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The Big Announcement: The Crime Warp New Years Honours Award for best UK Crime novel 2014 goes to....

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For weeks now fans of Crime Fiction all over the world have been voting for their favourite UK Crime book of 2014 in ...

The Crime Warp New Years Honours Award.

Now voting has closed and The Crime Warp team are pleased to announce that The Crime Warp New Years Honours Award for best UK Crime Book 2014 goes to...

Competition: The Chessmen Chain Selfie Competition on The Crime Warp (win a copy of Peter May's stunning Hebrides book in HB with amazing photography by David Wilson and a copy of his new book Runaway)

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As a very chuffed, slightly smug and decidedly honoured Peter May Super Fan, I am proud to Launch The Chessmen Selfie Competition with the prize of  a HB copy of Hebrides to a winner chosen at random... and straight from the publishers a copy of Peter's newest book Runaway(release date 15th january 2015)


The aim is to make the longest and most far reaching selfie Chessmen Chain possible... so come on all of you who have read one or more of the trilogy get Selfieing







To Enter: 1/ email a Selfie photo of yourself and a copy of The Chessmen or one of the other books inThe Lewis Trilogy (kindle readers use the kindle title or cover page in your photo)to:  thecrimewarpblog@yahoo.co.uk
2/ WriteChessmen Chain in the subject column
3/ Provide your name and where you live
4/ Don't forget to attach your Chessmen Selfie
5/Closing Date:  Midnight February 1st 2015 when one lucky selfie entrant will be chos

Book review : The Burning Room by Michael Connolly. If you’re a Bosch fan (and I mean Harry not electrical appliances) you’ll understand what I mean when I say that reading The Burning Room was like slipping into a nice cosy onesie- comfortable, familiar, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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In this, the 19th Harry Bosch book Connelly writes a tight plot with a huge sentimental nod to Bosch cases past catching the essence of Harry Bosch as he’s evolved –  In many ways (for me anyway) The Burning Room is reminiscent of John Harvey’s final Charlie Resnick book Darkness Darkness – Relax though I don’t think this is the final Harry Bosch book!

Last Chance to vote ...The Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2014

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The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins!

Last Chance 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

Look Out For These! December’s pick starts looking forward to 2015, which is going to be a great year for crime and thriller readers

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5 Days to vote... The Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2014

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The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins!

5 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

Book reviews : A Quartet of romantic, yet gritty crime thrillers by a Quintet of women writer's Mary Burton, Beverley Barton, Karen Rose, Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

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These are A Quintet of Women Crime Fiction Writers who add a touch of romance, raw sex, raunchiness or  even the supernatural to their crime books.
If you like your crime with a romantic flavour this quartet of books by a quintet of women is for you.

Competition: The Chessmen Chain Selfie Competition on The Crime Warp (win a copy of Peter May's stunning Hebrides book in HB with amazing photography by David Wilson)

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As a very chuffed, slightly smug and decidedly honoured Peter May Super Fan, I am proud to Launch The Chessmen Selfie Competition with the prize of  a HB copy of Hebrides to a winner chosen at random... and straight from the publishers a copy of Peter's newest book Runaway(release date 15th january 2015)


The aim is to make the longest and most far reaching selfie Chessmen Chain possible... so come on all of you who have read one or more of the trilogy get Selfieing

Have a last minute Christmas Gift to buy? Check out Elly Griffith's The Zig Zag girl – Murder, Mystery, Mayhem … and a healthy dose of magic.

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Book Review: The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths – Murder, Mystery, Mayhem … and a healthy dose of magic. Already a fan of Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series I was keen to discover a whole new set of characters and I admit to being completely captivated by the Max Mephisto/Edgar Stephens duo which I hope will develop into a series of mystical magical crime books. Mephisto’s flamboyant, slightly jaded self-scrutinising character contrasts beautifully with Edgar Stephens’ slightly naive, easily influenced romantic character struggling against the ‘snobbery’ of his lower middle class background. The Zig Zag Girl is set in post WW11 Brighton amid a backdrop of variety performances , mysticism, magic.  When a women’s body is discovered cut into three parts, each housed in an individual wooden box and with the final part being addressed (using his army title) and delivered to Detective Edgar Stephens , Stephens is reminded of a magic trick

invented by his friend and ex - army colleague the magicia…

The Crime Warp Advent Calendar: who needs chocolate when you can have a Crime Short Story each Day (13th - 25th Dec)

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The Gift by  Katia Lief
(77p Kindle)
Slushy, nostalgic and representative of the true meaning of christmas: family and love.  
Karin Shaeffer takes herself off for a ride on her new Vespa, when a surprise theft makes her aware of an altogether darker, less benevolent  Christmas.

13 Days to vote...The Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2014

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The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins!

13 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

Book Review: Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen brings a whole new dimension to Christmas festivities

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Dying For Christmas is a totally enthralling read, written in two parts. Throughout Dying For Christmas the tension ratchets up (even now I’m still trying to defrost the icy tingles that settled in my spine).If you’re after a disturbing, creepy, well written story that keeps you guessing and challenges all your preconceptions then this is one for you.

Author interview. A. N. Widdecombe (yes, that A. N. Widdecombe!) talks about her writing career, turning to crime and the merits of self-publishing.

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