Crime in Soho with Fiona Barton, Renée Knight & Lesley Kara

Crime in Soho with Fiona Barton, Renée Knight & Lesley Kara
Barry Forshaw

Proof that the field of crime writing is in rude health was to be found at a Soho event given by the publisher Transworld for three of its most talented women writers: Fiona Barton, following the success of The Widow and The Child with The Suspect, Renée Knight with The Secretary (a successor to her much-praised Disclaimer), and debut author Leslie Kara, whose The Rumour intrigued the invited audience with its narrative of a child killer living under an assumed name.

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.

Ian Fleming Steel Shortlisted Authors at CWA Dagger Awards on Oct 25

Ian Fleming Steel Shortlisted Authors at CWA Dagger Awards on Oct 25

Forget the Man Booker and the Costa, for readers of crime – now officially the UK’s most popular genre of fiction – the CWA Daggers (hosted by Barry Forshaw) are the book awards to really sharpen your appetite. Every autumn, 10 awards are given away at a glittering black-tie dinner at a smart hotel and authors, publishers, agents and, yes, readers gather to see who gets the accolades. This year the event will take place at the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row, London on Thursday 25 October.

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