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Something more sinister


On the Radar – If you’re looking for dark tales of murder and mystery, you’ve come to the right place. This week, new additions to the crime fiction bookshelf include Graham Ison’s latest WWI-set Hardcastle novel, a futuristic tale by Dean Koontz, some new Scottish crime fiction, and more. You’ll even find one book in[...]

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[...]

DCI Banks in Abattoir Blues, and more…

On the Radar – Yes, fans of Peter Robinson can rejoice as the 22nd Banks novel hits the presses, but that’s not all. We’ve got nine other new titles for you to contemplate this week including something set in 16th century Italy as well as a set of gritty Wyoming-based short stories. Whatever your poison,[...]

Should I drink this strange brew?


First there was The Shining Girls. And to promote Lauren Beukes’ the time traveling serial killer novel HarperCollins sent out a ViewMaster unit with creepy imagery in the slides. Today an odd shaped package has arrived containing – among other things – a strange blue concoction. The question is, do I drink it? It’s been[...]

Mr Rankin the playwright

Dark Road

On the Radar – This week we have two curiosities among the exciting new releases. Firstly – and this is certainly a first for CFL – we have the script of a stage play. Publishers wouldn’t normally expect scripts to sell particularly well, but seeing as the main author is none other than Ian Rankin,[...]

Here comes the sun

The Sun is God

On the Radar – Adrian McKinty’s latest book heads up our new releases this week. His recent work has been set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, but this time he takes us to the South Seas and back to 1906. Among other writers competing for your attention this week are Ed Kurz with a[...]

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.[...]

1919 and all that

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On the Radar – Given it’s the centenary of the beginning of The Great War this year, what better place to start than a book based on that monumental conflict. However, even if you don’t like WWI spy thrillers, there’s plenty more to grab you including the latest from Dan Smith, a new installment in[...]

Stephanie Plum is back for novel number 21

Top Secret Twenty One

On the Radar – One of America’s top female authors – Janet Evanovich – is top of our pile this week as we look at the latest crime fiction releases. Meanwhile, we’ve also got some hot new summer picks from Steve Mosby, Jonas Winner and James Carol. Which ones will make it onto your reading[...]

Silkworms, Sicilians and spies… or you can watch the World Cup

On the Radar – World Cup fever has us in its grip, but before your favourite country has even been eliminated from the competition you’ll be able to get your hands on the latest Robert Galbraith novel, Silkworm, which comes out next week. While players dazzle us on the world stage with their silky skills,[...]

The dance of the detectives

Face Off

On the Radar – The most interesting release this week has to be Face Off, in which some of crime fiction’s most famous detectives are paired off to dance their way through various crimes. With the anthology edited by David Baldacci, it looks like it’ll be a great one to read during your commute. We’ve[...]

First look: The Day of the Jackal deluxe


If you love high quality printing, the feel of a hefty hardback in your hand, the smell of ink, paper and binding glue, as well as artful illustrations with your crime fiction, then this is the book for you. The Folio Society, which specialises in reprinting classics using the classiest of traditional production values, has[...]


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