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Dead men wear gingham, sometimes

The Corpse Wore Gingham

On the Radar – It’s said that dead men don’t wear plaid, but according to American author Ed Lynskey gingham is an acceptable fabric for a murder victim. We like that. We like that very much indeed. So he can head up this week’s round-up of new crime releases. Will you be reading any of[…]

First look: The Strings of Murder


Penguin’s designers have done it again. This copy of The Strings of Murder buy Oscar de Muriel landed on our doorstep today and you can’t help but love its elegant, modern take on late Victorian typography, can you? The book has a rich matt finish that borders on feeling rubberised, and a nice tactile deboss[…]

Back to Barchester

Barchester Murders

On the Radar – Anthony Trollope visits his own fictional cathedral city of Barchester in our headline title this week, while in the present day we have novels featuring international corruption, a failed journalist hunting a beautiful missing musician, and a serial killer whose knowledge of surgery is matched only by his obsessive tidiness. Add[…]

NBA legend to pen Sherlockian mystery


Footballer and manager Terry Venables did it in the 1970s. Champion jockey AP McCoy did it just last year. And now the former LA Lakers all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is to join them and write a crime novel. The retired athlete – one of the greatest in his sport – has teamed up with the screenwriter[…]

A Cure for ACD

On the Radar – Do you have a bad case of ACD? Don’t worry, it’s not a new acronym for badly behaved schoolchildren to wear as a badge. It’s that glum feeling when the Christmas tree is put out for the bin men and the decorations are back in the cupboard under the stairs. Yes,[…]

The first crime novels of 2015


On the Radar – Happy New Year and welcome to our very first On the Radar report of 2015. These new releases might be the first of the year, but they could also be some of the best. Eva Dolan follows up her smash hit debut Long Way Home with Tell No Tales, and we[…]

Good-bye 2014, hello Tess Gerritsen

Die Again

On the Radar – This will be the last On the Radar article of 2014, as next week our Thursday publication day coincides with Christmas Day. However, we will be back on 1 January 2105 briskly for a new year of crime fiction. During 2014 we have pointed you in the direction of well over[…]

Get a free ebook from Caffeine Nights


Today we got an email from the independent crime publisher Caffeine Nights, and it had a pretty tasty Christmas offer inside that you too can take advantage of. The company is giving everyone who has subscribed to its email newsletter their choice of a free ebook from their digital bookshelf. If you’re already a subscriber[…]

Hollywood is going ape

13 Hollywood Apes

On the Radar – Let’s start off with the most off the wall sounding book this week, then look at a set of further new releases that includes all-action heroes, hitmen, strange customs in backwater towns, bloody battles in Northern Ireland, and Bloody Marys to was them down with. Will any of these new releases[…]

Small, but perfectly formed


On the Radar – This week we have our usual choice of full length novels, but also several novellas and a collection of short stories. The short story is reputedly one of the hardest forms of fiction to master, and the American science fiction writer Michael Swanwick put it perfectly when he said, “…each short[…]

Charity short story competition


Britain’s Next Bestseller has teamed up with Scriggler.com to launch a new short story competition for aspiring crime writers. It opened today and runs until 31 January 2015, and they’re looking for 10 fantastic crime stories to fill a charity anthology. Stories need to be up to 7,500 words and written in the crime genre.[…]

Silent night, deadly night

The Christmas KIller

On the Radar – The strap line for our first book – written by the appropriately named Jim Gallows – says it all this week. There will be no cessation of hostilities between the killers out there and the cops who chase them this Christmas. A plethora of crime authors and their publishers will see[…]


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