Undertow by Anthony J Quinn & The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffith
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
A case of suicide takes detective Celcius Daly out of his jurisdiction and across the Irish border to the benighted village of Dreesh; it’s a place that operates by its own laws under the malign presiding influence of a crime chief with political corrections to the IRA. Daly finds himself in a maelstrom of smugglers, informers, disgraced coppers and even a dispute over the limits of the Irish border – the latter a topical issue at present. Quinn’s novels featuring his maverick, solitary detective Daly (such as Disappeared and Border Angels
Best Crime of the Year for the Phil Williams Show
My best crime of the year/Xmas present choices (the urtext) for the Phil Williams Show on BBC Radio… (My colleague Arifa Akbar did the heavy lifting for the non-crime choices.)
Up-to-date with The Murder Squad
Ann Cleeves – The CWA Awards dinner and the Diamond Dagger presented by our very own Martin Edwards was an evening to remember. Thanks to everyone who made it so special.
Margaret Murphy – Publication date for Splinter in the Blood – first of the Ashley Dyer series – is confirmed as 1st March 2018.
Kate Ellis – In the summer I signed a new four book contract with my publisher, Little, Brown.
Chris Simms – My next novel – titled Loose Tongues – takes the reader into the kind of dark serial killer territory I covered in books such as Outside the White Lines and Shifting Skin.
Martin Edwards – I’ve done a lot of travelling in recent months, promoting The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books in locations as diverse as Toronto, Nottingham, Cambridge, Newcastle, and York.
Cath Staincliffe – There’s been a fantastic response to my new novel The Girl in the Green Dress and you can read about the real-life inspiration for that story here.
Day of Smoke by Woody Haut
As a UK-resident authority on American Noir, Woody Haut has long been a mainstay of Crime Time, both in its print incarnation and in its current online iteration. But his real claim to fame has been with such books as Neon Noir and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood, nigh-definitive studies of their subjects
What Falls Between the Cracks: Robert Scragg talks to Crime Time
Dream up a cast of interesting characters, shovel plenty of adversity at them, and how they cope makes for the bones of a story. This was my mind-set around seven years ago, when I made my first serious attempt at writing a novel. Despite being a Northerner, I chose London as the backdrop, partly due to me spending a lot of time working down there at the time.
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…
What I’m waiting for: Phoebe Locke
As a true-crime obsessive, I can’t wait for Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which is being published posthumously in March. It’s the story of the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer in California in the 1980s and 1990s, and follows McNamara’s attempts to find new leads for her true crime website. Part memoir, part unsolved mystery plus an introduction from Gillian Flynn – it sounds incredible.
The Cover Up: Marnie Riches talks to Crime Time
When my publisher asked me if I fancied writing a gangland series set in Manchester that would appeal to established fans of the sub-genre, I immediately said yes. I’m from Manchester, after all, and returned to live here after some fourteen years spent in the South East. It has a way of pulling you back, does the north. Plus, my mother lived here until her death in 2016. She refused to move away. A home-coming was always inevitable.
When Time Runs Out by Elina Hirvonen, tr. from the Finnish by Hildi Hawkins, Bonnier Zaffre, Mantle
What is one to do when confronted with such a book? It’s a bit like We Need to Talk About Kevin, but much less well written, and certainly much less focussed. A family of four, a marriage much less happy than the wife’s narrative voice allows, a daughter who has fled from the claustrophobia of her home, a son on the spectrum—one kind or another, and an absent father. We don’t hear much from either of the men, and the chain of voices is otherwise mechanical. It isn’t a jigsaw, but it has puzzle aspects
Dark Pines: Will Dean talks to Crime Time
My debut novel, DARK PINES, is set in the wilds of central Sweden. I hail from the East Midlands but five years ago I moved to live full-time in a small boggy clearing at the centre of an enormous forest north of Gothenburg. I write Nordic Noir from the perspective of an outsider. I’m not a Scandinavian writer but I’ve been travelling to the Nordics every year for twenty years, and I now live in Sweden with my Swedish wife. DARK PINES is set in an isolated town in Värmland, four hours north of my forest…
New Blu-Rays & DVDs from Powerhouse, Sony, etc.
Peter Ackroyd’s chef d’ouevre Hawksmoor was inexplicably passed over by filmmakers, so I suppose we should be grateful that the writer’s Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem enjoyed a creditable film adaptation, although it is one that did not in the end quite do justice to the source material
The Crime Time Best of the Year – 2017
Crime Time asked the great and the good from the world of crime fiction reviewing for their picks of 2017. The result is a fabulous and varied list of what has proved to be a vintage year for crime fiction publishing. Choices by Marcel Berlins, Maxim Jakubowski, Jake...
