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Before I start my title page, I would like to thank all our readers for their constant support over this past year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019.

December Author of the Month is Will Carver and his storming novel, Good Samaritans. Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth.

Crimesquad reviewer, Michael Wood praised this new novel from Will Carver and so it simply HAD to be this month’s Author of the Month. There is a great buzz about this book, and I am sure you will be raving about it as well.

Fresh Blood for December is a brilliant Christmas chiller, Under the Ice by Rachael Blok. This is the chilliest crime novel I have read all year! A murder just before Christmas in the snow of St. Albans opens Blok’s book and with the constant layers of snow and chilling cold, you will best read this book with a comfort blanket tightly wrapped around you!

Reviews this month include Simon Kernick, Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Louise Penny, C.J. Sansom and many others plus more classics from the pen of Georges Simenon. More reviews will go online as December progresses, giving you a plethora of books to choose from to buy a loved one… or even yourself!

Classic Crime in December will feature one of my all-time favourite crime/psychological writers, Margaret Millar with a new re-issue of Vanish in an Instant. I have loved Millar’s books since the early 1990’s and have handed out many of her books to friends and family. In recent years, more and more of her books have come back in to print which can only be a cause of celebration. ‘Vanish in an Instant’ is one of my favourites of Millar’s body of work and one I am sure you will love as well.

Events highlights a non-fiction book called King Com by Paul Willetts. They do say that fact can be stranger than fiction and that is never shown to better effect than with this book as Willetts chronicles the life of Edgar Laplante, conman extraordinaire who fleeced millions from those who fell for his sweet patter and lies. Here, Willetts tells how he was first introduced to Edgar who pulled his greatest stunt during the 20’s and 30’s. If you wrote this as a novel, people would say they would never believe the plot! So, be prepared to swallow a lot of what Edgar got away with as truth! His story really does beggar belief!

The Penguin microsite highlights Chris Mooney’s latest novel featuring Investigator Darby McCormick deals with a disappearance of a young girl eleven years ago. There is a prime suspect, but without any proof he has never been charged. Now, on his death bed, Darby expects a confession to his crimes, but what she learns turns the case on its head. Again, Mooney delivers a pulse-racing case which will have you flipping those pages at a rapid pace until you reach the shocking conclusion.

Penguin Microsite

Don’t forget to take a look at my Christmas Top Ten with some amazing Christmas titles which I am sure you will enjoy over the festive season.

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!


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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.