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Book Review: Mel Sherratt, Written in the Scars

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Welcome to The Estate - where even the darkest times have their lighter moments... Book Description
Scars. Sometimes they’re visible. Sometimes they’re hidden deep within. After years of living as a single parent, all Donna Adams longs for is someone to make her smile, to share hopes and dreams with, to keep her warm at night. But when that certain someone gives her the attention she craves, true love doesn’t always follow the right path. Home from the army, Lewis is a changed man. Angry and consumed by grief, troubled by nightmares and flashbacks, his mind is worse now than ever. Shutting out what he’s seen isn’t easy, but he risks losing everything he’s come back to if he doesn’t, including his sanity. Megan Cooper hides her scars for fear of being rejected. Mary Marshall can’t always remember how she got hers. If the past could be erased to make a better future, we’d all want that, wouldn’t we? But life is never that easy for the residents of The Mitchell Estate…

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Book Review: Lindsey Davis, Deadly Election (2015)

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The third book in the Flavia Albia series takes us into the heart of a local election campaign in ancient Rome. Words like political intrigue, corruption, backstabbing and ruthlessnessspring to mind. In fact are there enough closets in Rome to fit all the skeletons?  In her profession as informerour protagonist Flavia Albia, the adopted British daughter of Falco and his wife Helena, has to find out not only who the dead body is that surfaces in astrongbox in her father’s auction, butalsothe identity ofthe murderer. Complicated Roman family politics overlap withlocal politics(the list of characters in the front of the book isveryuseful).If you have ever been disillusioned withcurrent politics,read this book - it makesour politicianslook like models of rectitude.Aided by the dishy Manlius Faustus, magistrate and campaign manager for his friendVibius, Helena gradually begins to unravel the complex puzzle. 
Written in the first person, with the lightest of touches and a gentle humour, this …

Book Review: Steve Mosby's, I Know Who Did It, an insightful, provocative novel!

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I half expected I Know Who Did It by Steve Mosby, to be the traditional police procedural 'catch the paedophile' sort of book, but it was so much more than that and I am so glad I pestered the publishers for a copy!

TV Series and Book Review - Midwinter of the Spirit

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Is it horror? Is it crime? Is it a supernatural mystery? This genre busting series set in rural Herefordshire involves a crucified body, Satanism and an exorcist, a young girl and her wayward friend. When you mix all this together you get intriguing, dark and creepy for sure, and altogether hugely entertaining. Bafta winner Stephen Volk wrote the screenplay for the three part ITV series Midwinter of the Spirit, which is based on the supernatural crime novel of the same title by Phil Rickman (1999).  Single mother, priest and newly appointed diocesan deliverance expert (aka exorcist) Merrily Watkins is played convincingly by Anna Maxwell-Martin. Her priest is not a lovable cartoon character from some sit com or a Chestertonian Father Brown, full of certainties and confidence in his vocation. Following closely to the characterisation in the books by Phil Rickman, Merrily is a well-drawn protagonist, full of flaws, doubts and uncertainties and as human as you can get. Her encounters with …

Book Review - Historical Crime: Lindsey Davis, Enemies at Home

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I love the way reading crime takes me out of myself. But historical crime even takes me out of my familiar setting, the 21st Century in Yorkshire. Imagine you could time travel and are transported back to ancient Rome. Imagine walking down the streets jostled by elegant Romans, attractive sex slaves fresh from the baths, oiled gladiators and other, more hairy people, from all over the Empire. The next best thing is reading Lindsey Davis. She brings the society of the time, the setting, the food, the mores and above all, the ‘improbitas’ (that’s immorality to you and me) to life.

For anyone who read and loved the Falco Series, Flavia Albia’s charm will not come as a surprise. For those unfamiliar with these crime novels set in ancient Rome, you have a treat awaiting you. Excellently researched with well-rounded characters full of spirit and colour, we are plunged into the heart of patrician Roman life. When a newly married couple are found murdered in their bedroom, the house slaves t…

Author messages about their new book Wild Sky by Young Adult novelists Melanie and Suzanne Brockman

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The Crime Warp is lucky to be able to publish messages from the authors Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann about their new Young Adult book Wild Sky.  (Release Date 6th Oct 2015)
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Book review: The Devil's Daughters by Diana Bretherick (sequel to her award winning City Of Angels) by guest reviewer Gillean Somerville- Arjat

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Release date 27th August 2015

In this sequel to Diana Bretherick’s award-winning debut, City of Devils, Dr James Murray returns to Turin in 1888 to resume working with the influential criminologist, Cesare Lombroso. 



Look Out For These! From contemporary Northern Ireland to 1970s East Germany, a bumper bundle of five novels for October

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Book Review: The Blissfully Dead by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, winners of The Crime Warp Honours Award 2014 return for the second in their DI Patrick Lennon series

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The Blissfully Dead  by winners of last year's Crime Warp Honours Award, Mark Edwards and Louise Voss, is the second in their DI Patrick Lennon series and is deliciously topical, chillingly credible and beautifully crafted. Release Date 29th Sept 2015.


Book review: psychological thriller The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

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The Girl With No Past  
 by Kathryn Croft is a chilling psychological thriller that shows how you can never fully escape from your past no matter how hard you try.
(Release Date 15th October 2015)


Book Review: Liar Liar by MJ Arlidge : hotter than hell and twice as dangerous

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In an intriguing side step MJ Arlidge has delivered as thrilling and unique a story as Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes The Weasel. InLiar Liar we have a serial killer in the streets of Southampton whose pyrotechnics keep them at a safe distance to their victims but offer them the same thrills.  If an arsonist  serial killer isn't enough for you  prepare yourself to be blown away by the twists and turns that make Liar Liar enticingly unpredictable.


Book reviews: A trio of Nordic Noir to chill the warmest hearts!

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Nordic Crime has long held our attention as a hive of authentic, compelling stories from Iceland to Norway and from Sweden to Denmark. I've chosen a trio to recommend  to you.  The first a compelling domestic crime from Karin Fossum, the second a brooding Icelandic police procedural from Arnaldur Indridason and the third a shocking Swedish story based on real life by Anton Svensson.