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May Author of the Month is Ed James and his superb Fenchurch thriller, In For the Kill which I picked up and then couldn’t put it down until I turned the final page! Always a good sign of a great read. This is dark and disturbing stuff and unfortunately, very real. Where James delivers a great read is by pushing his characters centre stage and allowing them a life filled with indecision. For me, this gave what could have just been another thriller, heart. A superb read.

Fresh Blood for May is the CWA Debut Dagger Shortlisted, Roz Watkins and her supernatural crime thriller, The Devil’s Dice. This debut beds down amongst the myth and legend of the land as well as Greek mythology. This all adds to a wonderful and fraught case for new DI on the block, Meg Dalton. Watkins’ detective is not your usual main character, but she is certainly one that stands out from the crowd. I really enjoyed this book and I am sure you will become a fan of Meg after reading this book!

Reviews this month include Belinda Bauer, Mark Edwards, Jeffery Deaver, Araminta Hall and a couple more classics from the pen of Georges Simenon with more to come during the coming month.

Classic Crime is American suspense writer, Ursula Curtiss. Curtiss came from a line of crime writers. Her mother was the crime writer, Helen Reilly and her sister was also a well-known writer of the genre, Mary McMullen. Curtiss has been on my radar for many years, but only now have I got round to reading my first book of hers: (Letter of Intent). I now wonder why it took me so long to get round to Curtiss, but I will certainly be reading more suspense novels by this clever and tricky writer. A new Classic Crime author will be added later in May.

Events page is a piece from Saul David, the author of the new Zulu Hart novel, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders. Major George Hart is back from Africa and asked to keep an eye on Prince Albert Victor who is a possible target for some assassins. Added to the mix are a series of gruesome murders committed by the now legendary, Jack the Ripper. Read Saul David’s piece on how his novel came to be written.

The Penguin microsite features Icelandic sensation, Ragnar Jónasson to celebrate the release of The Darkness, a new series featuring Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir. For those fans of his Ari Thor novels – you are in for a huge treat!!

Penguin Microsite

Yes, despite the wet weather we have been having in the U.K., we are now turning out thoughts to that summer holiday, whether here or abroad. So, Top Ten will be changed soon to highlight some of the most exciting holiday reads that you will definitely want to pack in your suitcase.

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 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
Online Editor.