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It’s crim up north for Wordpool Festival

Blackpool’s Wordpool Festival of words is in its ninth year – and 2015 sees the resort welcoming its most eclectic mix of authors yet, with a healthy splash of crime fiction thrown in. The fun begins on Wednesday, with a launch party that promises plenty of fizz and the chance to meet and greet some[…]

First look: Taking Pity

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Number four in David Mark’s DS McAvoy series has landed on the doormat – and it is sporting a bleakly atmospheric cover photo for the UK market. Quite what the bleached animal skull featured on the US cover is supposed to convey, we’re not really sure. Don’t find many of those on the banks of the[…]

Planet Normal?

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On the Radar — Yes, that peculiar creation of Harry Bingham – DC Fiona Griffiths – is back with her alternative take on policing in a new mystery set in Wales. We’ve also got psychological thrillers, Alaskan chillers, and historical blood spillers. There’s even visit to the remote Falkland Islands with the excellent Sharon Bolton.[…]

Take One With You writing competition

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The indie author Oak Anderson came up with a unique concept when he wrote Take One With You. The idea was that depressed and disgruntled young people on the verge of suicide would form a movement using social media, and swear to take one of their tormentors with them when they committed that ultimate act[…]

First look: The Hanging Girl

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On 3 September, the Danish author Carl Valdemar Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen will have as many of his Department Q books available in English as he has names. That’s right, because today Crime Fiction Lover was down at the Royal Mail delivery centre picking up a real brick of a book that wouldn’t fit through the[…]

NDOTB – New detective on the block

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On the Radar — Yes, this week there’s a new detective on the block, introduced by Northern Irish author Stuart Neville. DCI Serena Flanagan will be keeping the scum at bay on the streets of Belfast and we kick off OTR this week with her first case. Add to that a new Sebastian Bergman novel, one[…]

Agatha Christie photo exhibition

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Fans of the Golden Age, Poirot and Marple – note the date 26 August in your diary. No, they haven’t dug up a nearly finished early manuscript by the great Agatha Christie to publish anew, but they have found a treasure trove of photos of the author from the her private collection. The images will be[…]

Maigret for ITV

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First, in 2013 Penguin decided to re-release the entire Maigret series by Georges Simenon at a rate of one a month. Now, in 2015, there’s more excitement for fans of the detective as an ITV dramatisation of two Maigret stories has been announced. At The Groucho Club in London on Saturday 13 June, the Literary[…]

A Devil Under the Skin, and more…

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On the Radar — Anya Lipska’s series featuring a Polish detective in London receives its latest addition this week, and we’ve got a brick of a book by Greg Iles – both of which will be reviewed soon here on Crime Fiction Lover. People trafficking, immigration, race and national security all feature as themes in[…]

The BritCrime Festival

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Mark the dates 11-13 July in your diary if you love reading crime and hanging out online. A band of 41 (yes, forty-one precisely) British crime authors  are holding the festival under the title BritCrime. Some of the names include Mason Cross, Alex Marwood, Mark Edwards, Eva Dolan, CL Taylor and Sarah Hilary, and the[…]

Big trouble in real China

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On the Radar — Could Cath Staincliffe’s latest release be one of the hottest books this summer? It’s the story of how a young woman goes missing while teaching English in China and her parents go out there to find her. We’ve also got a new book from Norwegian legend Gunnar Staalesen, some hot-looking pulp releases,[…]

Canada’s Arthur Ellis Awards 2015

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A few days ago at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Canada celebrated its finest crime authors with the annual Arthur Ellis Awards. It’s a set of gongs given out by The Crime Writers of Canada and is named after the pseudonym used by Canada’s official hangman. The name was first used by Arthur[…]

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