Forthcoming Crime Blu-rays and Blasts from the Past
The enterprising types at Arrow Films continue to cherrypick some of the most intriguing of genre cinema, frequently straying away from the well-worn paths is to bring to our attention material which is not only neglected, but which may even be unknown to all but the most committed cinéastes. What’s more, the razor-sharp quality of the transfers (not to mention the copious and well-curated extras) make for some particularly tempting packages.
The Crime Time Best of the Year – 2018
Crime Time has once again asked luminaries from the world of crime fiction reviewing for their picks of 2018. The result is a striking and varied list of what has proved to be another vintage year for crime fiction publishing. Choices by Marcel Berlins, Barry...
Invisible Blood: First Original Jakubowski Anthology in five years
INVISIBLE BLOOD, to be published in July 2019, is a major new anthology. It will be Maxim Jakubowksi’s first all-original specially-commissioned stories in five years. The much-respected editor’s To the Max column is one of Crime Time’s most popular features.
To The Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime
No seasonal cheer or cozy Christmas tales of gentle mayhem in any of this month’s selection of titles, I fear. Instead we have a menu that overflows with puzzles, brainteasers, violence and much explicitness as our two handfuls of authors surf the zeitgeist moving from an African state quite unlike any you will have seen before,
Sins as Scarlet by Nicolás Obregón & We Can See You by Simon Kernick
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times
A brace of cutting-edge themes are threaded into the abrasive narrative of Obregón’s novel, from illegal immigration and domestic abuse to transgender discrimination. It is a combustible mix, but as in the earlier Blue Light Yokohama, the author has the full measure of his difficult material.
Crime in Soho with Fiona Barton, Renée Knight & Lesley Kara
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.
Evil Things by Katja Ivar
Until a few years ago who’d have thought we’d be lapping up crime novels set in Lapland? Evil Things is set (mainly) in Lapland, close to the Soviet border, in freezing 1952, freezing because the cold war is at its height and few in that small and vulnerable country are sure that World War Two is done.
The Year’s Best Crime Fiction in The Financial Times: The Urtext
Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Orion, £20 Connelly has added another memorable character to his familiar cast of low-rent lawyer Mickey Haller and tough cop Harry Bosch. Detective Renée Ballard, consigned to the graveyard shift after complaining about harassment by a colleague, finds herself knee deep in a cold case involving religious demagogues and the porn industry.
Crime from Cambridge: Kate Rhodes & Pippa Macallister
wo very different (but complementary) books by Cambridge-resident authors offer rewarding fare for crime aficionados. Kate Rhodes is approaching pole position in the crime writing stakes with her beautifully plotted and elegantly written psychological thrillers, of which Ruin Beach is the latest.
The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (translated by Lola Rogers)
Arriving festooned with encomiums from the likes of such literary luminaries as Robert Olen Butler, The Core of the Sun is a remarkable Scandinavian contribution to the field of the dystopian novel, its chilling message tempered by some smart satire. The narrative is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in describing a surreal Finnish society in which women are either breeder or outcasts. And in this dark milieu, one woman is searching for her missing sister.
The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby: standout for 2019
Barry Forshaw writes: when delivering my Best of the Year for the FT, I’m often asked if I have any ‘books to look out for in 2019’ — and I alredy have at least one for next year. The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby — I suspect that will be one of the standout novels for 2019.
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
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
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.
Danger in the Outback: New Blu-Rays
In an age when suspense/horror films are obliged to deliver the goods every 10 minutes or so, it’s really refreshing to see a film that trusts its audience’s patience and delivers its effects steadily but inexorably. On its first appearance, Long Weekend drew many plaudits for the director’s command of the medium, and the steady accretion of eerie elements is adroitly handled as the macabre climax approaches.
The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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
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
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
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.
Aftershock: Adam Hamdy Talks to Crime Time
The UK’s leading cult buster once told me that far from being credulous dupes, most victims of cults are empathetic and intelligent. Their intelligence prompts them to ask the big questions that cults claim to be able to answer. Who am I? Why am I here? How do I live a good life? And empathy makes them vulnerable because they simply can’t understand how someone might exploit others with no regard for their wellbeing.
HUMOUR IN CRIME FICTION: M. B. Vincent
The author of Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death talks to Crime Time: Humour makes everything better – most folk agree on that. A wry smile improves a rainy wait at a bus stop, a dull afternoon at work, a funeral. But crime fiction? Is there room in a dark mystery for a joke?
Hush Hush: Mel Sherratt talks to Crime Time
I'm a firm believer that there is good and bad in us all. It's how we choose to use it, I suppose. But for me as a crime writer, I like to take the ordinary and make it a bit extra-ordinary but still realistic. Using different points of view can make stories far more...
A Righteous Spy: Merle Nygate talks to Crime Time
I can trace my fascination with spy fiction to the Greek myths I read as a child and the characters who concealed themselves to achieve their goals. From Zeus to the Trojans, the mythic trope of shape-shifting remains a strong story hook.
Not Heaven Sent: Alan Carter Talks
Alan Carter is the author of the Cato Kwong series of police thrillers and Marlborough Man all published by Fremantle Press. He has also been a documentary film director. He is originally from Sunderland, UK and emigrated to Australia in 1991. He now divides his time between NZ and Fremantle in Western Australia and is a full-time writer.
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.