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Killer Plan


Written by Leigh Russell — In 2009, this Leigh Russell was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Cut Short, the first book to feature DI Geraldine Steel. Killer Plan is number seven and I was looking forward to finally sampling a series which had hitherto passed me by. Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver and Peter[…]

The Invisible Man From Salem


Written by Christoffer Carlsson, translated by Michael Gallagher — Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy’s Best Crime Novel Award in 2013, The Invisible Man From Salem by Christoffer Carlsson is now available in the UK. The book introduces us to the world weary, disgraced Internal Affairs officer, Leo Junker. When a young woman is found murdered[…]

The White Van


Written by Patrick Hoffman — This is a story about what happens when people get in way over their heads. The short answer is nothing good. And the long answer, unfolding in this page-turner of a thriller, involves all kinds of bad. At the center of the story is 31-year-old Emily Rosario, a down-on-her-luck San[…]



Written by Paul Finch — A former copper, journalist and screenwriter for The Bill, Paul Finch has had Kindles and Kobos buzzing with his DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg series. Stalkers, the first Heck book, boasts over 180,000 ebook sales so far. The second, Sacrifice, set records for pre-orders. Hunted is the fifth in the series, but the first[…]

The Star of Istanbul


Written by Robert Olen Butler — James Bond has had plenty of literary rivals, none of whom have quite measured up to the British spy, but Christopher Marlowe ‘Kit’ Cobb just might. The war correspondent turned Secret Service agent is American and he’s from an earlier era (this novel is set in 1915). Nevertheless, readers of[…]

And Sometimes I Wonder About You

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Written by Walter Mosley — New York PI Leonid Trotter McGill has a chaotic personal life. His wife is lying in a care home, broken and depressed as a result of years of mutual betrayal and infidelity. His brother is serving a life term in an Indiania prison. His son is out there, somewhere in[…]

You Are Dead

You Are Dead

Written by Peter James — Earlier this year, Peter James was voted Best Crime Writer of All Time by followers of the WH Smith blog, taking the title by a landslide. His hugely popular Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 16 million copies worldwide and been translated into 36 languages, while a couple of his stories have been turned[…]

The Silent Boy

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Written by Andrew Taylor – Already a triple winner of the CWA Historical Dagger, Andrew Taylor has been nominated once again for his latest book and must be a strong contender for the 2015 prize, which is presented on 30 June. The Silent Boy, a menacing and powerfully atmospheric novel set during the French Revolution,[…]

The Killing Lessons


Written by Saul Black — With the strapline ‘Stalk. Kidnap. Kill. Repeat.’ you can probably guess that Saul Black’s debut crime novel is a serial killer thriller. In The Killing Lessons, three stories are interwoven, linked by a pair of sadistic serial muderers known for leaving cryptic items inside the bodies of their mutilated victims. The first[…]

The Slaughterman

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Written by Tony Parsons — London copper Max Wolfe first appeared last year in The Murder Bag. Now he returns to track a sadistic killer who has butchered four members of a wealthy family, and kidnapped their youngest child. The family thought themselves secure in their upmarket gated estate, but their sense of wellbeing is proved bloodily[…]

Ruins of War

The Ruins of War

Written by John A Connell — This is a crime debut for John A Connell, a Paris-based author. Once a cameraman, he has worked both in Hollwood and for the small screen. Ruins of War features a former cop  – Mason Collins – who is working as a criminal investigator with the American military police in the shattered[…]

The Golden Age of Murder


Written by Martin Edwards – Britain’s Golden Age of detective fiction produced some of the greatest and most enduring crime writers, including Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. “The crime novel, like the world itself, is ruled by the English,” said Bertolt Brecht during this period. For readers who want to know more[…]


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