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Book Review: The Secret Place By Tana French - a psychological thriller set in a Catholic Girls boarding School in The USA

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The Secret Place by Tana French – If you want a book that get’s right into the teenage psyche then this is it! I absolutely loved it.  It’s well written with great characters, a novel story line and keeps you guessing throughout.It’s one of those must reads of 2014!




In Honour of a great British Crime Writer: Rt.,Hon.Phyllis Dorothy Baroness James OBE FRSA FRSL 3rd Aug 1920 - 27th November 2014

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An Unsuitable Job For A Woman


Well, I'm not at all sure that the Rt.,Hon.Phyllis Dorothy Baroness James OBE FRSA FRSL , known and loved by most as Crime Writer P.D. James considered Crime Writing as 'an unsuitable job for a woman.'  In fact, I'm pretty certain she loved every minute of her writing experience... and ,we at The Crime Warp, in turn loved every minute of the  reading and viewing experiences we had courtesy of this talented writer.
                                                 Despite coming to writing late (her mid thirties) she wrote 20 crime novels, many featuring policeman poet Adam Dalgliesh,  which have been serialised on TV.                                                                                                                         Well respected within the Crime Writing community she was the recipient of many Awards including The Cartier Diamond Dagger (1987), The Edgar Grand Master Award 1999, Macavity Award for Best Mystery novel (A Ta…

Look Out For These. For November I'm suggesting an audio drama, a radio programme and of course, a couple of excellent novels!

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Hello and welcome to my monthly post, highlighting crime and thriller fiction worth looking out for. I’ve previously concentrated exclusively on novels, but this month I wanted to highlight a couple of other things I believe are worth looking out for.

Six Degrees of Assassination is an exciting five hour political thriller series by Audible. It starts on a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7. The happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. Just two months after the general election which saw his government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest. Alex Cartwright, MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer (Andrew Scott) must find out the truth and the action follows Cartwright’s investigation into the assassination. Six people, from assassin to mastermind, are unravelled from…

Book review. The Dead Pass by Colin Bateman. Starkey is still odd but Bateman is definitely a class act at putting together a great story

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Book Review ; The Advent Killer By Alastair Gunn (Santa Claus is coming to town... or is it The Advent Killer

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Book Review: The Advent Killer by Alastair Gunn
This is British Author Alastair Gunn’s debut novel andif the standard of writing in The Advent Killer is anything to go by he has a promising career ahead of him.




Book Review : The Meating Room by TF Muir (not for the weak stomached but definitely for Police Procedural fans)

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The Meating Room by TF Muir This is quite graphic in bits- not for the weak stomached
This is a serial killer book with a difference.When a prominent business man is found dead (thought suicide) in his car in a remote woodland area near St Andrews, the police immediately want to notify his wife.However on arrival at the family home they discover his wife and two children murdered.His wife has had large areas of skin removed from her body.Initially the suspicion is that he murdered his family and then committed suicide.


Blog Tour: David Baldacci. This is the first stop of David Baldacci's 2014 blog tour, where David tells The Crime Warp about "keeping it fresh"

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Last night I got to page 402 of David Baldacci’s new novel, The Escape. An exciting action based plot twist had kept me on the page, but shortly before midnight I just had to stop because I needed to go to work this morning! This is the first of the Agent John Puller novels I’ve read (third in the series) and I found it a great blend of good writing, strong characters and sharp plot. David’s written five different series of novels as well as eleven standalone books.

We asked David about how he juggles all the different characters and stories. We wanted to know how he managed to make all his series and the novels within them so distinct so he’s “keeping it fresh”. Here’s his answer.

I have several series running now, all of them very different from one another, which forces me to keep things fresh and original. I don’t chase headlines because you run the risk of your plot ending up in a newspaper article before your book is even finished. I like to write about things that interes…

Book review Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver - A great example of a Private Investigator procedural! (If there is such a thing)

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Book review Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver - A  great example of a Private Investigator procedural! (If there is such a thing)

This is the first Tim Weaver book I've read but it most certainly won't be the last!

For me, Fall from Grace was one of those books that kept me gripped all the way through as I guessed and second guessed myself to find the link between two very strong storylines told in parallel.



Looking Back. The British Library republishes a series of classic spy thrillers and crime novels from the golden age of British detective fiction

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Book Review: James Patterson two for the price of one: Private LA and Private India

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These James Patterson books are ‘easy reads’ - you know the sort of book you can read for ten minutes here and there like on a bus journey and not have to concentrate too hard.Having said that, they are strangely addictive and I rarely miss them.Definitely good Christmas pressies and nice to have around the houseor on your kindle to indulge yourself when the mood takes.




41 Days to goThe Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2014

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The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins!

41 days left to vote...

Vote from our shortlist to enter the draw to win either a bundle of books or a trio of books.  
Deadline 25th Dec 2014



Shortlist
Belinda Bauer:             Rubbernecker James Carol:                Watch Me
Ann Cleeves:Harbour Street
Chris Ewan:                   Dark Tides
A.D Garrett :                   Believe No One
Elly Griffiths:                 The Outcast Dead
Anya Lipska :                 Death Can't Take A Joke
David Mark :                   Sorrow Bound
Peter May:                      The Critic
Val McDermid :              The Skeleton Road
James Oswald :              Dead Men's Bones

L. Voss & M. Edwards : From The Cradle
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Book Review: The Skeleton Road . Ms McDermid takes us from Buildering up a derelict Edinburgh school to experiencing war torn Croatia through the eyes of a woman in love, to the cloistered elite of Oxford Academia. – not bad considering she’s recently been busy having mortuaries named after her, writing her take on Northanger Abbey and having her Forensics Book published.

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Book Review: The Skeleton Road .Ms McDermid takes us from Buildering up a derelict school to experiencingwar torn Croatia through the eyes of a woman in love, to the cloistered elite of Oxford Academia. – not bad considering she’s recently been busy having mortuaries named after her, writing her take on Northanger Abbey and having her Forensics Book published.







LAUNCHING : The Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2014

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The Crime Warp New Years Honours Shortlist 2014 You decide which lucky UK crime novel will be awarded The Crime Warp novel of 2014! (and you could win either a mega bundle ofcrime  books or a trio of crime books. (Results published 31st Dec 2014)




Blog Tour. Dreda Say Mitchell talks about writing and her new series of novels, or as Dreda puts it " How The Show Goes On And On: Writing A Series"

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