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Death Sentences

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Edited by Otto Penzler – While crime fiction may be the biggest seller by genre, the dedicated crime bookshop has become an endangered species. In his introduction to this excellent anthology, Ian Rankin recalls his US book tours of the late 80s, a time when many American towns were home to an independent bookshop specialising in[…]

NTN: Hellbound: The Tally Man

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Written by David McCaffrey – Britain’s Next Bestseller, with its crowd-backed approach, is making a bold statement on today’s publishing scene. They’re publishing the books people want to read, and it’s refreshing to see that those who backed author David McCaffrey want something a bit different. By day this author is a nurse working in[…]

NTN: The Life We Bury

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Written by Allen Eskens — The Life We Bury is Allen Eskens’ first novel, but you’d really never know it, from prose that approaches the poetic, to the carefully constructed mystery within. It’s only been a month since 21-year-old Joe Talbert left his Austin, Minnesota home to start college at the University of Minnesota. His[…]

NTN: The Last Projector

Written by David James Keaton – American indie publisher Broken River Books has received a good deal of critical acclaim for the books it has published over the last couple of years, building up an impressive backlist featuring some of the best of the new wave of crime fiction writers like Jedidiah Ayres (Fierce Bitches,[…]

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro

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Written by Edogawa Rampo, translated by William Varteresian – Edogawa Rampo was the pen name of Taro Hirai, a Japanese author active from 1923 until his death in 1965. He is known as the father of Japanese detective fiction and his work – particularly his early writing – proved that a tightly plotted work of detective[…]

NTN: Maybe I Should Just Shoot You in the Face

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Edited by Paul D Brazill – Zelmer Pulp is an indie publisher using a core stable of new writers along with the occasional guest to produce themed genre anthologies. A lot of effort goes into producing great looking books with a diverse range of takes on any particular theme, but they Zelmer doesn’t take itself[…]

NTN: Mrs Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

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Written by Mark Reutlinger – Not all crime books have to be gory, graphic or downright dangerous. For example, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries tend to tax the brain without unsettling the stomach, while Alexander McCall Smith’s No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books feature a traditionally built female sleuth whose most potent weapon is her common sense.[…]

NTN: The Few

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Written by Nadia Dalbuono – This is the intriguing debut from an author who is originally from the UK but now lives in Italy, where The Few is set. The story focuses on Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a once powerful mafia figure. Scamarcio has turned his back on the family business and is[…]

NTN: The Man from Berlin

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Written by Luke McCallin – Captain Gregor Reinhardt won the Iron Cross while serving in the trenches with the German army in World War I. After a spell between the wars where he became one of the best detectives in Berlin’s Kriminalpolizei, he has reluctantly accepted a commission in the Abwehr, the German army’s military[…]

NTN: Blood in the Tiber

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Written by Annelise Freisenbruch — Rome, 70 BC and life for Hortensia, daughter of the famous orator Hortensius, should be going along the privileged path laid out for her. However Hortensia (also referred to by her nickname, Horty) isn’t your average Roman woman. She has inherited her father’s vocal skills and strength of character and[…]

Flesh and Blood

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Written by Patricia Cornwell – Have you ever been stuck in an interminable traffic jam on the motorway? One where time seems to slow down as you stare, bored, out of the window and pray for rescue? In a nutshell, that’s how I felt while reading this book. Flesh and Blood is the 22nd to[…]

NTN: The Forgotten Addiction

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Written by Michael Lion – This is Michael Lion’s second novel and it follows on from The Butcher’s Granddaughter in 2009, also published by American independent New Pulp Press. Lion has found a novel way to update the PI genre – by making the protagonist in his series a snitch. Where exactly Bird sits in[…]

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