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The Hanging Wood – Martin Edwards

By ScotKris:  Martin Edwards returns to his series of Lake District Mysteries with this, the fifth volume, The Hanging Wood. 20 years after Callum Hinds disappeared, presumed dead, and with … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson

By now, most of you will realise that this novel is the 2011 winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.  We’ve already seen plenty of reviews and experienced … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Pirate King – Laurie R. King

Review by ScotKris. The latest adventure for the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films, where the pirates are real … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Into Dust – Jonathan Lewis

In the Brecon Beacons, the Minister for Defence is blown apart by a car bomb and, right under the nose of DCI Ned Bale.  The security cameras had been disabled … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Sister – Rosamund Lupton

If you haven’t heard of this book then you must have been in a coma.  Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, a massive commercial success, a Sunday … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

The Dispatcher – Ryan David Jahn

In Bulls Mouth, Texas seven year old Maggie was snatched from her bedroom.  Seven years later, still not found, she is declared dead.  The only way her mother was able … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Cuckoo – Julia Crouch

The past year has seen a rise in psychologically-based women-in-jeopardy type novels and Julia Crouch’s Cuckoo is one that stands out from the crowd. Rose receives a call from her … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

An Agent of Deceit – Chris Morgan Jones

Chris Morgan Jones’s An Agent of Deceit was recently longlisted for the CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for 2011 and this first novel has been compared to the work … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Cold Kiss – John Rector

If you fancy giving your heart a little exercise without employing too many other muscles in the body, sit down and read this short novel.  It’s tense and a sense … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Frozen out – Quentin Bates

Who stepped in to sort out Iceland’s financial mess?  Its women.  What is one of the trends are we seeing in crime fiction at the moment?  Strong female protagonists; women … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

The Terror of Living – Urban Waite

Take a deep breath before you get into this one.  This is a debut novel that defies its label of ‘debut’.  Had the author not written anything before?  Really?  The … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Guilty Plea – Robert Rotenberg

‘After all these years on the bench, I’ve come to think we all have three lives.  Our public life, our private life and our secret life.  We all have secrets.  … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 8 Comments

Writing Crime Fiction: Making Crime Pay – Janet Laurence

[Second edition reprinted by Aber Publishing in 2011, first published in 2007 by Studymates.] Without doubt, crime fiction is popular and commercially successful.  Many enjoy reading it and many harbour … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 6 Comments

White Heat – M J McGrath

Blessed be those who release us from the grip of the Scandinavian crime novel and invite us to take some time out on the tundra. M J McGrath – Melanie … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

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