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Author of the Month for July is Cathi Unsworth and her amazing new novel, Without the Moon. Cathi Unsworth is a versatile writer and pushes herself with every new novel. Her novels have been based in the 1970’s and 80’s, the 1950’s and now with her latest she lands in 1942 war-torn London during the heaviest phase of the Blitz. Based on two real murder cases during a fortnight in February, Unsworth brings to life the rough life of those in a city when no one could say for certain they would survive the night.

Fresh Blood for July is Sarah Ward and her debut, In Bitter Chill. It is no secret that many moons ago, Sarah did some reviewing for Crimesquad.com before heading off to sunnier shores. Now she is back again and has swapped the heat of Athens for the chill of Derbyshire, which is where she based her debut. Some may say that as a present or past reviewer it is a ‘done deal’ to be made Fresh Blood or Author of the Month. In fact, if anything it is harder. One has to produce a strong piece of work that will keep the attention of any bleary-eyed reviewer – and for Sylvia Dixon she felt that Sarah had all the right elements in her book to choice the high ranks of past Fresh Blood – so read her review and Sarah’s Q&A to decide for yourselves.

As always, we have a cavalcade (a new word I have been using recently) of Reviews in July. We have some of the best on show that is currently out there. Check out new books from Matt Hilton, Sharon Bolton, Tod Goldberg, Louise Welsh, Neil White and Gunnar Staalesen amongst others with more to come mid-month.

The Penguin microsite currently features Karen Perry. This crime writing couple burst on to the scene with their stunning debut, The Boy That Never Was. Now they are back with their second psychological thriller, Only We Know which is even better than their first – if that is possible! There is a great buzz about this writing duo and certainly one any crime reader should seek out and enjoy.

Penguin Microsite

A selection of the new programme for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is now on the Harrogate Festival microsite. Check out the big names of crime fiction who are appearing in 2015 and then click on the link to book your tickets! Also don’t forget to vote for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015. Voting opens on the 1st July until the 13th July.
Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival

Classic Crime in June is the long forgotten classic It Always Rains on Sunday by Arthur La Bern. The divine Cathi Unsworth has written a beautiful accolade to this marvellous writer who reached heady heights during his career only to lose it all through the demon drink. The film of this book was made into a famous Ealing film in 1947 and starred Googie Withers. Another of La Bern’s titles was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock. After decades of obscurity, this title has been re-issued in a gorgeous edition from London Books who have re-printed many lost classics in this wonderful series.

Our June Author of the Month, Laura Wilson was kind enough to put her thinking cap on and deliver her Top Ten crime novels. These really are a feast for any crime aficionado. Here is what Laura had to say about choosing her Top Ten.

Listing one’s favourite crime novels, with no concerns about importance or pretence at objectivity or anything of that sort, is much easier. The difficulty is that such lists tend to be greeted with howls of ‘Wot, no Raymond Chandler’ (or Edgar Allen Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle or who you will) and the implication that failure to include the howler’s personal choice is a sure sign that the compiler is, on this topic at least, entirely clueless. What follows is, therefore, an entirely subjective list, in strictly chronological order, of ten of the crime novels which I have found most inspiring and which have given me the most pleasure, with no attention paid to how influential or otherwise ‘important’ the writers may be.

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 our fair share of books during Crimesquad.com's nine 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.