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Author of the Month for June is Laura Wilson. I have followed Wilson’s progress since her crime debut, ‘A Little Death in 1999. Having written psychological standalones at the beginning, Wilson segued in to the D.I. Stratton series in 2008. The first, Stratton’s War gained her the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for Best Historical Crime Novel. Now, Wilson delivers her first psychological novel since 2006 with The Wrong Girl. This is a poignant novel about parenthood and the loss of a child through both adoption and kidnapping. It is about identity and how attitudes within society have changed so rapidly in such a short space of time. I cannot praise this novel highly enough. I loved it so was an easy choice to give Laura Wilson the ‘Author of the Month’ page. Read it and I am sure you will agree with me.

Intrepid reviewer, Graham Smith who was Fresh Blood himself only in April, has reviewed several collections and novellas by Col Bury in recent years. Now Col Bury has finally brought out his debut novel, My Kind of Justice – and Graham insisted it needed to be Fresh Blood for June. Knowing the danger of ignoring the rants of a burly Scotsman, I let him sound a fanfare for Bury’s debut. I know Col has a strong fan base and I am sure they will be salivating to get their hands on this man’s crime fiction debut.

As always, we have a plethora (I love using that word!) of Reviews in June for you. From historical crime to a cracking good spy thriller, we have some of the best on show that is currently out there. Check out new books from Greg Iles, and Tess Gerritsen. We also have a large number of other new authors for you to devour: Ragnar Jonasson, Mike Craven, T.R. Richmond, Andreas Norman and Denzil Meyrick plus many others and more to be added during June. We so know how to spoil you!!

The Penguin microsite currently features Nicci French. This crime writing couple first appeared in 1997 with The Memory Game. Now they are on the fifth of the planned eight book story arc featuring psychotherapist, Frieda Klein. Penguin is certainly backing great winners in recent years with their crime catalogue bursting with top notch crime writers.

Penguin Microsite

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.

Our 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.

Listing one’s favourite crime novels, with no concerns about importance or pretence at objectivity or anything of that sort, is much easier. The difficulty is that such lists tend to be greeted with howls of ‘Wot, no Raymond Chandler’ (or Edgar Allen Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle or who you will) and the implication that failure to include the howler’s personal choice is a sure sign that the compiler is, on this topic at least, entirely clueless. What follows is, therefore, an entirely subjective list, in strictly chronological order, of ten of the crime novels which I have found most inspiring and which have given me the most pleasure, with no attention paid to how influential or otherwise ‘important’ the writers may be.

A selection of the new programme for the Theakston’s 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!
Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival

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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