Cold Rain

Written by Craig Smith — It’s taken a while for us to get round to reviewing Craig Smith’s Cold Rain, which was published late last year, but given its long listing for the CWA’s Ian Fleming…

The Impossible Dead

Written by Ian Rankin — First a confession: we here at CFL are enormous fans of Ian Rankin. Everyone has their favourite crime fiction character – the enabler detective who first turned their love of the…

Be a character in DE Johnson’s next book!

To celebrate the release of his latest novel, Motor City Shakedown, crime fiction writer DE Johnson is offering anyone who reviews the book the chance to become a character in his next novel, Detroit Breakdown.…

The Sea Detective

Written by Mark Douglas-Home – Mark Douglas-Home is a writer of outstanding reputation. As a journalist he has garnered the kind of status that most hacks dream of, culminating in a tenure as editor of Scotland’s…

The new Kindle and Amazon Fire tablet

Amazon today announced a new tablet computer called the Kindle Fire, and a redesigned, smaller, lighter and cheaper Kindle. The Kindle Fire confirms rumours we reported on earlier, and is being sold alongside the new…

The Drop

Written by Howard Linskey — David Blake is a classic good-guy gangster. Like Tony Soprano, he’s in a comfortable position that involves little obvious law breaking, but much of the associated reward. This world is…

Ned Kelly Award winners announced

The 16th annual Ned Kelly Awards has named Brit-born Alan Carter this year’s winner of the Best First Fiction prize for his book, Prime Cut, which explores the dark underbelly of the Australian mining industry and…

Good as Dead

Written by Mark Billingham – Good as Dead is the fifth Tom Thorne novel, and the first since last year’s TV dramatisation that fortified Mark Billingham as one of the UK’s premium crime fiction novelists.…

New Amazon Kindle Tablet

Technology websites this week have been heralding news on the forthcoming Kindle Tablet from Amazon, rumoured to be released in November. The reports hint at a totally new device, to be sold alongside Amazon’s existing…

Cold Kill

Written by Neil White – The coupling of journalist and police detective is a well-worn crime fiction convention; as reassuring as any literary model, from the tragic anti-hero to gritty underdog. Neil White’s latest escapade…

Jo Nesbo and real-life crime

Jo Nesbo and his mysterious detective Harry Hole are responsible for some of the biggest selling Nordic crime fiction releases in recent years. Here in the UK, Redbreast and The Snowman have each been hugely…

The BBC looks at crime fiction

For our non-UK fans, the BBC’s Time Shift is an excellent documentary series that runs on BBC4. The last two programmes in the series have tackled some of our favourite topics; Nordic Noir: The Story…

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Our five favourite crime fiction locations

In the world of crime fiction, location is everything. From the seedy underbelly of the city to the unpredictable countryside, our favourite crime writers create places of intrigue and suspense, where danger lurks around every…