Cold Christmas: Alastair Gunn talks to Crime Time
Cold Christmas is something of a legend in east Hertfordshire. The mere mention of its name often provokes a nervous hush, even among those who have never been there. The title applies to the tiny hamlet: a handful of unassuming houses on a tight, country lane, as well as the ruined church tower, formerly known as Little St Mary’s, half a mile to the west.
Pale Horse Riding: Chis Petit Talks to Crime Time
Our reading of Auschwitz is so conditioned by the size of the crime that is hard to think of a ‘normal’ Auschwitz, operating as a recognisable institution. I found I recognised more than I was expecting from the simple fact of being an ex-army bra
TO THE MAX New Crime fiction
Another globetrotting column moving briskly from Colombia today to Los Angeles in 1947, with bloody detours and dark thrills in Nazi-era Berlin, turn of the 20th century Barcelona, the isolation of the Tyrolean Alps, exotic Hounslow and its Muslim community and Brooklyn in the years of the depression. Proof, as if we needed further confirmation, that crime and bad things can happen at any time and anywhere, for our reading pleasure of course!
The Girl in the Fog by Donato Carrisi, trans. Howard Curtis, Little, Brown: Abacus
Hitherto, Carrisi’s books have been very long, and somewhere in the middle the supernatural has usually made an appearance, though sometimes it’s a conference of priests with forbidden knowledge. The plots usually hinge on violence towards women (here a kidnapped young girl), and the décor is usually dark night. This time it’s fog in a mountain village and there’s no priest, but there is an evangelical church whose congregation calls itself the brotherhood
Undertow: Anthony J. Quinn talks to Crime Time
Inspector Celcius Daly and the riddle of the Irish border Growing up along the Irish border during the Troubles, I wanted to run away but somehow I’ve remained rooted to the spot, living now at the edge of the Tyrone farm that I was born on. During my mid-thirties, I gave up all idea of leaving and started writing a series of detective novels set in the landscape I had known from childhood, of which Undertow is the fifth
The Ashes of Berlin – Luke McCallin [book offer]
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award 2017
Currently available on offer for just £6. 99 exclusively from No Exit Press
1947 and Gregor Reinhardt is back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power…
TripFiction Goes Travelling
TripFiction has announced a new partnership with Stanfords, ‘The World’s Largest Map and Travel Bookshop’, plus a completely new website. This will make it even easier for members to click through from the TripFiction site to shop online for their favourite travel fiction, maps and travel guides, and to browse the Stanfords store.
The Hanged Man: Simon Kernick Talks to Crime Time
The Hanged Man begins with the discovery of the remains of seven missing women in the grounds of an isolated Welsh farm. DS Ray Mason, the man who made the discovery, is certain he knows who the killers are. The problem is he has no proof to back his suspicions up, and these are powerful men he’s dealing with, who have the ruthlessness and resources to stay one step ahead of the law.
Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson, The Darkest Day by Håkan Nesser
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson, The Darkest Day by Håkan Nesser
Andreas Pflüger, In the Dark & The Usual Santas: a Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
This is a thriller (translated from the German by the able Shaun Whiteside) that should please the RNIB, not because the central character lost her sight during a botched special-police manoeuvre, but because Pflüger has done a lot of homework. As the dust jacket indicates, hers is a world of braille, of clicks and sticks, of trying to retain memory and experience in a new world empty of light.
Sweet William: Iain Maitland talks to Crime Time
‘Dadda will come and get you back from your fake family….’ I’ve always loved innocent-man-on-the run type stories – the Fugitive TV series and books such as Testament by David Morrell – and wanted my debut novel, Sweet William from Saraband Books, to focus on a manhunt.
Crime Time Roundup
As one of America’s leading women crime writers, Laura Lippman, notes in her lively introduction to this diverting anthology, the relationship between the sexes has always been a fractious one – and emblematically so in crime fiction. As Lippman says, the Killer Women in these pages ‘know a thing or two about men; the prey has to know its predator as surely as the predator knows its prey. Possibly better.’
