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Andre: Top five books of 2014

The Fever (Megan Abbott)

Re-issues have made up much of my reading this year, from the ambitious reprint project of the Maigret series (alongside the first English edition of Simenon’s startling psychological novel The Mahé Circle) to the scandalous 1980s PI debut from Julian Barnes’s alter ego Dan Kavanagh, and the 75th anniversary edition of Geoffrey Household’s relentless Rogue[…]

The Secret Place

The Secret Place, Tana French UK

Written by Tana French — Famed for her mastery of suspense and character, Tana French is one of those crime novelists admired by her peers as much as her readers. The Irish author’s fifth novel arrives with blurbs from Stephen King, Kate Mosse and Sophie Hannah. A rich, absorbing read that goes deeper than your[…]

The best holiday crime fiction for 2014


So, the summer is here, the sun is high in the sky, and it’s time for a holiday. Whether you’re having a stay-cation this year, or heading somewhere more exotic like Thailand, Italy, New Zealand or Tierra del Fuego, one thing’s for sure: you need to load your suitcase full of crime fiction books. Or,[…]

Broken Monsters


Written by Lauren Beukes — Detroit always has the potential to be a compelling backdrop to a crime novel, and in the hands of the wildly inventive Lauren Beukes this decaying city becomes a bad dream. The South African writer made her name with science fiction novels – smart cyberpunk debut Moxyland and the Arthur[…]

The Fever

The Fever (Megan Abbott)

Written by Megan Abbott — With her early, noirish crime novels, Megan Abbott revisited the hardboiled tradition and period detail of 1950s LA from a female character’s perspective. Her more recent books, including Dare Me, have focused on the mystery and intrigue surrounding teenage girls. From that description you might expect something suited to Young[…]

PulpCurry: Top five books of 2012


It’s been a great year for crime fiction and trying to narrow the books I have read down to a top five is not easy. Before I get onto that, however, as has been my past practice I’m going to cheat and hand out a few honourable mentions. Scott Wolven’s wonderful short story collection, Controlled[…]

MyBookishWays: Top five books of 2012


Ahhhh, top five lists. These are always rather tough for me, because I read a lot, and 2012 has been a wonderful year for crime, mystery, and suspense. The year has seen new releases from debut crime authors such as Andy Siegel with his humour-infused legal thriller Suzy’s Case, Mark Pryor’s international mystery The Bookseller,[…]

CIS: The Cocktail Waitress


Classics in September — The Cocktail Waitress by James M Cain — James Mallahan Cain was born in Maryland in 1892. After returning from WWI, where he wrote for an army magazine, he continued working as a journalist before focusing on novels and screenplays. His first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was published in[…]

CIS: Jonathan Santlofer on crime writing


Classics in September — Today we’re honoured to present a guest column by one of the most respected names in crime fiction – Jonathan Santlofer. The author of numerous bestsellers in the genre, including The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, Anatomy of Fear and The Murder Notebook, last year he helped found the[…]

CIS: The top five women of noir


Classics in September — Several months ago we discussed five of the best American novelists currently writing in the hardboiled tradition. All of the writers featured in that piece are top-notch crime authors – but they also had something else in common: they were all men. So this time, let’s take a look at some[…]

The Last Kind Words


Written by Tom Piccirilli — The buzz about this book has been building in my household throughout the summer. I’ve read a lot of what Tom Piccirilli has written – hardboiled or horror – and rarely been disappointed. When Crime Fiction Lover favourites like Lee Child and Megan Abbott began to sing its praises, my[…]

Crime school rings its bell

Elmore Leonard will teach you to write, and sign your book.

New York’s Crime Fiction Academy – part of the Center for Fiction in the city – is enrolling students for its Fall 2012 semester and there are still some places left on the course. Over 12 weeks, would-be crime authors will attend writing workshops, monthly masterclasses with top authors, reading seminars and special lectures and[…]