A SHOT IN THE DARK by Lynne Truss

A SHOT IN THE DARK by Lynne Truss
Barry Forshaw in the 'i'

The notion of ‘cosy’ crime fiction produces derisory chuckles among many hard-core thriller fans who regard the genre as twee and inoffensive, redolent of an earlier era. Such books, the naysayers complain, are closer to Cluedo’s Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlett than to real life. And a similarly dismissive response is often prompted by the comic crime genre, generally regarded by aficionados as a poor relation of the more serious detective genre (despite the highly diverting efforts of such droll writers as Simon Brett and L.C. Tyler).

Broken Ground: An Hour with Val McDermid

Broken Ground: An Hour with Val McDermid

Friday 14th September, 12.30pm at The Old Library, Emmanuel College, Cambridge – Broken Ground: An Hour with Val McDermid – Crime fiction lovers rejoice: the one and only Val MacDermid is coming to Cambridge – and Heffers invites you to spend an hour in her company! Armed with Broken Ground, her latest Detective Karen Pirie novel, Val will talk about her writing and give us some insights into her life as a bestselling crime novelist – having sold over 15 million books to date across the globe.

Manda Scott, A Treachery of Spies,  Into the Fire  & John Lawton, Friends and Traitors

Manda Scott, A Treachery of Spies, Into the Fire & John Lawton, Friends and Traitors
Ruth Morse

Manda Scott is well known for her historical crime novels, though quite where the ‘historical’ line ends and ‘crime’ begins isn’t easy to draw, and thus I found myself reading the previous novel in what is so far a new series. Her detective, Captain Ines Picaut, part of law enforcement in Orléans (the PJ, I think, who are police, not gendarmes), works well with her colleagues, and manages to navigate her way among the usual tough-guy chauvinists around her

A Legacy Of Spies by John Le Carre

A Legacy Of Spies by John Le Carre
Michael Carlson

Peter Guillam is living a calm retirement at the family homestead in Brittany when he is summoned back to London, and reminded of his ‘lifelong duty to attend’ his former masters at MI6. At the Stalinist monolith that now houses the Intelligence Service, he is asked about an Operation Windfall, and learns that the children of the agent Alec Leamas and the English woman, Elizabeth Gold, are in the process of suing the Service, and him, for causing their deaths at the Berlin Wall.

Underworld USA and other new Crime Blu-rays

Underworld USA and other new Crime Blu-rays
Barry Forshaw

THE SAMUEL FULLER AT COLUMBIA BOX SET/Powerhouse Indicator Blu-ray This collectable boxed set includes the following striking films by the maverick director Samuel Fuller: Underworld USA, It Happened in Hollywood, Adventure in Sahara, Shockproof, Scandal Sheet and The Crimson Kimono. As these titles hint, this is a box for the dedicated cineaste: I provided one of the Blu-ray extras (for the tough gangster thriller Underworld USA) and in that piece I try to nail just why this director is held in such high esteem, despite the in-your-face, unsophisticated nature of his work.

To the Max

To the Max
Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime

Once again we span the mysterious globe, with stops in China, Vienna, North Korea, the inner worlds of J.G. Ballard, the Greek islands, the mountains of Macedonia, the courtrooms of New York City, an America that will fortunately never be, a world without chocolate which will similarly (I hope) never be too, a women’s prison and the hell of British care homes as they scar the future of so many kids. Maybe not a menu to relish in real life, but then the magic of fiction and storytelling makes it all so fascinating and gut-churningly compelling!

Dying to be Different: Cara Hunter talks to Crime Time

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

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
Barry Forshaw

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
Barry Forshaw

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.

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