The Way of All Flesh: Who is Ambrose Parry?
Author Chris Brookmyre and his wife Dr Marisa Haetzman, a consultant anaesthetist, have embarked on a new challenge together: writing a historical crime series set in the medical world of Edinburgh in the 1840s. The series is published by Canongate under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry.
Dying to be Different: Cara Hunter talks to Crime Time
It’s so difficult to be original in crime. It’s such a crowded genre, for a start, but right now we’re also in the midst of another golden age of crime writing, with fabulous books in every conceivable sub-genre (as well as some completely new ones). And that’s just crime fiction on the page. Add in crime drama and TV documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Staircase, and the very idea of producing something innovative or eye-catching is positively daunting.
Brian (Death Wish) Garfield Goes West
vOn September 16, 2018, Piccadilly Publishing is to publish a novel by Brian Garfield, author of the original novel on which the film Deah Wish was based. But this is something different. Mr. Sixgun, by Brian Garfield writing as Brian Wynne is in the Western genre. As pundits say: “Anybody settling down with a Garfield book is in for a good time.” – New York Times; “A scintillating, talented writer.” – Newsday and “Brian is a wily, gifted storyteller.” – Ed Gorman
The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
Alex Dahl’s The Boy at the Door is a novel of remarkable accomplishment that sets its nuanced and intriguing characters in the context of a plot that grips like a vice. And that success is in spite of the fact that the accoutrements of the narrative are very familiar: a woman with a perfect life (attractive husband, beautiful daughters and an upscale lifestyle) finds her comfortable life threatened by a secret that can bring about its painful destruction
What’s Your Poison Returns
What’s Your Poison? 2018 – Heffers’ celebrated summer crime and mystery fiction party is back! Featuring a selection of hand-picked authors, come along for a lively evening of readings, book chat and signing. This year’s treat of a line-up features Mark Billingham, Alison Bruce, Louise Candlish, Will Dean, Araminta Hall, Mick Herron, Mike Hollow, Christina James, Jim Kelly, Vaseem Khan, AC Koning, Kate Rhodes, Stuart Turton, Martyn Waites, Ruth Ware and Edward Wilson. The date is Thursday 5th July, 6.30pm Tickets are priced at £7 in advance and can be purchased through whatsyourpoison2018.eventbrite.co.uk, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop.
Latest from The Murder Squad
Here are a few bite-size updates from the crime talents of the Murder Squad – see the website at http://murdersquad.co.uk/ newsletter/
CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: Margalit Fox talks to Crime Time
IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS MURDERS OF ITS age. Galvanizing early twentieth-century Britain and before long the world, it involved a patrician victim, stolen diamonds, a transatlantic manhunt, and a cunning maidservant who knew far more than she could ever be persuaded to tell. It was, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in 1912, “as brutal and callous a crime as has ever been recorded in those black annals in which the criminologist finds the materials for his study.”
New from PS: Walking with Ghosts by Brian James Freeman
Brian James Freeman’s first full-length collection features twenty-nine stories that deal with both real and supernatural terrors. These tales are populated by characters searching for answers to deeply troubling questions. They are haunted by horrors they think are out of their control, but sometimes the source of their greatest fears is closer to home than they ever imagined possible. In these days of almost gleeful excess there’s a surprising gentleness to Freeman’s work, though, of course, that often leaves you unprepared for a heavy gut-punch when you least expect it.
The Films of William Castle Murray Leeder, editor
In some ways, it is easy to talk about the work of 1950s/1960s filmmaker and huckster William Castle, as the memorable gimmicks he came up with for most of his films (such as the skeleton above the audience’s heads in House on Haunted Hill and the mildly electrified audience chairs for The Tingler) lend themselves to any lively prose discussion of Castle’s very successful career. But it might also be said that in another way they are self-defeating
Compulsory Games by Robert Aickman
Aficionados of the very finest weird writing have long been aware that Robert Aickman is the ne plus ultra of the genre; his elegant and atmospheric stories leave most of his contemporaries and successors standing. For those who felt that they had collected all the essential Aickman in the recent Faber volumes, there is a particular pleasure to be had with this newest collection, containing material that was not included in the latter reprints.
The Louisiana Republic by Maxim Jakubowski
A new book by Maxim Jakubowski is always something of an event, whatever genre he chooses to venture into (and over the years he has been prodigal in his choices of genre). The Louisiana Republic might be said to be something of a genre splice with New York a very different place after a mysterious global upheaval known as ‘The Dark’.
Estocada by Graham Hurley
It’s 1937 and Dieter Merz is the ace of the Condor Legion, flying the new Messerschmidt 109 against Russian planes in the Spanish Civil War, called Der Kleine, the Little One. Toward the end of that year, Tom Moncrieff, an ex-Marine fluent in German, and trying to make his father’s estate in the Highlands into a shooting resort, is recruited by a shadowy part of British intelligence, to gather information about the Germans and their plans regarding the Sudetenland.
