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Book Review: Detective Lessons by Bill Larkin , a 25 year old incident, jealousy and long- held grudges abound in this Detective novel

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Set in the John Wayne territory of Orange County Detective Schmidt (Schmitty)  fed up being sidelined in his harbour patrol job teams up with a sexy PI as a favour to Property Developer Mac Whelan to find his missing son Jimmy.  

Guest Blog by novelist and real life DC Lisa Cutts: Ten crime fiction misrepresentations about real-life policing

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Lisa Cutts is the daughter of a former Metropolitan Police officer and obtained her first degree in Law, working in a number of jobs in London and around the South East area, before becoming a police officer herself in 1996. She later achieved a second degree in Applied Criminal Investigation. She balances working full- time for Kent Police with writing crime fiction.

Book Review The Venus Trap by Louise Voss one half of The Crime Warps New Years Honours Award Winners 2014 for From The Cradle by Voss & Edwards

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The Venus Trap is a tense psychological thriller about a  woman held captive in her own home by a psychopathic acquaintance from her past.  Initially I wondered, having enjoyed Tammy Cohen’s Christmas is for Dying, which has a similar theme, not so long ago, if The Venus Trap could sustain such a tense and close relationship between captor and captive for an entire book – Within pages my worries were put to bed.  From the start Voss delivers an intenseand well written story that had my emotions and sympathies all over the place – The Venus Trap is Highly Recommended by me

Book Review Natchez Burning by Greg Iles the 1960's, the American deep south, racial tension and the quest for justice

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Set between the racially segregated Mississppi of the1960's and the current time Natchez Burning is a powerful novel- in fact, in my opinion it is one of the best crime fiction explorations of the racial hatred of that part of America's history. 


Book Review: Summer Of Ghosts by PD Viner a haunting, thrilling, spiritual and uplifting read

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The Summer of Ghosts is the second in the Tom Bevans series, the first being The Last Winter of Dani Lancing.  Don’t worry if you’ve not read the first, I hadn’t, and it didn’t get in the way of the story. 

Book Review: Face Off (edited by David Baldacci) a unique collection of collaborative short stories from your favourite crime writers. Which of your favourite Crime Fition Detectives would you like to see in a 'Face Off'

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This collection of collaborative short stories is crime fiction at its’ most revolutionary - Our favourite crime detectives Face Off against each other in a unique collection of 11 short stories written by 23 of the world’s best known crime fiction writer’s. This collection stands out, not only because of the excellent  and inventive stories but because of the skilful editing by David Baldacci.  

Book Review: Massacre pond by Paul Doiron, as if crimes against animals aren't bad enough Doiron adds in murder in No 4 of his Mike Bowditch series set in Maine.

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It's unseasonably hot in Maine in October and the heat is getting to everyone.  When game warden Mike Bowditch is called out to investigate the macabre, senseless slaughter of ten moose on the estate of the wealthy Elizabeth morse who despite being an animal rights activist has managed to put the backs  of many of her human animal neighbours right up. 

Competition: Identify this tattooed UK crime Fiction Writer for a chance to win a 'bundle of crime books'

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Competition

The Crime Warp presents the great Tattoo competition!!!

Which UK Crime Fiction writer sports these brilliant sleeves?


Blogger's Blag: You either Love them or Hate them but what is it about Tattoos that fascinates the world of Crime fiction? (and a tricky little competition - Guess which crime writer sports this tattoo)

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In the criminal world (both fact and fiction I guess)  tattoos can play a significant role whether it’s prison tattoos linking the wearer to a particular gang or allegiance or the tattoo found on a dead body and used to identify the victim.

Follow the Leader, another fab read from Mel Sherratt

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What can I say about Mel Sherratt, her novels go from strength to strength, and in my opinion this is definitely the best one yet. Follow the Leader is the second outing for the fabulous DS Allie Shenton, (the first being the gripping, Taunting the Dead), and it is an awesome book. One of the best I've read in a while, and even though it does sometimes refer back to Taunting the Dead, it can still be read as a standalone novel. Mickey Taylor’s body has been found by a canal towpath. Allie recognises him. In his pocket is a green plastic letter E, the game has begun. It becomes apparent that there is a link, not just to one of her colleagues, Perry Wright, but also to her beloved sister Karen. Tension mounts as the body count rises. Although the reader knows who the killer is from the start, it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment of the story at all. It is a gripping read, and there are plenty of twists. As with all of Mel's books, the characters are well drawn out and very realistic. Alli…

Book Review: Second Life by SJ Watson, author of the best selling Before I go to sleep, now a motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth

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SJ Watson was always going to have a hard job on his hands to equal his debut novel  Before I Go To Sleep,but in Second Lifehe manages to, once again, delve into the female psyche to deliver a believable psychological thriller told in the first person.



