CIS: Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock

The story of how Dutch diplomat Robert van Gulik came to write the 16 murder mysteries featuring legendary Tang Dynasty jurist Dee Jen-djieh – AKA Judge Dee – is almost as fascinating as the novels…

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CIS: A classic revisited – Savage Season

Joe R Lansdale is a veteran writer of more than 25 years. He started out writing short stories for the independent press – mainly horror and thrillers. It’s something he still does, but has now achieved considerable mainstream…

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Welcome to Classics in September 2015

The leaves are turning and the kiddies are heading back to school where books, books, books are the order of the day – and classics, at that. For this reason we always like to turn…

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Interview: Michael Koryta

Having a new book published is an anxious time for any writer, no matter how experienced. But when Stephen King said ‘You can’t put this baby down’ Michael Koryta’s new release, Last Words, that must have…

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A gazetteer of British crime: Scotland

A sense of place is one of those vital ingredients which can be crucial in a crime fiction novel. Maigret’s rainy Paris suburbs, Marlowe’s neon-lit LA, Harry Hole’s snowy Oslo streets – the locations are inseparable…

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First look: James Patterson’s Murder House

We don’t normally do first look articles for James Patterson’s releases – perhaps because his fans know exactly what they’re going to get. But this one’s a bit different. Instead of the usual print, ebook…

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Interview: Kati Hiekkapelto

Scandinavian crime fiction carries on booming, but the Finns are settled there just on the edge. As a people, lots of them don’t associate themselves with the rest of Scandinavia (though lots do). In terms…

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First look: Liar Liar by MJ Arlidge

Penguin wanted to have some fun with its mail-out for the fourth MJ Arlidge novel, Liar Liar. The book arrived in a mysterious box, and was further concealed in a red fire blanket cover. Accompanying it were some sparklers,…

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Five years of Kindle, five great Kindle crime books

There were two little birthdays this week. One was for Crime Fiction Lover. Yes, happy birthday to us, we are four years old. More widely reported, however, has been the fifth birthday of Amazon’s UK…

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First look: Rebus is back!

Just a couple of days ago Ian Rankin tweeted to us that his new book was read to go to the printers, but we had no idea it would arrive with us so quickly. So,…

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A Hollywood star for Raymond Chandler?

It was Raymond Chandler’s birthday a few weeks ago and Twitter was abuzz with one-liner quotes from the hardboiled crime novels he wrote in the 1930s and 40s. Even today, over 50 years since his…

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Interview: Meghan Tifft

Meghan Tifft works in the English Department at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and has extended her linguistic abilities by penning a new crime novel. The Long Fire comes out on 11 August…

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First look: new from Finland

You know that we’re crazy about cold climate crime here on Crime Fiction Lover, and in 2013 I was lucky enough not only to visit Finland but to do so just as I was reviewing…

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