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The 2014 Theakstons’ Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival was a smash hit with all those thousands of people who flocked to get their fix of crime fiction spread over three days. Chair Steve Mosby should be very proud of himself for producing a sterling event that highlighted the best of what is out there in the current crime fiction market. Congratulations to the whole Harrogate team who work so hard all year round to make these three days so spectacular. Take a look on the Harrogate Festival microsite to see pictures of the event plus intrepid reviewer and reporter, Graham Smith interviews Steve Mosby and John Harvey.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Our resident entrepreneur, Graham Smith sang the praises of Joseph Finder’s new novel, Suspicion and he insisted Finder became Author of the Month at the earliest opportunity. Such high praise, indeed and who am I to argue with the great man. So, read Graham’s review and Joseph’s very interesting Q&A.

Fresh Blood in August is a stunning debut that has hints of Gone Girl but going up another level. ’Dear Daughter’ is the debut novel from Elizabeth Little and encompasses many facets of the modern world from media scrutiny and invasion to the ugly side of Celebrity. Yes, that is Celebrity with a capital ‘C’!

Again, my reviewer insisted that this was one of those few novels that REALLY stand out as something quite special, so it had to be August’s ‘Fresh Blood. We believe this is a title you will see many reading on the subway! We have rarely been wrong about out ‘punts’ in the past and we feel just as strongly about this one, too!

Reviews is yet again stacked to the rafters with brand new reviews from some new faces on the crime fiction block. Included are brand new thriller fromSheila Quigley, John Harvey, Jo Nesbo, plus newbies like Alex Marwood, Charlaine Harris, Michael A. Kahn, Christopher Galt, Paul Carson, Janet Evanovich and tons more! And more to come throughout the month!

Janet Neel won the CWA John Creasey Dagger for her crime debut, Death's Bright Angel' in 1988. This introduced DI John McLeish and Francesca Wilson. Her writing style is remeniscient of P.D. James. Neel was to write seven novels in this series. Now with Ostara Crime re-issuing these books, now is a good time as any to rediscover these remarkable books. Check out Janet Neel on Classic Crime.

Barry Forshaw is the man who knows everyone! If you mention a famous name I guarantee you Barry will have met him/her or been invited to a lunch/dinner with them. But it is never done with arrogance as for Barry it is simply a part of his life, to meet people. Barry is the ultimate raconteur and weaves a marvellous tale. Recently he has shot up in my estimations even more when he told me he had met Patricia Highsmith once. Despite having read that she wasn't exactly the easiest of people to approach, Highsmith has been on my list of people you could invite to a dinner party. But I am digressing. Barry has always been a guiding light, especially when I first timidly entered the crime fiction arena. Others were reticent to talk to the 'new kid on the block', but Barry was inviting, charming and always welcoming - and still is every time I see him. He is the sort of bloke you wish was your Dad - and I am sure he won't be pleased as I don't think there are that many years between us!

Barry has put together the most astonishingly accomplished Top Ten I have ever seen. I knew that with Barry's range and wide knowledge that it would be a good Top Ten - but Barry has surpassed even my expectations. I won't delay you any longer. Click on to Barry's Top Ten. There are at least three titles there that I have pulled out of my library of 'Books To Be Read' and placed them at the top purely on Barry's recommendation. I challenge anyone not to find at least two of these titles too hard to resist!

Barry Forshaw's 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 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!
 

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

Chris Simmons
Online Editor.