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Author of the Month for August is Stephen Booth. Celebrating his 15th novel in the Cooper and Fry series, it was decided by huge fan and reviewer, Michael Wood that The Murder Road was definitely worthy of being given the prestigious Author of the Month accreditation. Booth’s books are not simple police procedurals, but are psychological studies of the reason why someone is pushed over the edge to commit the ultimate crime. You can see from Stephen’s Q&A that he is a big fan of Ruth Rendell who herself was more interested in the ‘why’ than the ‘how’.

Fresh Blood for August is J.S. Law and his claustrophobic debut, Tenacity. Drawing on his own experiences within the Royal Navy and his time working on submarines, Law has produced ‘Tenacity’ which introduces Danielle (Dan) Lewis who is literally underwater in a small tube with a bunch of men who are determined to show Lewis she is definitely out of her depth. I thought this was a stunning debut, showing a closed world that is steeped in mystery and subterfuge.

For those of you planning or just about to jet off to sunnier climes, then cast your eye over our Reviews. We have new novels from some of the greats currently operating in crime fiction from Sara Paretsky to Arnaldur Indridason to Chris Carter. And we have a bunch of new kids on the block who are arriving thick and fast and delivering solid and stunning debuts. There are plenty of great novels for any ardent reader while you cook nicely under the Mediterranean sun.

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

Check out the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival microsite for all the news and photos from the festival which by all accounts was one of the best. Don’t forget to read the interviews with Arnaldur Indridason, Sara Paretsky, Hakan Nesser and a privilege interview with the charismatic Lee Child.

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.

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.

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'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
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