Treason: James Jackson talks to Crime Time
‘Another stone will suffice’. In the grim pressing-room of Newgate Prison, a man was being crushed to death. It was a prolonged affair and the audience was small and yet throughout each groan and permutation there were formalities to observe. Five days had passed already and the stench was as bad as the suffering. Peine forte et dure, strong and hard punishment, could be a blunt and heavy means of execution.
THE SOLDIER’S CURSE: Meg Keneally Talks to Crime Time
In 2014, I joined the family business. That’s when my father tossed me a sheaf of papers at me across his dining room table. “I’ve started writing about a gentleman convict detective who wins his freedom by solving a murder and has to go from one penal station to the next solving crimes to keep it,” he said. “Why don’t you have a crack?”
We’re All Conspiracy Theorists Now: Adam Hamdy talks to Crime Time
The traditional view of conspiracy theorists has them sitting in a basement (usually their mum’s), hunched over a computer (probably a Linux system because Windows was built by the NSA), wearing a tinfoil hat to prevent the government and its alien overlords from reading their thoughts. These dedicated basement-dwelling, foil-wearing warriors of truth call themselves ‘lightworkers’ because of their tireless efforts to expose the forces of darkness.
Crime Novels by Michael Innes
Michael Innes, Hamlet, Revenge! 1937 ASIN: B073TZDZGN; Michael Innes, Lament for a Maker 1938 ASIN: B0752TB2RK
INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY SERIES 8 & SERIES 1-8 ON DVD
INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY SERIES 8 & SERIES 1-8 ON DVD IN NOVEMBER FRORM ACORN INTERNATIONAL: MARTIN SHAW and Lee Ingleby return for the last ever gripping instalments of the acclaimed, long- running detective series Inspector George Gently. Following their run on...
Two Kinds Of Truth by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is still working cold cells, his office a converted cell at the San Fernando PD. But when the small town is hit by a double murder at a pharmacy, Harry’s experience means he becomes the primary on the case, which he quickly realises is not just a brutal killing attached to a random robbery
Reissues: Nicolas Freeling & Nicholas Blake
Nicolas Freeling, What are the Bugles Blowing For? 1975 (with bonus book)
Nicolas Freeling, Lady Macbeth 1988
Nicholas Blake, Malice Aforethought 1940
To The Max: Maxim Jakubowski on Crime
It’s a rare occasion when the majority of the books I cover come from ‘big name’ authors, but this month there was no avoiding them and getting yet another confirmation that the craft and deceptive ease of reading of writers like Connelly, Harris, Gross, Fowler and ‘Al’ Collins comes from years of experience and hard work
New James Patterson app Ahead of Publication
Century and James Patterson, the world’s bestselling thriller writer, have announced the imminent release of Wiretap: James Patterson Chat Stories, an innovative, free-to-access, custom-made messenger app that will deliver immersive and engaging stories told through a combination of text and picture messages
The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling
Alvise Marangon (his name means his ancestors were carpenters), grew up in England, where his Venetian mother was an actress. Now he is a tourist guide in Venice as well as one of the city’s secret agents.
Two Marc Behm Crime Classics from Arcadia
Arcadia is to reissue two celebrated crime novels by Marc Behm
Highbridge by Phil Redmond
It is perhaps no surprise to find that Phil Redmond’s mesmerising novel Highbridge expertly juggles a slew of characters and narrative strands — the writer’s long experience in writing for TV allowed him to hone such skills to a fine degree
Joe Ide’s IQ wins the Anthony Award
W&N Fiction has announced that IQ by Joe Ide has won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel at Bouchercon 2017.
Babylon Berlin: Volker Kutscher talks to Crime Time
Seeing characters who have existed only in your imagination suddenly appear in the real world can be disconcerting, even more so when it happens three times in the same year, but this is what happened to me in 2017