Book review. A rich husband, an unfaithful wife and a helpful stranger. Perfect ingredients for Peter Swanson's new novel The Kind Worth Killing

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I’m new to Peter Swanson and so pleased I tried this book as the story is simply fabulous.Ted Severson is intelligent, wealth and unhappy, drowning his sorrows in an airport bar.He’s approached by Lily Kintner, beautiful, enigmatic and empathetic enough to get Severson to open up about his troubles.Ted’s wife Miranda is beautiful and sophisticated but unfaithful with Brad, the builder who is creating Miranda’s dream home, funded of course by Ted’s bulging bank balance.  Ted is angry at this betrayal but doesn’t know what to do, although after a few more cocktails the answer is clear.He wants to kill Miranda.Lily turns out not just to be a good listener, but practical too, offering to help Ted kill his wife Miranda. 

The novel also tells the backstory of the main characters, bringing to life Ted, Miranda and Lily herself.As the story developed I was quite disturbed by Lily, particularly her first cold and calculated murder, but as I found out more I started to sympathise with her and …

The Mistry Crime Tour through the Big Screen and into your Living Room hoping for spring.

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If you haven't been watching Crisis on  a Friday at 9 pm on Watch you really should start!  This is a triumph of FBI excitement, heart wringing decisions, personal secrets and it's damn well written and acted to boot.  Crisis features a criminal mastermind who knows that using the children of the counties most influential people will get him what he wants... and boy do they keep us guessing as to what he really wants- brilliantly acted by Dermot Mulroney and with Gillian Anderson back in the saddle after the end of The Fal... Read on to see the trailer

Book Review by Indiana Brown: The Spring of Kaspar Meier by Ben Fergusson (Abacus, 2014.) If you are brave enough for real darkness, a mystery that will actually give you nightmares, then this is the book for you.

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The Spring of Kaspar Meier by Ben Fergusson (Abacus, 2014.) If you are brave enough for real darkness, a mystery that will actually give you nightmares, then this is the book for you.
Ben Fergusson instantly transports the reader into a bombed out dismal post-war Berlin world where an assortment of shell shocked characters eek out a pathetic existence amid the rubble of its terrible history. 

Book Review: In Poisoned Ground by Barbara Nadel multi cultural PI team Lee Arnold and Mumtaz Hakim investigate two very different cases and believe me she pulls no punches!

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Poisoned Ground is the third in the Hakim/Arnold PI series by Barbara Nadel.  I haven’t read any others in the series but this reads easily as a stand alone, with Nadel unobtrusively filling in any necessary back story.

Book review: the Killing Season By Mason Cross – a fantastic name for a crime writer and… an equally fantastic name for his enigmatic main character Carter Blake – intelligent, tough, sexy and with a sense of humour.

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The Killing Season is Mason Cross’s debut novel and I loved it…who wouldn’t? It’s got the flamboyance of the FBI, the mystery of hero Carter Blake and a sniper, serial killer escapee whose hunting ground has no restrictions.But, what gave me an extra buzz was that I discovered Mason is not only Scottish but he went to my old Alma mater – The wonderful University of Stirling, home of Bloody Scotland, William Wallace and a plethora of successful graduates!

Author Interview: Peter May, novelist, screenwriter, fiction multi- award winner, protege of The Richard & Judy Book Club 2011, Bob Dylan fan, appreciator of fine French wine, Scottish Whisky, Black pudding, Harris Tweed, Michelin - rated food...and an all round nice guy! Plus the winner of The Chessmen Chain Selfie Competition is announced

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Two Christmases  ago I was loitering in Waterstones (Bradford)  with intent to buy a crime book (or three).  Anyway, hearing a Scottish accent I turned round to see this lovely young assistant talking to a fellow browser.  Spotting me furtively leafing through the crime books he approached and we got chatting about crime fiction.  He then directed me to The Blackhouse by Peter May saying it was the best book he’d read for ages.  Never one to ignore a recommendation from a fellow crime reader I went the whole hog and bought the first two books in the Lewis Trilogy... and I have to say a very fine investment it was!