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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

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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

Offshore

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

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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[…]

The Brits are coming

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On the Radar – We have an exclusively British line-up this week, with one of our featured authors being born in Scotland, and another in Wales, while the rest are English. With the honourable exception of Kaye Furnivall’s book set in Italy, all the other books are firmly set in the UK. Sins of the[…]

Some light escapism?

The Escape

On the Radar – This week the prolific American author David Baldacci provides us with a mystery taking place in the US military which promises some fast-paced escapism. We’ve got historical crime fiction novels set in WWII, the Elizabethan court and Civil War America, plus a nice cosy by Simon Brett to cap it off.[…]

Two writers better than one?

Blue Labyrinth

On the Radar – Today we start with two books written by top crime writing duos. First up Preston and Child are back with their 14th Pendergast FBI story, and then it’s Evanovich and Goldberg whose heroine Kate O’Hare also happens to be an agent. After that we line up six more books and even[…]

Free book: ChooseThePlot

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Ever been reading a book where the main character creeps up the stairs, and reaches for a door handle, knowing the killer is in the next room? Ever thought, ‘No way I’d do that!’? Well a new story has cropped up recently where the reader gets to choose what happens. When we were at the[…]

Brighton gothic

A Twist Of The Knife

On the Radar – In a collection of diverse short stories by Peter James we discover an even darker side to the Brighton author, and they include a tale featuring his famous detective Roy Grace. Inspector Montalbano is back as well, and so is Roberta Kray with a new London gangland thriller. Other books among[…]

The Crime Thriller Awards 2014 – the winners

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Last night at London’s famous Grosvenor House on Park Lane, the great and the good of the crime fiction world were hosted by Specsavers, sponsor of the ITV Crime Thriller Awards. Celebrating crime television, film and books, the event saw three new inductees to the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame – Scottish author Denise Mina,[…]

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