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Author of the Month for April is Isabelle Grey. ‘The Special Girls’ is the third novel to feature DI Grace Fisher and journalist, Ivo Sweatman. Grace Fisher has a strong sense of duty, especially with those who are vulnerable. Her connection to Ivo has to remain secret and both benefit from this relationship – professionally as well as emotionally. Ivo can see the strong heart in Fisher which is why he has an unspoken fondness for the young DI. This is very raw subject matter which has polluted the news for the past few years. Isabelle Grey does an excellent job of weaving this issue into a police murder investigation with accuracy and sensitivity. This is why I nominated her for ‘Author of the Month’.

Fresh Blood has been nominated by crime writer and reviewer, Sheila Bugler. Good Me/Bad Me by Ali Land. Who am I to argue with a crime writer with three books under her belt! Land’s book is one that has been gathering excitement through word of mouth, and by Sheila’s review, it appears that it is certainly justified.

We have a bumper number of fantastic Reviews from all the Crimesquad team including the likes of Barbara Nadel, Sarah Hilary, Mick Finlay, Jane Casey, JJ Marsh, James Oswald and a Campion classic from Margery Allingham.

The Penguin microsite features Nuala Ellwood and her debut crime novel, My Sister’s Bones. Nuala is also the Fresh Blood author on in March. We feel this book is so good she deserves two shout-outs from us!!!

Penguin Microsite

Classic Crime for April will be coming soon!

Top Ten is on hiatus for the moment, but will be back!

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you can’t recall the surname. And for good measure you can also search under the title of the book. Simply click on the box at the top of the page and then click on to the letter of the author/title you would like to find. As you will see, we have reviewed a huge amount of books during's twelve years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!


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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.