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Author of the Month for July is Kathy Reichs and her new novel, Two Nights. This is the start of a new series featuring Sunday (Sunnie) Night, a woman who has been damaged by events in her past. Despite this, a feeling that Sunnie isn't a pushover, Reichs manages to make her 'human', and by the end of the book I was routing for Sunnie. A great start to what appears to be an intriguing series.

Fresh Blood for June is Wendy Walker and her debut, All Is Not Forgotten. Intrepid reviewer and author, Sheila Bugler raved about this book. Although it has been out since February, Sheila was very assured that this title was definitely one that had to be given the Fresh Blood crown. Who am I to argue with a strong, Irish woman like Sheila!

We have a bumper number of fantastic Reviews from all the Crimesquad team including the likes of Jo Nesbo, Louise Welsh, Michael J. Malone, Fred Vargas, Joe Thomas and classics from Celia Fremlin and Georgette Heyer. There is a bumper load for you to choose from and plenty you will want to take on holiday!

Classic Crime is Janet Neel to celebrate the re-issue of her last book, Ticket to Ride. Neel won the John Creasey Debut Dagger Award back in 1989 with the first in the Francesca Wilson and Inspector John McLeish books which were a great success. This latest features a new heroine, Jules Carlisle, a new solicitor who gets embroiled in a case of illegal trafficking. Although this was first published in 2005, the subject matter is still very relevant, more so now with Brexit and a gripping read.

Sarah Hilary has written a wonderful piece for us on one of my favourite authors, Celia Fremlin on the Events page. For years I have championed this forgotten writer. Then all her books were re-issued though Faber Finds in early 2015. Now, her most famous novel, The Hours Before Dawn which won the Edgar for Best Crime Novel in 1960, has had the Faber makeover and given a wonderful new cover along with glow-in-the-dark title! I introduced Sarah to Fremlin a few years ago and... well, I will let you read what Sarah thinks of Fremlin in her own words.

The Penguin microsite features Matthew Richardson and his astonishing espionage drama, My Name is Nobody. Richardson is a researcher and speech writer in Westminster, which could lead people to believe that Richardson is highly qualified to write a novel about stretching the truth and giving a skewed version of the truth! Perfect qualifications for a spy novel! Enjoy!

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Top Ten features the latest exciting books that any reader MUST put in their suitcase. These are perfect reads whether you prefer to be beside the pool, or on the beach.

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 a huge amount of books during's twelve 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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