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Squeeze Me

  It’s been four long years since Razor Girl, Carl Hiaasen’s last adult novel, but with passages like this early on – ‘The lead burglar’s name was Uric. His helper was a dull-eyed f**kwit who […]

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The Point of No Return

  So . . . September is now upon us and we’ll all be missing the annual pilgrimage to Stirling to attend the most fun crime fiction festival of them all – Bloody Scotland. But […]

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All the Devils Are Here

  Louise Penny has gone from strength to strength since winning the Creasey Dagger for her first book in the Three Pines series, Still Life, garnering massive praise from crime fiction fans and winning so […]

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The Woods

  When it comes to autumn walks, I like my woods tranquil and beautiful, full of gold-flecked leaves and conkers and pine cones. When it comes to books though, I like my woods creepy as […]

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The Secretary

  As we draw towards the end of the summer holidays, this week I’m recommending a thriller with a theme that will be on many parents’ minds at the moment: school. Set in a primary […]

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The Family Business

  I’ve had to do this Friday Read well in advance as this week I’ll be up around the location where the latest novel from Hania Allen is set: the wonderful Tayside area around Dundee. […]

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The Wicked Sister

  Karen Dionne wove heaps of menace into family dynamics in her debut, The Marsh King’s Daughter, and in this one she goes even darker, with a main character diagnosed as an actual psychopath. This […]

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When She Was Good

  When She Was Good is an elegantly plotted rollercoaster of a thriller. It’s the second book in the Cyrus Haven series but you absolutely can come to it fresh as a new reader – […]

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Read an extract of The Curator by M.W. Craven

      Chapter 1 Christmas Eve   It was the night before Christmas and all wasn’t well. It had started like it always did. Someone asking, ‘Are we doing Secret Santa this year?’ and […]

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Cry Baby

Despite Mark Billingham having a long-running series, he always manages to do something cool and different with each book, occasionally chucking in the odd standalone to keep it real. For the 20th anniversary of his […]

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Read an extract of When Shadows Fall by Alex Gray

C H A P TE R  O NE     Joseph Alexander Flynn whistled as he turned into the driveway of the big house. He could see the storm doors beyond the front porch were […]

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The Crime Vault Unlocked: Books on TV

We’ve picked a handful of our favourite TV shows that are based on books by some of our fabulous authors!   If you’ve seen the programme why not read the book that inspired it all, […]

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