To Die in Vienna: Kevin Wignall talks to Crime Time
I’ve wanted to set a full-length novel in Vienna for a long time but couldn’t find a way of doing it that avoided the pitfalls of using such an iconic location. Most notably, how do you write about Vienna and avoid the long cinematic shadows cast by Carol Reed’s “The Third Man”, written by the great master of shady locations, Graham Greene?
Baby Blue by Pol Koutsakis, translated by Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife
You know that ‘second book problem’? Well, the second in the Athens-based Stratos Gazis crime series defies the rule; it’s better than the first. Stratos, you’ll remember, is a big, well-built, fight-ready but ethics-driven hit-man (work that one out) who shoves his way through the EU-wrecked ruins of Greek’s capital city removing scum. This time he’s been hired by a 14-year-old blind street magician to find who killed her adoptive father.
Firefly by Henry Porter
Thanks to satellite imagery and an ISIS group leaving their phones on a little too long after a massacre in a Syrian village, MI6 has been able to track, and identify, at least by voice, the leader of the terrorist cell, whom they call Black Cube. They have established he and his sidekicks are in Greece, presumably on their way to northern Europe, and some new attack
It’s a Noir World: Woody Haut in Retreats from Oblivion
Was it always like this? The feeling that nothing is real. Not just ersatz, but a fake of a fake, a photograph of a photograph of the world falling apart. That food you’re eating, it’s probably genetically modified. The building you’re living in, most likely made from cheap, probably flammable, materials.
The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham & The Old Religion by Martyn Waites
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times
Those who consider Mark Billingham to be one of the most reliable practitioners of the modern British crime novel point to some added value: he has been building up through his books an all-embracing picture of modern British society. This latest novel utilises real-life crime – the still at-large ‘Croydon Cat Killer’, responsible for the death of hundreds of animals
Loner: Hildur Sif Thorarensen talks to Crime Time
Book number two of my Oslo Mystery series is perhaps a bit different from the first book, Loner, which deals mainly with murder and the surrounding circumstances. In the second one I explore sex work in Oslo and the people involved in the industry.
Oliver Twist & The Mystery of Throate Manor: David Stuart Davies talks to Crime Time
About ten years ago I was asked to contribute a story to a collection of Dickensian whodunits. The idea was for a series of mystery stories featuring characters from the novels of Charles Dickens. I chose Oliver Twist and Jack Dawkins aka the Artful Dodger.
Guardian Thriller Roundup
Barry Forshaw in The Guardian
Firefly by Henry Porter; Darling by Rachel Edwards; Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee; The Man Between by Charles Cumming; Incorruptible by Barbara Nadel; The Wanted by Robert Crais
Kiss Me Kill Me: JS Carol talks to Crime Time
My fascination with America started when I was a kid. Turn on the TV, and there it was, bright and shining and coated with Hollywood’s magic dust. This was a land of infinite possibilities; a place where dreams came true. Back then the world I inhabited was the dull, grey landscape of Britain in the seventies and eighties, so you can see why I was so easily seduced by the myth.
The Rise of the Armchair Detective: Stephanie Marland talks to Crime Time
Technology has changed the way we live in an incredible way. The internet has opened up new worlds, helping us meet people both locally and globally. Whatever you’re into, you can pretty much guarantee there’ll be someone – probably a whole bunch of someones – out there online who are into it too; just waiting to connect.
Ruth Morse on Historical, American & Brit Noir
For those looking for particular areas of crime fiction, either geographical or generic, Barry provides a choice of about half-a-dozen paperbacks (Pocket Essentials, Oldcastle Books). What makes these urgently recommendable is their engagement with a long list of authors one may or may not have come across, mainly contemporary. The entries are scrupulous about recommendations and reservations, and never commit the cardinal sin of spoiling the plot.
Shotsmag’s Stotter Heads West
From Shotsmag Head Honcho MIke Stotter, news of the first issue of Piccadilly Publishing’s new western-themed magazine, HEAD WEST! which harks back to the days when Stotter was a consultant on THE WESTERN MAGAZINE at IPC
The Devil’s Dust: James Lovegrove talks to Crime Time
Opposites attract. On the face of it, Sherlock Holmes and Allan Quatermain don’t have much in common. Holmes is the cerebral aesthete who solves problems through the application of logical analysis, whereas in Quatermain we have a rugged adventurer who thinks the answer to most questions can be found at the end of a double-eight bore elephant gun.
Winner of the 2018 Petrona Award announced at CrimeFest
On 19 May 2018, at the Gala Dinner at CrimeFest, Bristol, Petrona Award judges Barry Forshaw and Sarah Ward announced the winner of the 2018 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The winner is QUICKSAND by Malin Persson Giolito, translated...
Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed
Returning to the scene of the crime: Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed. Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.