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Press Release: Rebus Writer Unmasked As Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival 2020 Programming Chair

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The best-selling writer behind the Inspector Rebus books has been unmasked as the programming chair for next year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
As a result, Ian Rankin – who has sold more than 20 million books and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literature – has been charged with pulling together a “most wanted” list of guest authors and speakers to headline next year’s four-day event.
Since its launch in 2003, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has become recognised as one of the biggest – and most important – celebrations of crime writing in the world.
Last year’s festival, which boasted a killer line up of more than 100 authors including Harlan Coben, Jeffery Deaver and Jo Nesbo, saw Northern Irish author Steve Cavanagh winning the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for 2019, for his book Thirteen.
A special presentation was also made to American literary giant James Patterson - who became the winner of the tenth Theak…

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, Book Review

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Another hugely enjoyable crime novel by an Irish author. What is it with the Irish? How do they produce so many good writers? Taking their population numbers into account they must be the per capita writing world leaders. Did they all kiss the Blarney Stone? Did they suck in ‘a way with words’ with their mother’s milk? Whatever … , I’ll get on with my review of Dervla McTiernan’s second book, a good follow-up to her first book, The Ruin, which was shortlisted for two awards, one in Ireland, the other in the US.   Detective Cormac Reilly faces a very tricky investigation into the murder of Carline Darcy, the granddaughter of the wealthy and ruthless pharmaceuticals tycoon John Darcy. Cormac Reilly’s personal situation is made infinitely more difficult as his brilliant but troubled girlfriend Emma discovers the body and seeing that she an indirect link to the victim, soon becomes a suspect. How do you investigate a case when your partner is one of the suspects? And what does that do to…

Time for the Dead by Lin Anderson, Guest Book Review

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Time for the Dead is the 14th book in the Rhona MacLeod series by Lin Anderson. Returning to her childhood home on the island of Skye, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod hopes to spend some time recovering from the traumatic events that played out in the previous novel. However, she encounters what appears to be a crime scene in the woods – the complication being there is no body. Fortunately, she is helped by local tracker dog Blaze [an interesting plot device] and is off on the trail of some army medics on leave from Afghanistan. After the discovery of a body at the base of a famous cliff and a potential link to a DS McNab case in Glasgow, before long all of Rhona’s colleagues are joining her on the investigation.
It is often said that the landscape in which a story is set can often act as an additional character and this is particularly true in this novel. It is excellently described in its beauty and brutality and plays no small part in the evolution of the story. In fact, the evocat…

The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry, Book Review

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Dan Brown said of this book, ‘My kind of thriller’ and I see why. Lots of interesting history, conspiracy, violence and travel to engaging settings. This latest Cotton Malone book, the 14th in the series, can be read as a stand-alone by anyone new to this engaging protagonist. 
The author Steve Barry has obviously done his research into the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, their Malta base, Rome and the Vatican and even Mussolini, his secret correspondence with Churchill and Mussolini’s death in Northern Italy. If you are a devout Roman Catholic, you might want to give this novel a miss, as the author does not shy away from controversial interpretations of early church history and the corruption at the heart of the Vatican. For those, who like pacey action thrillers blended with conspiracy, then go for it!
The Cotton Malone books are probably some of the most action-packed historical crime novels on the go. Malone has now retired as an operative from the US Justice Department and und…

The Body on the Train by Frances Brody, Book Review

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Another enjoyable Kate Shackleton mystery by popular historic crime author Frances Brody. Set in Yorkshire in 1929 during the time of labour unrest and widespread poverty, Kate is hired by Scotland Yard to undertake a sensitive investigation as a consultant. Being an investigator evidently means learning a lot about a wide variety of topics, including, in this case, rhubarb. I have actually attended a talk on rhubarb growing in Yorkshire, so I wasn’t surprised to read about the ‘Rhubarb Special’ train which delivers the huge quantities of rhubarb in season to London. I wasn’t expecting a dead body in among the rhubarb though, but then, anything can happen in Yorkshire.
Fortunately, Kate is well connected and instigates an invitation to a country house in the rural area suspected by the police to be the centre of a conspiracy. Many current crime authors feel that their plots must touch upon a quest for social justice, or at least reflect social realism and represent minority and disad…

Blog Tour: A Death in Mayfair by Mark Ellis. Guest Article: THE WORLD WAR 2 CRIME BOOM

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It gives me great pleasure to be part of the A Death in Mayfair blog tour. It gives me eve greater pleasure to welcome the author, Mark Ellis to The Crime Warp today. mark has kindly written a brilliant and very informative guest article about The World War 2 Crime Boom. I learned some things I didn't know before. 

So, before we get to the article, here's the blurb for Mark's new book A Death in Mayfair:



A Death in Mayfair Blurb
December 1941. On a bright Sunday morning in Hawaii, Japanese planes swoop down and attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. America enters the war and Britain no longer stands alone against Hitler. Conditions on the home front remain bleak. In a city pulverised by the Blitz, with rampant crime and corruption and overstretched police resources, life for Scotland Yard detective Frank Merlin continues as arduous as ever. In the week of Japan's aggression, the shattered body of beautiful film star Laura Curzon is found on the pavement beneath her Mayfa…

Sneaky Peek: Leigh Russell's Deathly Affair (book 13 in her hugely popular DI Geraldine Steel series )

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With well over a million copies sold, it's no secret that Leigh Russell's DI Geraldine Steel is a popular character, so it gives me great pleasure to offer a Sneaky Peek of her most recent Steel thriller DEATHLY AFFAIR

First though, here's the blurb:
Four bodies... But who is guilty in this deadly web of secrecy and lies? When two homeless men are strangled to death, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is disturbed by the cold-blooded nature of the crimes. Her suspicions intensify as two more victims are discovered, forcing her to question the motivation behind the murders. Plagued by red herrings, the investigation drags Geraldine ever deeper into the lives of three people caught in a toxic triangle of love and deception. Are these murders random, or is there more to this than meets the eye? 

A little bit about the lovely author  LEIGH RUSSELL:
Leigh Russell’s Geraldine Steel series has sold over a million copies and is translated throughout Europe, and China. Shortlisted for th…