NTN: The Life We Bury

Written by Allen Eskens — The Life We Bury is Allen Eskens’ first novel, but you’d really never know it, from prose that approaches the poetic, to the carefully constructed mystery within. It’s only been…

NTN: The Black Hour

Written by Lori Rader-Day — The Black Hour, Lori Rader-Day’s very confident debut, takes a look at the nature of evil among the hallowed halls of academia. The novel begins about 10 months after Dr…

Eyes on You

Written by Kate White — Robin Trainer is ecstatic at the success of her new book, and she loves her even newer job as a host of a nightly entertainment show too. Success hasn’t come…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Ordinary Grace

Written by William Kent Krueger — William Kent Krueger is already well known for his Cork O’Conner mystery series, but he has given us something a little bit different in Ordinary Grace. It’s the summer of…

Dog in the Manger

Written by Mike Resnick –– Ex-cop Eli Paxton is an honest to goodness hero. Fat lot of good it’s done him though. It did get him into the pages of Newsweek and even a biography that…