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August Author of the Month is Martyn Waites who is back writing under his own name after writing as Tania Carver since 2009. Now, after eight Carver novels, Waites is back under his own name with new characters, the main one being Tom Killgannon, a man with a past he is hiding from in the small Cornish village of St. Petroc. This is no idyllic village in Cornwall. It is a forgotten village. The young folk have moved to where the jobs are, the shops are vanishing due to nobody having any money and matters look set to get worse with Brexit on the horizon. Amongst all this is Tom Killgannon who just wants to keep low, but matters continue to make him put his head above the parapet – and discovery…

Fresh Blood for August is the Ngaio Marsh Shortlisted author, Jennifer Lane and her stunning and heartfelt debut, All Our Secrets. I was honoured to be a judge for the Debut Crime Novel for the Ngaio Marsh Awards this year. As part of the celebration for the newly announced shortlist, I asked Craig Sisterson if I could highlight Jennifer Lane’s debut as it made such a big impression on me. This is a beautifully told tale of a young girl’s involvement in murders in her small town. Gracie is a ball of confusion and the upheaval dealt to her life causes her to be even more fractious. With tones of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, this is a fantastic and assured debut novel from a rare talent.

Reviews this month include Jackie Baldwin, Linwood Barclay, L.J. Morris, Catherine Steadman, Aiden Truhen, Sabine Durrant plus another classic from the pen of Georges Simenon.

Classic Crime will throw a spotlight on Robert Bloch and his famous creation, Norman Bates from his classic novel, Psycho.

We will be highlighting Jørn Lier Horst on our
Events page in August to publicise his new crime novel, The Katharina Code.

The Penguin microsite currently features Jo Jakeman to celebrate the excitement generated about her debut, Sticks and Stones which was our Fresh Blood author in July. Check out the microsite and our review of this stunning book.

Penguin Microsite

Well, who would have thought we would be enjoying such amazing weather this summer! Whether you enjoy the heat or not, this is a perfect opportunity to sit out in the garden and read a gripping book. I have selected ten books I believe you will enjoy, whether it be psychological, Domestic Noir, thriller… there should be something great here for you to choose and devour in the midday sun!

Top Ten These are definitely ones you will want to pack in your suitcase with your lotion and flip-flops.

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 thirteen years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!

If you have any comments or have a particular author you would like to see highlighted on this website please e-mail me at

Chris Simmons
Online Editor.