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The Forty (nine) Steps

Back in the dim and distant time that was 2012 when I was but a much younger thing I set myself my first ever Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Challenge (TOPCWFC). 366 more words

Crime Fiction

Preview: Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will return to Yorkshire this year, for the fourteenth year running.

From Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24 the festival will be held at the Old Swan Hotel, with up to 90 authors attending. 560 more words

Crime Fiction

Darcy and Elizabeth - Again

Can there ever be too much exposure to Darcy and Elizabeth?

Best-selling American author Curtis Sittenfeld thinks not. Talking of her new novel, Eligible… 244 more words


Preview: Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland, a festival celebrating the work of crime authors from around the world is once again returning for the fifth year running.

From Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11 the festival will take place in Stirling, in the centre of Scotland. 254 more words

Crime Fiction

Tartan Noir in 2016

 The success of Regional Crime Fiction is so global and has been prevalent  for seemingly so long already, it is easy to forget nowadays that the trend to set  crime novels away from the big crime capitals – the traditional sites of “Urban Mysteries” since the mid 19th Century (typically, Paris, London, New York, later Los Angeles and Chicago)- is still relatively recent in European Crime Fiction. 223 more words


The Wire In The Blood, and The Retribution by Val McDermid

The Wire In The Blood is Val McDermid’s second novel featuring clinical psychologist Tony Hill and DI Carol Jordan.  The first book in the series, The Mermaids Singing, marked something of a change for McDermid; already the author of several popular series of crime novels, she took things in a much darker direction with Mermaids.   1,263 more words


Cross and Burn by Val McDermid

I read Cross and Burn during my three hour wait at Heathrow airport and the onward journey to Hong Kong. The sense of increasing menace and suspense kept me absorbed and made my long journey much better than expected. 308 more words

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