Andre: Top five books of 2014

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…

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The Secret Place

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…

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…

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…

The Fever

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,…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

Crime school rings its bell

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…

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Dare Me

“At first, cheer was something to fill my days, all our days. Age fourteen to eighteen, a girl needs something to kill all that time, that endless itchy waiting, every hour, every day for something…

FREE magazine: Underground Book Club issue 2

Attention London commuters who love crime fiction! We’ve been working for a little while now with a start-up publication called Underground Book Club and today issue two of their free magazine is being distributed at…

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Dare Me

Written by Megan Abbott — “At first, cheer was something to fill my days, all our days. Age fourteen to eighteen, a girl needs something to kill all that time, that endless itchy waiting, every…

Criminal heroes! Seven of the best

By definition, there are always criminal characters in crime fiction books, and even the good guys sometimes have to take part in illegal or immoral acts. But books where the main character is a full-time…

HoCaM: Top five crime books of 2011

I can’t say definitively that these are the best books because I haven’t read everything out there, and who am I to decide for others, right? But these five novels all touched me, thrilled me,…

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