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Avison Fluke series by M.W. Craven

  If you like crime fiction, you really should know the name M. W. Craven by now. His Washington Poe novels have gathered fans far and wide since The Puppet Show published in 2018, he’s been praised by the biggest names in thriller writing from Peter James to Martina Cole, and at the end of […]

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A Tribute to M.C. Beaton

We’re very saddened by the passing of our beloved author M.C. Beaton who passed away in December at the age of 83.     As author of the much-loved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series she was adored by many readers and to honour her memory we have pulled together some of her extremely impressive […]

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Nine Elms

Is there anything better than when one of your favourite authors starts writing a new series? When Robert Bryndza, internationally bestselling author of the Detective Erika Foster series, announced a new project I knew it was going to be good. Damn good. But then Nine Elms blew my expectations out of the water. It’s his […]

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An extract from Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

  AUTUMN 1995   CHAPTER ONE   Detective Constable Kate Marshall was on the train home when her phone rang. It took a moment of searching the folds of her long winter coat before she found it in the inside pocket. She heaved out the huge brick- like handset, pulled up the antenna and answered. […]

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A Messy Affair

  Well, if Mrs Hinch wrote crime books, this is what she would do! Liz Mundy’s Hungarian protagonist Lena (rhymes with ‘trainer’) is a cleaner whose services the houses of the rich and famous in Islington. This is her third outing for Constable, and here she is thrown into the world of reality TV when […]

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past: A Nathan Sutherland short story by Philip Gwynne Jones

  This story takes place a few months before the events of the first Nathan Sutherland novel, “The Venetian Game.”   Christmas is a time for telling stories but tales, of course, always grow in the telling. This is not, therefore, a definitive account of what happened to Nathan during a rather bleak period in […]

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Someone Else’s House

It’s time to start making a crime book pile for Christmas – and if you like psychological thrillers mixed with toxic friendships and overseas settings, you should add Someone Else’s House to that pile. This gripping thriller is the follow up to the excellent Trust Her, and entirely worth a look if you want to […]

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Desert Island Crime with M.W. Craven

Welcome to Desert Island Crime, where each week we ask a bestselling author: If you were stranded on a desert island and had to choose 8 books to take with you, what would you pick and why?   This week, we asked award winning author M.W. Craven, whose latest thriller Black Summer is out now, to […]

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Friday 13th – NOT the scariest night of the year . . .

Along with February 14th, April 1st and December 25th, Friday the 13th is one of those dates so deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious that the mere mention of it conjures up an array of troubling images. You’ve heard of the movie; you know all the superstitions. This is the day you avoid walking under […]

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Black Summer Extract

My body is eating itself. I can’t stop it. I’m too weak to move. My muscles have been broken down into the amino acids my body needs to stay alive. My joints stiffen and ache as they are no longer being lubricated. My feet and hands sting with pins and needles as the blood vessels […]

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Black Summer

What a year Mike Craven has had!  From Cumbria Life Author of the Year at the start of 2019 to winner of the CWA Gold Dagger a few weeks ago for The Puppet Show, he’s had quite a journey. You may have caught him at CrimeFest, Harrogate, Bloody Scotland . . . or at a […]

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Desert Island Crime with Mark Griffin

Welcome to Desert Island Crime, where each week a bestselling crime writer reveals their top chilling titles. This week, we ask Mark Griffin, author of the thrilling Holly Wakefield series to reveal his top picks.   Over to you Mark:   Sparkling cyanide by Agatha Christie – At thirteen years old, this was my first foray […]

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