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Raven: Top five books of 2014

The Dark Angel

Looking back over my crime reading of 2014 and compiling my top five, it suddenly occurred to me that my fascination with American and Scandinavian crime has been usurped. This year my selection consists entirely of French and Italian novels, and to be honest there were others from these countries that could quite easily have[…]

Marina Sofia: Top five books of 2014

The Long Way Home

2014 has been a year of discovering the joys of crossovers, or books which push the boundaries and extend the definition of crime fiction. Think Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters or Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven, with their mix of YA, horror, dystopia police and literary fiction. However my top books of the year veer[…]

Keith Nixon: Top five books of 2014


I read far too much, and 2014 has been no exception. As well as going back to old favourites I also like to find new authors too. It’s a special feeling when you read a book and immediately connect. And so this year’s top five reads are absolutely this mix of the old and the new. They’re[…]

Jeremy Megraw: Top five books of 2014


Despite this year’s abundant crime fiction harvest, picking the five best books to enjoy with your eggnog was a relatively easy task for me. And with some of these titles, you may even go back for seconds. It seems like every year the market looks towards Scandinavia for books to translate, and 2014 was no exception.[…]

The best crime shows of 2014


While the main focus of Crime Fiction Lover has always been on books, books and more books, we do love crime fiction television too. And films, apps and games for that matter. In fact, one of the most popular articles on our site is our listing of the 20 all time greatest crime shows. It’s[…]

Nagaisayonara: Top five books of 2014


2014 has been a bumper year for international crime fiction, and it’s no co-incidence that my top five for this year visits almost every continent on earth (no offense South America, I was limited to five…) The year also saw a brilliant selection of crime fiction translated into English, with several great novels coming from[…]

DavidPrestidge: Top five books of 2014

Strange Death

It has become tradition here at Crime Fiction Lover for each of our contributors to share their top five crime books of the year past, each December. I’m first up and for me it’s been a year of clever British authors coming up with unique plotlines, as well as a good helpings of atmospheric Southern[…]

Interview: Lesley Thomson

Photo by Emily Andersen

Lesley Thomson burst onto the literary scene with her breakthrough novel, A Kind of Vanishing, which won the People’s Book prize in 2010. She has since gone on to write two novels featuring accidental detective Stella Darnell – The Detective’s Daughter and Ghost Girl. Set in London, both reached the pinnacle of the Amazon charts[…]

New Talent November 2014 – a recap

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Yes, it’s been a few days since the curtains fell on November and we slipped into the chilling darkness of December. Yet like a bone-white, cadaverous hand bursting from the frosty earth to grip at life after a premature interment, we must rise again and look back on New Talent November 2014. It was a[…]

PD James (1920-2014) remembered


No one was surprised at the outpouring of emotions and tributes following the sad passing of Baroness PD James last week. Over the course of five decades she had burrowed herself into our hearts and minds with her complex and subtle crime novels. She is generally regarded as the grande dame of crime, the link[…]

NTN: Ed Kurtz interviewed


Today we talk to Ed Kurtz, whose novels The Forty-Two, Freight and Angel of the Abyss, represent some of the best indie crime fiction written this year. We’ve reviewed the latter two recently on the site and they both scored five stars. Kurtz’s stories combine enthralling characters in a finely-detailed and atmospheric setting to produce[…]

NTN: Ten to taste 2014


If you check our reviews backlist, you will see that we cover the giants of crime fiction, past and present. The names of Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle rub shoulders with those of Lee Child, PD James, Val McDermid and James Lee Burke. But there are only so many hours[…]


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