The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Renee Ballard is a detective working the graveyard shift, nights, in Hollywood. She handles whatever comes along, and whatever comes along is why the cops call the beat the Late Show. Ballard’s been exiled to the shift because of she filed a sexual assault beef against a lieutenant, and her then partner didn’t back her up. Now she works nights and passes on her cases to the relevant desks in the morning; they follow up and investigate. At least most of the time she does…
The Irregular: H.B. Lyle talks to Crime Time
Like so many crime writers, my first love was Sherlock Holmes. My second love was Harry Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser’s caddish soldier who capers through Victorian history in the most reprehensible fashion. The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy was inspired by these early loves. My hero, Wiggins, started his life in the very first Sherlock Holmes story – A Study In Scarlet – as the child leader of a gang of street urchins, used as ‘irregulars’ by Holmes…
Getting Carter by Nick Triplow
Comprehensive biography delivers everything you wanted to know about the rise and fall of an influential writer.
Coming in September: A. C. Koning’s Out of Shot
Berlin, 1933. Hitler has just become Chancellor, and the Nazi regime is rapidly consolidating its power. Cast into this volatile situation, with only his wits to help him, blind war veteran Frederick Rowlands is faced with the most difficult investigation of his career
If the Cops Don’t Get You, Bad Luck Will: Crime Fiction as a Conservative Genre
For all of its interesting variants (from cozies to serial killers and from volunteer detectives to police procedurals), the traditional mystery or detective novel remains arguably one of the most conservative of all genres. At least in terms of how its narrative arc...
Mr Campion’s Abdication by Mike Ripley
Old detectives never die, they just find a way – to work after retirement age. That’s true of Rebus and Harry Bosch – but Albert Campion? Well, here he is once again, alive and chipper in the 1970s, up to his ever-sharp eyes in a little caper just up the road from...
New Crime Discs – Public Enemy, Stormy Monday, etc.
PUBLIC ENEMY (Mathieu Frances & Gary Seghers, directors) Nordic Noir & Beyond How often does a new crime series from abroad sample elements fairly shamelessly from several of its predecessors? In the Belgian Public Enemy, we are given the sociopathic heroine...
Deadly Dance – Hilary Bonner Talks to Crime Time
The idea for Deadly Dance came from my chum Chris. I recognized immediately that he had come up with a cleverly chilling basis for a psychological thriller which was quite possibly unique – and it was the first time that any third party had ever suggested a concept which excited me so much I knew I just had to turn it into a book.
The Latest from the Murder Squad
Martin Edwards – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books has just been published by the British Library, and he has been delighted by early reaction to it.
Cath Staincliffe – The Silence Between Breaths will be published in translation in France by Editions Bragelonne.
Ann Cleeves – Ann tells us of her travels, with the standout destination being Estonia, where she took part in the Tallinn HeadRead Festival.
Margaret Murphy – Margaret has completed edits on Splinter in the Blood, and made a start on outlining the second Ashley Dyer novel.
Chris Simms – Chris has finally succeeded in getting the entire DI Spicer series back in print.
Kate Ellis – The paperback of The Mermaid’s Scream will be published at the beginning of August.
Crime Time talks to Eric Brown, Michael Gregorio & Michael Jecks
We asked Severn House authors Eric Brown, Michael Gregorio and Michael Jecks to tell us a little more about the background to their new books. All three books are available now in the UK, with Eric Brown’s Murder Take Three out in eBook, and in hardback in the USA, on 1 August. Michael Gregorio’s Lone Wolf and Michael Jecks’ A Murder Too Soon will be published in eBook, and hardback in the USA, in September.
Testimony by Scott Turow, Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
Testimony by Scott Turow, Mantle, £18.99, 483 pages Decades after the bloody Bosnian conflict, issues of blame and responsibility remain troubling. Any novelist tackling the period is obliged to do so with seriousness of purpose – which is what makes Scott Turow’s latest book a gamble
A Thousand Cuts by Thomas Mogford
It is April 1940 and a bomb has been detonated in the Dockyards of Gibraltar. This surprise attack on the British results in the death of two Navy servicemen. The ensuing investigation finds a Spanish dockyard worker guilty of the crime and he is executed by hanging for their murder. In present day Gibraltar Christopher Massetti, who is the son of the hanged man, is being represented by lawyer Spike Sanguinetti after he has been charged with harassment against a local GP…
DOWN for the COUNT – MARTIN HOLMEN talks to CRIME TIME
Noir, in its purest form, is an exaggeration of life itself, a wheel of fortune: For every one that goes up, one goes down, or, to quote an old favourite song of mine by Jimmy Cliff: The harder they come, the harder they fall. This is very much the case with my ex-boxer Harry Kvist in DOWN FOR THE COUNT – the second instalment in THE STOCKHOLM TRILOGY…
The Pinocchio Brief – Abi Silver talks to Crime Time
In The Pinocchio Brief when Raymond Maynard, a brilliant 15-year-old student, is accused of the brutal murder of his teacher, his defence team (the veteran Judith Burton and youngster Constance Lamb) are shocked to find that his testimony is to be “judged” by a machine. They already have plenty of other difficulties; Raymond was found at the scene of the crime, everyone else has an alibi and he refuses to tell them anything about what happened. But Constance is convinced of his innocence “this boy is not violent …and the police have not investigated anything at all.
