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Are you ready for Hop-tu-naa?

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On the Radar – If our headline has you confused, Hop-ti-naa another word for Halloween – it’s the Manx version of that night of mischief and sweets. However, on the Isle of Man it’s linked all the way back to pagan lore. And more than that, British author Chris Ewan has made it the central[...]

The Soul of Discretion, and more…

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On the Radar – Heading up our new releases this week is a new novel by Susan Hill. Sleep sweetly, though. She is not in scare-the-pants-off-you mode, but she is wearing her making-you-think hat, with another thought-provoking case for DCI Simon Serrailler in his cathedral city. More criminal intent is guaranteed with novels featuring a[...]

A different French connection

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On the Radar – No, there hasn’t been a re-issue of the great 1971 movie. Our French connection this week is via two new novels set in France, written by Frédérique Molay and ML Longworth. If French crime isn’t your tasse de thé, then how about a killer with exotic sexual habits, a stalker thriller, a rookie[...]

First look: The Rebus short stories

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Readers can’t get enough of Edinburgh’s irascible detective, and on 9 October you’ll be able to get you hands on a new Rebus book. Author Ian Rankin’s latest is not a novel though, instead it’s a collection of 27 short stories that run in chronological order and follow Rebus’ activities in between the 19 novels,[...]

New James Ellroy out today!

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On the Radar – There are some big beasts trampling around in the crime fiction jungle this week. If we flag up the names Ellroy, Kellerman, Coben and Mosse, that should be enough to persuade most readers to raid their wallets, but we also have a crime fiction debut by the respected political commentator Andrew[...]

First look: Poirot in The Monogram Murders

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They say that print is dead. Well if that’s the case then death is beautiful. Minutes ago there was a thud on the welcome mat here at Crime Fiction Lover HQ and what a thud it was. Inside the envelope we found this gorgeous printing of The Monogram Murders. Due out on 9 September, the[...]

Val’s back – and so is Poirot

On the Radar – It’s a case of, ‘Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the ladies,’ this week, as we look at a new Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah’s recreation of Poirot, and another nail-biting psychological drama from Ann Cleeves. And in addition to books by some of Britain’s top female authors, we’ve also[...]

WIN The White Cottage Mystery

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Every Thursday during Classics in September, we’re offering you the chance to win a classic crime novel by Bloomsbury Reader. Head to our Facebook page today and you can enter to win The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham. Our draw is open until midnight Pacific time today, 4 September 2014, and is open to[...]

Welcome to Classics in September 2014

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September marks a turning point in the year. Summer is in its twilight, the leaves will soon be turning, a new academic year begins, and we begin to think of warm, indoor pursuits. Top among them for us is getting back to some classic crime fiction. While autumn sees the world’s publishers releasing their big[...]

A Dickens of a murder

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On the Radar – We’ve seen Conan Doyle turned into a sleuth in the past – in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, for instance, and this week we’ve uncovered a release which features none other than Charles Dickens in the role of crime solver. There’s more historical crime fiction too, a new release by Faye[...]

First look: Easy Rawlins in Rose Gold

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Each book in the Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley comes with a colour in the title. The first was Devil in a Blue Dress, and the last one we saw was Little Green in June 2013. The latest gives us two colours for the price of one – Rose and Gold, and here’s the[...]

Fritz Lang’s M resurrected by BFI

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One of the earliest and best psychological crime films – Fritz Lang’s M – is to be screened around the UK and Ireland starting early September. The British Film Institute is releasing a newly restored version of the German movie, promising pin-sharp picture quality and chilling audio. M stars Peter Lorre as the child murderer[...]

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