Maxim Jakubowski’s Best of 2017 – And Beyond!
Looking back at a whole past year of reading and reviewing is always a fascinating exercise. Most reviews are penned against a deadline and an appreciation and assessment has to be arrived at sometimes too close to the actual reading. Months later, though,...
Ruth Morse on John Creasey and Michael Innes
Once again, Ipso Books reprints superior crime fiction in digital format. John Creasey had one of those extraordinary imaginations and produced story after story, none better than the Gideon of the Yard series, though the Inspector West books are close behind. It’s true that he used a formula, which included betrayal as well as the considerable violence from which no one is spared.
Why I Wrote The Chalk Man
C J Tudor
When people ask me how long it took to write The Chalk Man, I usually say, ‘Around ten months . . . and ten years building up to it!’ I was a late-starter when it came to writing. I didn’t knuckle down it until my mid-thirties. I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to write. However, I’d often toyed with the idea of a book that drew upon my own adolescence in the 80’s .
Days of Smoke: Woody Haut talks to Crime Time
Days of Smoke, my latest novel from Concord ePress, takes place in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1968. Though a half-century in the past, 1968 is stil though of as a year in which, for a brief moment, political change seemed possible if not probable. That might well have been the case, but it was also a year in which the media and other commercial and corporate concerns, cognisant of the cultural drift, began in earnest to co-opt the counter culture, profiting from it while neutralising any radical edge it might have once briefly possessed.
Best Crime of 2017 in the Financial Times
Attica Locke — a key writer for many crime aficionados — goes from strength to strength. Her stunning new book introduces her first detective protagonist, black Texas Ranger Darren Matthews, struggling to deal with murderous white supremacists, drug dealers and – most intractably — his own prejudices in a dystopian modern America. ..
Murder Under the Mistletoe.
Thursday 7th December, 6.30pm at Heffers – Murder Under the Mistletoe. It’s that time of year again! Heffers’ Christmas crime fiction party is a tradition – join us for a convivial evening of festive drinks, readings by a selection of hand-picked crime authors and lots of book buying. It’s also the perfect opportunity to browse our shelves and find Christmas presents for the book lovers in your life!
How hard could it be? Antony Johnston talks to Crime Time
“I’ll just take six months off and write that novel I’ve promised my agent for the last five years,” thought the man who’d spent the previous decade and a half writing graphic novels and video games. “How hard could it be?”
Crime Time Roundup
If you are in any doubt as to the rude health of the graphic novel medium, perhaps you should sample Titan Books’ selection in this batch, which ranges from adaptations (notably that of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to original material, all distinguished by a readiness to innovate and a welcome reluctance to court the prudish or the squeamish
Cold, Cold Heart: Christine Poulson talks to Crime Time
Where you get your ideas?
Well, in my case I have five box files full of them on a shelf in my study. That’s
where I go when I need inspiration.
When I submitted Deep Water, my first novel in the Katie Flanagan series, to my
publisher, I didn’t know that it was the first in a series, until my publisher asked me
for a second. But where to get an idea for it and where to set it? I had to decide
WHY WRITE ANOTHER ROCCO? Adrian Magson talks to Crime Time
The common question put to me over many years as a writer is about where I get my ideas. Setting
aside the old chestnut of using the ideas store down Charing Cross Road, it’s usually because if an
idea bugs me long enough, it needs writing.
Down for the Count by Martin Holmén, trans. Henning Koch
This is the second episode in the Harry Kvist trilogy. Like its predecessor, it’s a first-person narrative. Clinch took my breath away, and this is worse. Or, perhaps, given the point of Noir, better. Harry (Kvisten to his friends) is an ex-boxer, repo man (with a specialty in bicycles), funeral parlor and mortuary assistant, as well as general investigator. He also spends time in Långholmen Prison, in Stockholm between the wars.
The Accident on the A35 by Graeme MacRae Burnet
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
For one brief shining moment, the Man Booker committee’s steadfast opposition to putting crime fiction into contention for the prize had been broken. After a slew of enthusiastic reviews, Graeme MacRae Burnet’s His Bloody Project – a highly unorthodox literary experiment, but a crime novel all the same – was, to the surprise of many, nominated for the award
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