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The Big Announcement: The Crime Warp New Years Honours Award for best UK Crime novel 2015 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 2015 in ...

The Crime Warp New 

Years Honours Award.
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 2015 goes  to...

Book review: The Darkest Day by Tom Wood

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This is the fifth in the Victor the Assassin series.  When CIA employed assassin Victor (otherwise known as Teseract) is compromised on a routine hit, he is determined to discover who blew his cover and to take down the female assassin (code name Raven) who nearly killed him.

Book Review Dark Corners by Ruth Rendall, a psychological thriller

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As you'd expect from Ruth Rendall, Dark Corners is a wonderful observation of human nature at its best and at its worst.  Rendall is the master of taking normal every day situations and showing how a single disastrous twist can make a situation become ominous.  

Book Reviews: A trio of Angela Marsons books to thrill you over the festive season

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I only recently got introduced to Angela Marson's DI Kim Stone books and I'm so glad I did.  Kim is an unlikely heroine: anti- social, lacking in social graces and dogged to the point of obstinacy- just up my street.  If you've not come across this trio of books before then you're in for a treat.  Set in The Black Country near Lye, Stourbridge and Rowley Regis, Marsons gives more than a passing nod to the areas history in her writing.

The Crime Warp New Years Award 2015 Last chance to Vote!

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You decide which lucky UK crime novel will be awarded The Crime Warp novel of 2015!  All you need to do is: VOTE NOW!..
1/ Email : thecrimewarpblog@yahoo.co.uk

2/Type the title of your nomination Under Subject  and we'll enter you for our prize giveaway.
Voting Closes at Midnight on 25th December:

Award Winning Author  and Giveaway winners will be announced on 31st December!
Read on to see who this years nominees are...

Christmas crackers - two Scandi masterpieces; Scandi crime just doesn't get better than this!

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Book Reviews; A round up of 2015 books well worth a read!

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2015 has been a fantastic year for Crime Fiction and as usual there have been far too many really good books for me to get round to reviewing them all.  So, here are a few that slipped through the net during the year but that I've now managed to catch up with.  Enjoy!

The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins! Only 6 days left to vote...

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You decide which lucky UK crime novel will be awarded The Crime Warp novel of 2015!  All you need to do is: VOTE NOW!..
1/ Email : thecrimewarpblog@yahoo.co.uk

2/Type the title of your nomination Under Subject  and we'll enter you for our prize giveaway.
Voting Closes at Midnight on 25th December:

Award Winning Author  and Giveaway winners will be announced on 31st December!
Read on to see who this years nominees are...

Christmas greetings from some of our favourite UK based Crime writer's copyright Belinda Bauer

Saw this amazingly funny and cute jib jab Christmas card on Facebook designed by Belinda Bauer (well done Belinda). This will really cheer you up and mark the start of the festive season.  Here's the link - enjoy- 
http://www.jibjab.com/view/HBypjDGBTK-ei7vSeM4D9g?utm_campaign=Sharer+PopUp&utm_content=rockin_around_the_christmas_tree_4&utm_medium=Share&utm_source=Facebook

Book Review: The Last Victim by Jordan Dane, an FBI profiler Ryker Townsend story

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The Last Victim takes us from  Alaskan mountains on a remote island to the Cascade mountains in Seattle in this chillingly delicious serial killer story.  Ryker Townsend , an FBI analyst, has his own demons to fight as well as a serial killer who appears to have formed a very personal link with him.

Book review: Still Waters by Viveca Sten, a tale of enduring friendship with some murder thrown in for good measure

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What is lovely about this story, is the contrast between the idyllic holiday setting with families vacationing in the sun and sea, and the horror of death being brought to this small community.



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

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Now for the second part of our Christmas count down with A Criminally Short Read - A - Day Christmas Treat.  From  the criminally comic to the nostalgically nefarious, from  the raunchy romance  to the decidedly dark, 
these reads are beautifully thrilling.

Book review: The House On Cold Hill by Peter James, a mysterious and chilling ghost story by the author of the Roy Grace novels

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I'm warning you now, if you're feint hearted don't even open this. 
I don't read a lot of supernatural fiction but was tempted to this because I love Peter James' Roy Grace books.  The House on Cold Hill had me deliciously petrified, yet I couldn't put it down.  James brought his crime writing skills to bear on this with a healthy dose of mystery threaded amongst the ghostly happenings - a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The Crime Warp New Years Award Countdown begins! Only 15 days left to vote!

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You decide which lucky UK crime novel will be awarded The Crime Warp novel of 2015!  All you need to do is: VOTE NOW!..
1/ Email : thecrimewarpblog@yahoo.co.uk

2/Type the title of your nomination Under Subject  and we'll enter you for our prize giveaway.
Voting Closes at Midnight on 25th December:

Award Winning Author  and Giveaway winners will be announced on 31st December!
Read on to see who this years nominees are...

Book Review: The Seeker by S.G. Maclean

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This beautifully written historical crime novel is set London in 1654, a time when speaking your mind could result in a trip to the Tower and having the wrong friends could lead to your execution. And if you thought you could escape the attentions of Cromwell’s government, or play a double game, you’d be reckoning without the Seeker. Cromwell’s enigmatic and feared special agent would hunt you down mercilessly.

When John Winter, one of Cromwell’s supporters, is found murdered not far from the living quarters of the Protector himself, it falls to Damian Seeker to unravel a fiendishly complicated plot to strike at the heart of the government. Will he discover who killed John Winter and prevent the assassination of Oliver Cromwell?
The fact that John Winter had been married to the daughter of a prominent Cavalier and held secrets of his own, muddies the waters. A young lawyer and author of dangerously critical political pamphlets, Elias Ellingworth, inadvertently caught up in a royalist p…

The Crime Warp Pays tribute to William McIlvanney: father of Scottish tartan genre and lovely man who died yesterday.

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Only last week I referenced, in my Creative Writing MA class,  William McIlvanney's thrilling second person narrative  in Laidlaw.

Book Review: Two books from Jeff Lindsay, the writer of Dexter, Tropical Depression and Red Tide

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Forget Dexter, we've got Billy Knight.  Jeff Lindsay introduces his new character Billy Knight in a fantastic opening story for a new series.  Billy is an ex LA cop, who after suffering the death of his wife and child has escaped to Key West where he happily works as a fishing guide.


21 Days to vote... The Crime Warp New Years Honours list for best UK Crime novel 2015

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You decide which lucky UK crime novel will be awarded The Crime Warp novel of 2015!  All you need to do is: VOTE NOW!..
1/ Email : thecrimewarpblog@yahoo.co.uk

2/Type the title of your nomination Under Subject  and we'll enter you for our prize giveaway.
Voting Closes at Midnight on 25th December:

Award Winning Author  and Giveaway winners will be announced on 31st December!
Read on to see who this years nominees are...

The Crime Warp Advent Calendar: who needs chocolate when you can have a Crime Short Story each Day ( 1st - 12th Dec)

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A Criminally Short Read - A - Day (and a few full length reads), Christmas Treat From  the criminally comic to the  nostalgically nefarious, from  the raunchy romance  to the decidedly dark, 
these reads are beautifully thrilling.

Book Review: I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork , a cracking debut novel! release date 15th December 2015

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I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork is a fantastic debut novel by a rising star of Nordic Noir!  This is worthy of a veteran writer.  The plot is complex and satisfyingly thrilling, the characters intriguing, likeable and quirky and the settings are beautifully Nordic.... Samuel Bjork is definitely one to look out for
 in the future.

Book Review. The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan. The guns are silent, but for Paula and many around her, there's still no peace in Northern Ireland

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