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NTN: Until the Debt is Paid


Written buy Alexander Hartnung, translated by Steve Anderson – Until the Debt is Paid was Alexander Hartnung’s second novel in German, and the first to feature his Berlin detective Jan Tommen. After a weekend of hard drinking, Tommen wakes up with the mother of all hangovers and gaps in his memory. He’s also the principal[…]

Death Sentences


Edited by Otto Penzler – While crime fiction may be the biggest seller by genre, the dedicated crime bookshop has become an endangered species. In his introduction to this excellent anthology, Ian Rankin recalls his US book tours of the late 80s, a time when many American towns were home to an independent bookshop specialising in[…]

NTN: The Life We Bury


Written by Allen Eskens — The Life We Bury is Allen Eskens’ first novel, but you’d really never know it, from prose that approaches the poetic, to the carefully constructed mystery within. It’s only been a month since 21-year-old Joe Talbert left his Austin, Minnesota home to start college at the University of Minnesota. His[…]

NTN: The Man from Berlin

The Man From Berlin

Written by Luke McCallin – Captain Gregor Reinhardt won the Iron Cross while serving in the trenches with the German army in World War I. After a spell between the wars where he became one of the best detectives in Berlin’s Kriminalpolizei, he has reluctantly accepted a commission in the Abwehr, the German army’s military[…]

Flesh and Blood


Written by Patricia Cornwell – Have you ever been stuck in an interminable traffic jam on the motorway? One where time seems to slow down as you stare, bored, out of the window and pray for rescue? In a nutshell, that’s how I felt while reading this book. Flesh and Blood is the 22nd to[…]

NTN: The Cost of Doing Business


Written by Jonathan Ashley – As a reader of crime fiction, sometimes I get a little concerned that the novels I love glorify the criminal life, that they may be somehow encouraging me to seek a life of gun, gangs and drugs. Then a novel like The Cost of Doing Business comes along and rather[…]

NTN: Forty Days Without Shadow


Written by Olivier Truc, translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie – New Talent November isn’t just about books penned in English, we’re interested in translations too. In the case of Olivier Truc – a French journalist living in Stockholm – it is all the more remarkable that the translation of this 2012 debut has been so prompt.[…]

NTN: Murder on the Second Tee


Written by Ian Simpson — Ian Simpson was a criminal defence barrister at the Scottish bar and later became a judge, rising as to the High Court. He made his literary debut back in 2008 with Murder on Page One, which was short listed for the Debut Dagger by the Crime Writers’ Association that year. Murder[…]

NTN: The Waiting Game


Written by Sheila Bugler – After an impressive debut last year with Hunting Shadows, Sheila Bugler returns with The Waiting Game. It’s her second London-based police procedural featuring DI Ellen Kelly. The first book focused on the abduction of a young woman, which proved a tricky and dangerous case for our eminently likeable detective, and[…]

NTN: Russian Roulette


Written by Keith Nixon – Caffeine Nights is one of our partners for New Talent November 2014, and author Keith Nixon is a contributor to our site. The cynical amongst you might therefore figure the fix is in, but at Crime Fiction Lover take our responsibility to provide impartial advice about what your next crime[…]

NTN: The Devil in the Marshalsea


Written by Antonia Hodgson – Debut novels rarely have quite the impact of The Devil in the Marshalsea, which is currently part of the sales-boosting Richard and Judy Book Club with WH Smith. It was also nominated for the CWA John Creasy Dagger and won the CWA Historical Dagger, though you don’t need to be[…]

The Lazarus Prophecy

The Lazarus Prophecy

Written by FG Cottam — British writer FG Cottam made his debut back in 2007 with his highly successful paranormal thriller, The House of Lost Souls. This novel has subsequently been published in 15 languages, and won him the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night Award, not to mention being a Times Book Group choice.[…]


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