Author of the Month for May is the Queen of the Psychological Thriller, Minette Walters. This lady literally burst on to the crime scene in the early nineties with her first novel, The Ice House which was very quickly followed by the mind-blowing The Scultress which remains one of my favourite books of all time. Intrepid Crimesquad.com reviewer, Michael Wood is also a huge fan of Walters and we have had many conversations lamenting the fact that we have had nothing from the pen of the lady since back in 2007. Thankfully, that is now about to be corrected with her new book, The Cellar. It is always with some trepidation that you approach a book when a favoured writer has not produced anything for so many years, but thankfully Michael can put any fears to rest as he loved it and was adamant that Minette Walters be our .Author of the Month for May. Of course, one of the questions we had to ask was if Minette was writing a new novel. I let you read her answer!
Fresh Blood is the new crime debut from Renee Knight. Her debut novel, Disclaimer, (just like our FB in January, The Girl on the Train), has taken the book world by storm. Again, Michael Wood saw the potential of this book and pounced on it and has been raving about it since. Disclaimer is another one of those books you will see a plethora of on any train you take in the near future. This is one of those books you simply canít miss out on!
Reviews in May are many and diverse. We have Historical crime from Rory Clements and the new Campion adventure based in 1969 from Mike Ripley. There is the new novel from a former Fresh Blood author, Emma Kavanagh which is even better than her debut, (if that is possible). And because they were so good, we have reviews on two new non-fiction titles one of which is The Writerís Guide to Police Practice and Procedure which reviewer, Jim Gracie says any writer wanting to write a police procedural should not be without. More reviews will be added throughout May.
The Penguin microsite currently features Jake Woodhouse. Penguin are certainly backing great winners in recent years with their crime catalogue bursting with top notch crime writers. First it was James Oswald and fast catching him up is Jake Woodhouse. Woodhouse is a serious writer you cannot afford to miss!
Classic Crime in April will be Joseph Hansen. I have been meaning to read this guyís work for many years, and despite having several Brandstetter titles, just never found the time. When I found that Hodder was re-issuing the first three titles in the Brandstetter series, I was determined this was going to be a golden opportunity to read this writer I had heard so much about. So many accolades have been written about Hansen and I can only continue the tradition by adding my own accolade to this manís work. If you havenít read him, then donít be like me and wait so long till you try him.
A selection of the new programme for the Theakstonís 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!
To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you canít 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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