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You Are Dead

You Are Dead

Written by Peter James — Earlier this year, Peter James was voted Best Crime Writer of All Time by followers of the WH Smith blog, taking the title by a landslide. His hugely popular Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 16 million copies worldwide and been translated into 36 languages, while a couple of his stories have been turned[…]

The Silent Boy

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Written by Andrew Taylor – Already a triple winner of the CWA Historical Dagger, Andrew Taylor has been nominated once again for his latest book and must be a strong contender for the 2015 prize, which is presented on 30 June. The Silent Boy, a menacing and powerfully atmospheric novel set during the French Revolution,[…]

The Killing Lessons

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Written by Saul Black — With the strapline ‘Stalk. Kidnap. Kill. Repeat.’ you can probably guess that Saul Black’s debut crime novel is a serial killer thriller. In The Killing Lessons, three stories are interwoven, linked by a pair of sadistic serial muderers known for leaving cryptic items inside the bodies of their mutilated victims. The first[…]

Disintegration

Disintegration

Written by Richard Thomas — Anyone familiar with Thomas’s neo-noir anthology The New Black will know the author is a fan of the dark stuff. So you won’t be surprised to learn that Disintegration, subtitled A Windy City Dark Mystery, is pitch black in tone. The un-named protagonist of Thomas’ noir thriller exists rather than lives.[…]

The Slaughterman

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Written by Tony Parsons — London copper Max Wolfe first appeared last year in The Murder Bag. Now he returns to track a sadistic killer who has butchered four members of a wealthy family, and kidnapped their youngest child. The family thought themselves secure in their upmarket gated estate, but their sense of wellbeing is proved bloodily[…]

Ruins of War

The Ruins of War

Written by John A Connell — This is a crime debut for John A Connell, a Paris-based author. Once a cameraman, he has worked both in Hollwood and for the small screen. Ruins of War features a former cop  – Mason Collins – who is working as a criminal investigator with the American military police in the shattered[…]

The Golden Age of Murder

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Written by Martin Edwards – Britain’s Golden Age of detective fiction produced some of the greatest and most enduring crime writers, including Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. “The crime novel, like the world itself, is ruled by the English,” said Bertolt Brecht during this period. For readers who want to know more[…]

I Let You Go

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Written by Clare Mackintosh — I Let You Go might be Clare Mackintosh‘s crime debut, but as a journalist she is an established writer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Good Housekeeping and WI Life. If you’re into suburban or kitchen sink noir, this sounds like a very promising start, doesn’t it? This writer[…]

No Doves

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Written by Andy Boot — Set in 1991, No Doves is a violent and unsettling read from the outset. Based in the East End of London, in the grip of the urban regeneration of the Docklands area, the book opens with the discovery of a corpse sans hands floating in the River Thames. The unfortunate[…]

I’m Dead Again

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Written by Keith Nixon — Our site is blessed with a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable contributors ready to bring you the latest news and reviews, covering every subgenre of crime fiction from cosy to hardboiled. It’s no surprise when one of our fold break ranks to become a published author. Past contributors like Eva[…]

The Children of Silence

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Written by Linda Stratmann –– There seems to be a great appetite for crime fiction set in Victorian times at the moment, and we’ve recently reviewed The Strings of Murder, The Infidel Stain and, of course, the strangely titled Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Mad Bear. In The Children of Silence we step back in[…]

The Infidel Stain

The Infidel Stain

Written by Miranda Carter — London, 1841. It’s the fourth year of Queen Victoria’s reign and the city is riven by the first stirrings of proper democracy. The Chartists have put forward a six-point pathway which will, if adopted, totally reform the way in which the country is governed. Against this backdrop we have what seems to be a[…]

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