No Exit Press acquires ‘compelling’ psychological debut

No Exit Press acquires ‘compelling’ psychological debut

No Exit Press has acquired a ‘compelling’ psychological thriller from Canadian author Laurie Petrou. Clare Quinlivan, Editorial and Rights Manager at No Exit Press, bought UK and Commonwealth excluding Canada rights to Sister of Mine and a second book by Petrou from Carolyn Buszynski at The Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid agency. Clare Quinlivan said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be publishing Laurie’s debut novel in the UK. Sister of Mine is an utterly captivating thriller that has an effortless literary quality to it that makes it quite remarkable.

The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler  & Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne

The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler & Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
Ruth Morse

Quite how the editors could get this so wrong is hard to compass. An early galley, but even one last ferocious pass might not be enough. The editors should be encouraged to take a blue pencil to cross out the long and pretentious Foreward and Introduction. There are photographs, and long cliched references to other writers from Poe on. The first note, from Poe onwards, includes Conan Doyle, Simenon, Himes and more. The annotations attempt to be not just an analysis of the book but a century of the history of crime fiction

Skin Deep: Liz Nugent talks to Crime Time

Skin Deep: Liz Nugent talks to Crime Time

n early 2016, I was asked to pitch an idea for a new drama series to a television production company. I immediately sketched out a modern-day King Learesque family story with a few Irish tweaks. Instead of an ancient mythical kingdom, the setting would be a west coast Irish island with a dwindling population and an uncertain future. I had the characters and the setting fixed in my head and I spent a few weeks researching Irish and Scottish island life and talking to people who had grown up on small islands. The importance of this location grew until the island became a character to me.

The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Barry Forshaw

This very handsome edition of some of Conan Doyle’s most iconic stories is not only a beautiful thing presented in the classic Folio Society livery, but it makes the perfect one-stop entry point for those who might be new to the Holmes canon – and there will always be people in that position, won’t there? Conan Doyle’s imperishable creation is one of the best-known characters in world fiction, with current iterations (such as Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern-day version) still captivating admirers

Emceeing the Daggers, Joel Grey-style

Emceeing the Daggers, Joel Grey-style
Barry Forshaw

The next time that the Crime Writers’ Association asks me to be MC for the Dagger Awards dinner (if, that is, they ever do again), I may do it in the style of Joel Grey in Cabaret. I will go for a chalk white face and rouged lips, and begin the evening with a chorus of Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome. For the 2018 dinner at London’s Grange hotel, however, it was just a question of checking that the moths hadn’t got to my dress suit so that if I had a picture taken (like the one accompanying this piece with Dagger winners Michael Connelly and Steve Kavanagh) I would be at least partially presentable.

To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime for October

To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime for October

Another slate of impressive writing, and devious plots allied with wonderful characters on both sides of the good and evil wall. Moving from 1940s Hollywood to Kyrgizstan and making detours through, literally hell, Mars, Reading in a future Britain where everyone is almost hidden behind virtual reality, a Finnish holiday resort that thinks it’s in Florida, Iceland, Southern Italy and the worldwide first class travels of bestselling authors and globetrotters like Frederick Forsyth and Peter James, we have a plethora of landscapes to please every imaginative palate. Add twisted plots in fifth gear and memorable heroes and villains and you have yourself another gourmet serving of crime and mystery.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith & Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith & Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times

When it was revealed that the crime writer Robert Galbraith was really the megaselling JK Rowling, reviewers (and readers) were obliged to do some retrospective catching up. But now each Galbraith title is an event, and this fourth book is the most ambitious – and lengthy – yet. Beginning with a set piece reminiscent of The Graduate (will ungainly private eye Cormoran Strike torpedo the ill-advised wedding of his ex-assistant Robin Ellacott?), we’re soon knee-deep in a tangled scenario.

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