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10 of the best Golden Age crime novels

Enter a Murderer

Easter is here, a time to be with family, enjoy hot cross buns and maybe even a chocolate egg or two. If all that wears a little thin, the long weekend is also a great time to indulge in your passion – reading crime. Whether it’s in the shade of a favourite old tree or[...]

£100 off crime writing course in Tuscany

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Fancy sharpening up your crime writing skills at The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany? And how does some expert help from bestselling crime author Meg Gardiner sound? What if you could get £100 off the price of the week-long course as well? It all sounds pretty enticing, and this is exactly what’s on offer from[...]

Your top 10 crime releases of 2014 (so far)


Every now and again it’s interesting to see what visitors to Crime Fiction Lover are enjoying, according to our site statistic. So as the third month of 2014 comes to a close, we thought we’d take a look at which book reviews are getting the most attention. It’s a great gauge as to what’s popular[...]

New police force, new challenges for Scottish authors


What lovers of police procedurals demand in their reading is a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be a police investigator. But what happens when police procedures change in the real world? It’s a problem writers in Scotland have been facing since the establishment of Police Scotland a year ago. There are now 24,000[...]

The 20 best crime shows of all time


Though we’re a booky bunch here on Crime Fiction Lover, we do love watching crime dramas and cop shows on TV. All the better if they’re written by leading crime authors. So we decided to pool our brain power and choose the best crime shows of all time. All our contributors have taken part in[...]

WIN Irène, Alex plus crime books worth £50


Co-winner of the CWA International Dagger in 2013, Pierre Lemaitre is the French crime writer to watch at the moment. Following the success of his fast-paced, gritty Parisian thriller Alex, Quercus is releasing the prequel, Irène, today for Kindle! To celebrate, the publisher is giving UK readers of Crime Fiction Lover the opportunity to win[...]

Crime graphic novels: Five of the best


Back in 1986, the wildfire success of Frank Miller’s stunning comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns led publishers to take a serious look again at comics and graphic novels as a format for delivering gritty crime stories. While most graphic novels remain in the realm of the superheroes, horror and the paranormal, there are some[...]

Interview with Pierre Lemaitre


Pierre Lemaitre is fast becoming one of the most respected and versatile writers in France. After enjoying huge popular success with his award-winning crime fiction, in 2013 he went on to win the Prix Goncourt, the highest literary prize in France, for his moving novel about the aftermath of World War I. His first novel[...]

James Patterson reigns supreme in UK libraries


The American thriller writer James Patterson was the most borrowed author in UK libraries last year, according to data released today by Public Lending Right. Patterson has held first place since 2007, with books such as the 11th Hour, Guilty Wives and I, Michael Bennett securing the position for him over the last year. James[...]

Interview: Peggy Blair


Based in Ottawa, Peggy Blair had a career as a human rights lawyer before she became a crime novelist. Though she battled to get it published, her debut The Beggar’s Opera (Midnight in Havana here in the UK) won plaudits far behond Canada’s borders and was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2010. It[...]

Japanese crime fiction: Five of the best


Today we’ve invited Australian translator and crime fiction expert Louis Bravos to join us on the site to share some of the best he’s seen in Japanese crime fiction… The Japanese love to read. A combination of near-universal literacy and long commute times means that you’re likely to see trains full of everyone from high[...]

A classic revisited: The Big Bow Mystery


The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill wasn’t the first locked room mystery ever published. That accolade goes to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1841. However the 1892 book is widely regarded as the first full length novel to feature a murder in an enclosed space where it[...]