From The Hound Of The Baskervilles To Strangers On A Train
The astonishing popularity of the British Library's Crime Classics series - closing in on one million paperback sales - has surprised many people. Including me, to be honest, even though I'm the series consultant. Readers who take a liking to a particular book or...
The Story Of Classic Crime In 100 Books By Martin Edwards
The all-conquering success of his massively enjoyable Golden Age of Murder must have created a problem for the writer Martin Edwards (currently chair of the Crime Writers Association): how to follow a book which appeared to write the last word on a great era of crime...
Fever By Deon Meyer, Trans. K. L. Seegers
This is a long book, and has its longueurs, especially in the middle. It's a stand-alone, post-apocalyptic story narrated in the first person by one of the rare survivors, Nico Storm, about the building and the tearing asunder, of a community based on civility and (at...
The Health Of Strangers – Lesley Kelly Talks To Crime Time
What image does the word influenza conjure up for you? A couple of days in bed with Lemsip and some comfort reading – or a deadly pandemic that kills the young and fit? In 1918, Spanish flu killed between three to five percent of the world's population. A particularly...
F.T. Summer Crime 2017
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
The Dry by Jane Harper
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen, trans. Don Bartlett
Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre, trans. Frank Wynne
The Force by Don Winslow
Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath
Fever by Deon Meyer, trans. K. L. Seegers
Paradise Valley by CJ Box
Dagger In The Library 2017 Winner Announced
The winner of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been revealed: Mari Hannah. The winner was declared at a reception at the British Library on Saturday 17 June by Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA. Martin said: 'At a time when the CWA is expanding its support for...
The Late Show By Michael Connelly & The Upstairs Room By Kate Murray-Browne
The Late Show by Michael Connelly, ISBN-13: 978-0316225984 A 'next new' book by Michael Connelly is always exciting; a new series by Connelly is even more exciting, and the way he sets out his stall in the first paragraph of The Late Show suggests a renewed interest...
The Labyrinth Of Death By James Lovegrove
Titan's welcome series of Sherlock Holmes pastiches continues with one of the very best modern practitioners of the art, James Lovegrove. Several attempts to take up the pen of Arthur Conan Doyle have been, frankly, uninspiring — but Lovegrove has repeatedly proved...
A Picnic On Baker Street – James Lovegrove Talks To Crime Time
It's almost impossible to calculate how many Sherlock Holmes pastiches have been published. The total must number in the tens of thousands. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original four novels and 56 short stories have been expanded upon by hundreds of other authors, from...
Subverting The Psychological Thriller – Mark Edwards Talks To Crime Time
My latest novel, The Lucky Ones, features a serial killer, the Shropshire Viper, who aims to make his victims happy before he kills them. He wants them to die with a smile on their face. My main character is a single dad, Ben Hofland, who has returned to his childhood...
Love Like Blood By Mark Billingham
This writer is among those who considered Mark Billingham's stand-alone novel In the Dark to be his magnum opus – until now, that is. That book, while still delivering the requisite tension of the police procedural novel, was energised by its social commitment...
Leigh Russell In Conversation At Crimefest 2017
Welcome to Words and Music with me, Katherine (aka Bibliomaniacuk) and Leigh Russell, author of 16 crime novels which have sold over 1 million copies, winner of several prestigious awards and currently appearing at Crime Fest 2017 in Bristol! Leigh, it's really lovely...
The Hit – Nadia Dalbuono Talks To Crime Time
My inspiration for writing The Hit did not come from a trip to an undiscovered corner of Italy, a bizarre story in the news or a chance meeting with a stranger. The idea presented itself when I was lying on a stretcher in A&E, 5 months pregnant, waiting to be...