Shoestring: The Complete Series on DVD
Shoestring, the massively BBC series from 1979, starred Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) as radio ‘Private Ear’ Eddie Shoestring and made him a British household name. Now, for the first time, this set brings both series together in Shoestring: The Complete Series – on DVD from 2nd October.
DARK TALES FROM THE EDGE OF THE EMPIRE: CRAIG SISTERSON ON NEW ZEALAND CRIME
Last month the finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Awards were revealed, and on 28 October we’ll find out who has won this year’s prizes. Back in 2010, I helped establish the awards, which are for crime, mystery and thriller writing by New Zealand authors. This year a lot of newer authors have come to the fore during the judging process (along with the establishment of a new Non Fiction category), so I’m very curious to find out who the judges have chosen…
Killer Women Scoop: Crime Writer to Reveal Secret Identity at “Killer Weekend”
Highly-acclaimed debut thriller writer, Jack Bowman, whose real identity has been the subject of much speculation in crime writing circles, is to take part in the Killer Weekend 2017 crime writing weekend in London next month. His appearance, in his favourite fitted grey dress and high heels might surprise a few of the budding crime novelists present…
To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on Crime Fiction
I did warn you on the occasion of my opening column last month, that I would sometimes review books that do not strictly fall under the traditional crime and mystery purview. Never more so than this month, which also includes some science fiction, albeit of an investigative locked-room variation…
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes & Damaged by Martina Cole
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times
There are several ready-made markets for this novel by the niece of the writer Julian Fellowes: the Downton Abbey audience (who will note the surname shared with that show’s creator), aficionados of Golden Age crime, and those with an appetite for the privileged world of the Mitford sisters
The Ashes of Berlin – Luke McCallin [book offer]
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award 2017
Currently available on offer for just £6. 99 exclusively from No Exit Press
1947 and Gregor Reinhardt is back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power…
Thriller Roundup: Barry Forshaw in The Guardian
The Susan Effect by Peter Høeg; Suburra by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo; The Accordionist by Fred Vargas; A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward; and The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
Ausma Zehanat Khan: Words & Music
Welcome to Words and Music and thank you for taking a moment out of your UK Book Tour to speak with me about your literary and musical influences! You’re having a very exciting week here in the UK with an interview on Radio 4s Woman’s Hour, book signings and a Blog...
LUKE MCCALLIN: WORDS & MUSIC
Welcome to Words and Music with Luke McCallin, author of the Reinhardt series. The latest, book three, The Ashes of Berlin, is now out in paperback and can be purchased at all good bookshops and via Amazon. Luke, could we start with a brief introduction to your...
Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews
As someone who earns their crust writing about crime fiction and films, I have to confess that I particularly enjoy covering (whenever I can) another passion of mine: horror films. But in that area, I defer to my friend and colleague Kim Newman, who is the unchallenged doyen in this territory
Human Face: Aline Templeton Talks to Crime Time
My latest book, Human Face (Allison & Busby) is coming out in January 2018. After writing nine DI Marjory Fleming books, I’m excited about this new venture. It all started with an image that somehow came to me: a woman, standing on a cliff edge; a man controlling a devil dog that forces her step by step back, and back, and back…
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me by Maura McHugh
Maura McHugh is a writer with a pronounced taste for the bizarre and the off-kilter; her books include Twisted Myths and Twisted Fairytales, while her comics work (sometimes co-authored with Kim Newman) shows a similar predilection for the pleasingly unorthodox. All of which makes her the perfect author for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
A Patient Fury: Sarah Ward Talks to Crime Time
My latest crime novel, A Patient Fury, opens with a deadly house fire, seemingly ignited by the mother of the family. I wrote the book while preoccupied by fire, partly as a response to a real-life tragedy played out near me in which six children were killed in a blaze started by their parents
Cardinal First Season set for UK DVD Debut
Cardinal The Complete First Season’is set for UK DVD Debut from eOne on 2 October 2017. A brand new darker than dark Canadian TV drama Cardinal is set to become the newest contender to the crown of mind-blowing foreign imports.
Noireland is Born
NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival is getting off to an incredible start with some of the greatest names in crime fiction. The festival takes place from 27-29 October 2017 at Belfast’s iconic Europa Hotel. NOIRELAND is a celebration of Ireland’s love of crime fiction.
ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves, Matthew Carter & Andrew Patrick Nelson, eds
The American director Delmer Daves has never enjoyed the critical attention lavished on other Hollywood professionals such as Don Siegel. Finally, however, in this collection of insightful new essays on the life and work of the veteran Hollywood filmmaker, he is granted his critical due
Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Martina Cole for Noirwich
Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Martina Cole amongst killer line-up at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.The fastest growing crime festival in the UK and biggest in the east of England returns for fourth year in September
Second Killer Women Weekend
The Second Killer Women Weekend (follwing the highly successful debut) will be on 10am-6pm, 28 & 29 October 2017 at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden, London WC2.
Where in the Dark: Karen Millie-James talks to Crime Time
My latest novel follows the investigations of Cydney Granger, a corporate forensics specialist. The subject matter is one that I have considered writing for some time because I wanted to delve into the psychopathy of the Nazis and examine why they committed genocide on such an horrific scale…
Covering Pascal Garnier & Anthony Horowitz in the Financial Times
Covering Pascal Garnier & Anthony Horowitz in the Financial Times…
To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on Crime Fiction
A Life in Books For as far as I remember I was a voracious reader (long before I became a writer, and in that wake juggling as a publisher, bookseller and then a full-time writer again...). In fact, my first appearance in print was at the ripe age of 14 with a book...
Chirovici, Cleeves, Lapena, Meyer and Nesbo shortlisted for 2017 Icepick Award
The authors and Icelandic translators of the following five novels are shortlisted for the 2017 Icepick Award, the award for the best translated crime fiction in Iceland this year
New French Crime: Fred Vargas and Pierre LeMaitre
In the first part of her career, Fred Vargas invented two investigators, Louis Kehlweiler and the now-more-familiar Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. Sans feu ni lieu (basically, ‘homeless’) was published in 1997, and seems to have been the last of the series ‘The Three Evangelists’…