up with the needle still in his arm is a new one for ex-cop Mark Mallen, and a new low. He’s spent the past four years of his life as a heroin junkie, a descent that began during undercover work with the San Francisco Police Department. He knows things[...]

MyBookishWays: The five books that got me hooked on crime fiction

A little while back, we asked a simple question on Twitter: what books got you into crime fiction? Well, our twitter account was buzzing for three or four days – the topic really caught the imagination of crime fiction lovers. So we decided that everyone on the CFL team would write a piece listing the[...]

Five of the best: Cosy mysteries from the USA

Alongside the darker world of police procedurals and thrillers, cosy novels are the palate cleansers of the crime fiction world. They usually have whimsical covers and most always have a happy ending, or at least a satisfactory resolution. Now, in the mystery genre – at least in the US – cosies have certain ‘rules’. Usually[...]

Skin

Written by Mo Hayder – Sergeant Flea Marley, head of Avon and Somerset’s underwater search unit, is deep beneath the surface of one of eight flooded limestone quarries, hoping to find a clue, or a body. The quarries are arranged in a horseshoe shape and number eight, the quarry that Flea is searching, nearly touches[...]