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16 wonderful things about Harrogate 2014


Over the weekend – 17 to 20 July – crime authors from around Britain, and all over the world, made their annual pilgrimage to Harrogate for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. One of them had a special mission. In addition to attending talks and sharing thoughts with similar-minded writers, Craig Robertson was Crime[...]

Bastille Day Special: The best of French crime fiction


On 14 July, all of France celebrates Bastille Day. On this day in 1789, the infamous Paris prison was stormed by the mob, thus heralding the Revolution and the end of the ancien régime. To honour the occasion, the lovers of French crime fiction within our team have selected the very best Fench crime books[...]

Interview: Emma Healey


Emma Healey has restored old books and designed and made new books. She’s seen books being printed, sold them in bookshops and issued them in libraries, and even met her partner, Andy, in a Waterstones! Now, after five years of writing, Emma has produced a book of her own and Elizabeth is Missing – a[...]

Interview: Douglas Lindsay


The Scottish author Douglas Lindsay is already internationally known for his Barney Thomson series, in which a dour Glasgow barber finds himself at the centre of a very bizarre and violent set of mysteries. With Robert Carlyle currently filming The Legend of Barney Thomson for release in 2015, Lindsay has changed tack and written a[...]

The dark heart of Brazil

A killer, maybe, For a few dollars?

Images of Brazil and the beautiful game are all over our screens at the moment, so it’s a fitting time to see the country represented in crime fiction as well. After books set in very cold places – the Ukraine and Russia – British writer Dan Smith‘s next novel, The Darkest Heart, takes place in[...]

What’s in this bloody box?


Today an unusual package arrived on the doorstep at Crime Fiction Lover HQ. Somewhat worryingly, it had to be signed for. Ever more concerning were the splats and smudges of blood. Opening it, we found a postcard with a QR code on it reading Eeny Meeny as well as a blood-stained rag and a book.[...]

World Cup Special – The beautiful game in crime fiction


In case you missed it, the World Cup kicked off this week. It’s that time every four years when it seems that everyone, no matter what their day job or what colour flag they wave, sits down to watch football for an entire month. All over the world people will be switching on to see[...]

A grand tour of Euro Noir with Barry Forshaw

August Heat

Years ago – even before InterRail – it was the fashion for young aristocrats to enjoy a grand tour of Europe, taking in all the imperial capitals and centres of culture and commerce along the way. With so many excellent European novels available in translation it’s now possible to take your own virtual tour of[...]

Interview: Ari Marmell

Today we welcome the American author Ari Marmell to the site. The author of Hot Lead, Cold Iron, has a big reputation in horror and fantasy circles, and in his latest novel has blended Celtic mythology with crime fiction. His latest here, Mick Oberon, has a wand holstered where his .44 should be but in[...]

Interview: Jørn Lier Horst


When he won the Glass Key Award for his novel The Hunting Dogs last year, Jørn Lier Horst joined an elite band of Scandinavian crime authors that includes Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Arnaldur Indridason. And with three of his novels now translated in to English, and a fourth on the way, his[...]

Micro interview: Nicci French


Earlier this week, we were asked to take part in the Dead Good Fiction Festival, organised by Random House. An online event, it featured Nicci French on 28 May, and Sharon Bolton and Karin Slaughter on the 29th and 30th respectively. Crime Fiction Lover was invited to post a question for Sean French and Nicci[...]

Interview: Clare Donoghue


Back in 2011, Clare Donoghue’s manuscript The Watcher was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. It didn’t win but she stuck with it and last year the book came out as Never Look Back. An incredible debut novel, it has made our current Recommended list (below to the right). Today Clare joins us to talk[...]


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