End of Term: A.C. Koning talks about the Blind Detective series

End of Term: A.C. Koning talks about the Blind Detective series

I started writing my ‘Blind Detective’ series almost by accident. I’d wanted to write about my grandfather, a soldier during the First World War, who was blinded at Passchendaele in 1917, and Line of Sight—which was published in 2014 to tie in with the WW1 centenary—began as an exploration of how my character, Frederick Rowlands, has coped with the loss of his sight in the ensuing decade. We first meet him when he is working as a telephonist in a London solicitor’s office. Connecting a call at his switchboard one day, he overhears a conversation which may or may not refer to murder… From then on, he’s hooked—both on the excitement of solving the crime, and on the need to bring the perpetrator to justice. Writing from the perspective of a blind character has been challenging, but I hope I’ve conveyed Fred’s experience of the world, relying as it does on his use of his remaining senses, as accurately and convincingly as possible.

Festival America launches in London

Festival America launches in London

We live in dark times. The world appears to be dislocating, with new forces in power and new allegiances being formed at both high and grassroots levels. As Britain continues its preparations for Brexit and the world appears to be retreating from its hard-won 20th century compact, our relationships with Europe and the Americas remain crucial for writers, readers, and audiences alike, the entire fragile global ecosystem of literature.

2018, therefore, is the ideal moment for London to provide a satellite for the much-lauded Festival America, founded in Vincennes in 2002. A large group of writers from across the continent will visit their French publishers and readers, and we are delighted that a contingent will travel on to London.

BELIEVE ME by JP Delaney

BELIEVE ME by JP Delaney
Barry Forshaw in the ‘I’

In the thriller genre, psychological crime reigns supreme at present, but with an avalanche of new novels, something special is needed to rise above the throng. And that extra ingredient is unquestionably provided by JP Delaney’s Believe Me, the follow-up to his highly successful The Girl Before. The new book is actually a reworking of something previously written by the pseudonymous author, but it has no sense of being anything other than fresh material. Claire Wright is an attractive young British woman with aspirations to becoming a successful actress in the US.

The Daughter of Time & Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey/Folio Society

The Daughter of Time & Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey/Folio Society
Barry Forshaw

It’s comforting to say that a particular book is an author’s best – particularly when few well-read people are likely to gainsay you. So, without hesitation, let’s say that The Franchise Affair is Josephine Tey’s best book – and that in a career studded with many literary triumphs. Interestingly, this much-loved crime novel doesn’t actually contain a murder – though Tey gets away with the omission swimmingly. However, other Tey books have great distinction – such as The Daughter of Time and Miss Pym Disposes. Continuing The Folio Society’s celebrated Josephine Tey collection, beautifully bound new editions have appeared, illustrated by award-winning artist Mark Smith with bindings in the series style.

Crime at Cheltenham

Crime at Cheltenham

Barry Forshaw writes: I’ll be chairing a panel at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival, In Cold Blood: Scandi and Nordic Noir, with the creator of the Killing, Søren Sveistrup and Quentin Bates, who’ll be talking about their new novels. But there are a host of events for crime and thriller fans at the festival this year… the irrepressible Anthony Horowitz introduces his second James Bond book, Mark Billingham reveals how to plot the perfect crime novel, Ian Rankin shares his ‘Desert Island’ books and Sophie Hannah celebrates the Queen Of Crime, Agatha Christie

Wilbur Smith surpasses Agatha Christie in the longest running series by the same author in publishing history

Wilbur Smith surpasses Agatha Christie in the longest running series by the same author in publishing history

Novelist Wilbur Smith, whose books have sold more than 130 million copies in more than 30 languages, will publish his 17th novel in the international bestselling Courtney series on September 6th, 2018. At 54 years, the Courtney series is international publishing’s longest-running ongoing saga by a single author in the history of the industry. The 17 Courtney novels began with Smith’s first published work, When the Lion Feeds (1964). Other long running series include Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series which ran from 1934 to 1975 with one novel, Death Times Three, published posthumously in 1985. Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn series ran from 1934 to 1982. With Courtney’s War, Smith will surpass the record which is currently held by Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. Christie published her first Poirot novel in 1920 and her last in 1974 (Curtain was published in 1975 while the author was still alive but it was written in 1940).

New Crime Blu-rays

New Crime Blu-rays
Barry Forshaw

The recent Sally Phelps adaptation for television of this Agatha Christie classic was far darker than Billy Wilder’s film (very much in the manner of the earlier Phelps updates such as And Then There Were None), but Wilder’s adaptation is unalloyed joy from beginning to end — not least for the bantering relationship between husband-and-wife actors Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester as the acerbic, ailing judge and his fussy nurse. Their scenes are actually the best thing in the film, which is not to say that Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich do not acquit themselves well in the main plot…

Written in Blood returns

Written in Blood returns
Barry Forshaw

“WRITTEN IN BLOOD” featuring bestselling crime authors and their true crime influences, and “EVIDENCE OF EVIL” about the role of forensics breakthroughs, return with all new episodes. LONDON, UK – 17 August, 2018 – CBS Reality, owned by AMC Networks International – UK and CBS Studios International, today announced the return of two exclusive CBS Reality Original commissions, “Written in Blood” and “Evidence of Evil,” which will both air as part of the channel’s autumn line up.

Sarah Ward’s The Shrouded Path: What is it about the 1950s?

Sarah Ward’s The Shrouded Path: What is it about the 1950s?
Sarah Ward

My crime novels set in the Derbyshire Peaks usually have two timelines. I’m fascinated by crimes which have a long gestation, old hurts that simmer away for years, even decades, until they explode into violence. In my first three books I wrote about periods I remembered. Being a child in the 1970s, for example, in my first book In Bitter Chill where I described the party dresses we wore and the freedom of playing out on the streets until dusk. For my next two books, it was the turn of the 1980s, remembering my visits to dodgy pubs where you could get a drink aged fifteen and also the vast amount of Hammer films I watched late at night.

Wanted by Robert Crais

Wanted by Robert Crais
Michael Carlson

Devon Connor hires Elvis Cole because she’s found a Rolex and wads of cash under her teenaged son’s bed. Tyson Connor goes to a special school, has troubler socializing, is a gamer. But checking into the watch, Elvis soon discovers Tyson is part of a trio of kids robbing houses in wealthy LA neighbourhoods. Kids who aren’t too sharp about keeping their identities hidden. Which is a shame, because there are two other men after them, who want back something they’ve stolen. And these guys are not as kind nor gentle as Elvis Cole.

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