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The Venetian Venture – Suzette A. Hill

6th June 2014

After retiring to Herefordshire, Suzette A. Hill has used her time to pen the humorous ‘Revd Francis Oughterard’ quintet, plus two other titles outside that series. Happily steering clear of ‘social i...

Linda StratmannAppetite for Murder – Linda Stratmann

6th June 2014

Linda Stratmann has long been fascinated by historical crime, especially in the Victorian era. Having written several true crime books on the subject, she now brings her experience to a series of nove...

CRA – Giveaway

4th May 2014

  Deadly Pleasures is an anthology of brand new stories by members of the CWA, to celebrate our Diamond Jubilee. The introduction is kindly provided by Peter James, Chair of the CWA 2011-2013, an...

Evonne-WarehamThe Joys of Research – Evonne Wareham

2nd April 2014

Giveaway – Evonne has kindly offered a signed paperback copy of her multi award winning book – Never Coming Home. To win this great prize comment on this post letting us know your thoughts...

A J Waines – The Importance of Settings

21st March 2014

In the third of her Featured Author posts A.J. Waines looks at the importance of  settings.  One of the major appeals for UK readers of Nordic Noir and Scandi Crime novels has to be the settings. In S...

The Daily Grind – Stella Whitelaw

5th March 2014

My work space I work at an oval dining room table.  It’s vacated on Christmas Day.  It’s jam-packed with papers and reference books as I write both books and short stories. Take a closer look There’s...

Death Surge, Pauline Rowson

3rd March 2014

Death Surge A telephone call to say that his nephew is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has n...

The Midnight Visitor, Alanna Knight

3rd March 2014

The Midnight Visitor Mort Manor is shunned by the locals. Newcomers to the village, Bel and her TV actor partner, are unaware of its evil reputation. But their dream home is a house of murders, past a...

The Whispering, Sarah Rayne

3rd March 2014

The Whispering  Fosse House, home of the reclusive Luisa Gilmore, harbours curious secrets – including one that stretches back almost a century, to the ill-fated Palestrina Choir. When Oxford don, Mic...

Jazz and Die, Stella Whitelaw

3rd March 2014

Jazz and Die is set at an international jazz festival in Swanage. Jordan jumps at a chance to get away from her vertiginous new flat facing the sea at Lancing, even if she has to protect an awkward an...

Helen DavisA Good Death, Helen Davis

3rd March 2014

‘A good death is better than a bad conscience,’ said Sophie. 1983: Georgie, Theo, Sophie and Helena, four disparate Cambridge undergraduates, set out to scale Ausangate, one of the highest...

David Stuart Davies – The Darke Chronicles

3rd March 2014

The Darke Chronicles introduces the aristocratic and flamboyant Victorian detective Luther Darke who tackles seemingly inexplicable mysteries that have baffled Scotland Yard. The seven cases that feat...

Developing Characters – Pauline Rowson

28th February 2014

Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, to feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is a...

Featured Author Friday: Pauline Rowson

7th February 2014

Why the crime genre is so popular Crime fiction is the bestselling genre and tops the most borrowed fiction books from public libraries in the UK. So what is it that makes crime fiction so popular?  F...

Click Alison Joseph

22nd January 2014

Click by Alison Joseph ‘You’d know if he was dead, though, wouldn’t you? Your own husband…..’ She stared into the black water. Around her the trees dripped with recent ra...

IslNoir.Bob&ArnaldurChasing the elusive Lights, and Iceland Noir

19th December 2013

Earlier this year, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson and I met over a curry and a beer, and it turned out we had had similar thoughts about Iceland’s lack of any kind of crime fiction festival. Ice...

The Magus of Hay Phil RickmanPhil Rickman – The Magus of Hay

7th December 2013

Phil Rickman swapped his native Lancashire for the rural peace of mid-Wales to work as a BBC radio and TV reporter. He now lives on the Welsh Border, where he writes crime novels with a restrained ele...

Jean Chapman Deadly seriousJean Chapman, Deadly Serious

7th December 2013

Jean Chapman lives in rural Leicestershire worked as freelance journalist before switching to fiction. After a first foray in the short story magazine markets, she wrote sixteen historical novels befo...

Dying to KnowAlison Joseph, Dying To Know

7th December 2013

Alison Joseph is a London-based crime writer and also radio dramatist with about 25 radio plays and adaptations to her name. Her series of novels feature Sister Agnes, a contemporary detective nun bas...

classic in the pits amy myeAmy Myers, Classic in the Pits

7th December 2013

Amy Myers lives in Kent. By chance, so does Jack Colby – her classic car sleuth. Evoking the golden age of crime, Amy’s tales are narrated by Jack. And the setting? Traditional Agatha Christie c...

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