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Crime festival news: Winslow to Wow at World’s Biggest Celebration of Crime Writing

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Crime author Don Winslow has been announced as the first headliner in Harrogate. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has announced the New York King of Crime, Don Winslow, will be a Special Guest. In the first announcement from the festival’s 2018 Programming Chair – the fellow blockbusting author Lee Child - Winslow will join the line-up of up to 90 authors at the festival, which takes place 19-22 July in Harrogate. Winslow has sold over 100 million books worldwide. His latest, The Force, about a corrupt New York cop, has earned him the best reviews of his career. Don Winslow said: “I’m really thrilled to be coming to the UK. I’ve heard great things about the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival from my dear friend Lee Child who was kind enough to invite me to come this year. It's always great to hang out with Lee and I look forward to meeting the authors, readers and booksellers who will be attending the festival.”

Book Reviews: ICYMI a roundup of books from 2017 before we head into the New Year

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What a year 2017 has been for fantastic crime fiction.  I've read so many fab CF books and i haven't managed to get round to reviewing them all. So, here's a sixtet of books I loved in 2017 and just didn't get round to reviewing. - there are more to come in early January as I 'm running well behind on  my reviews. 



Sirens by Joseph Knox

Don't you just love a flawed protagonist and don't you just love them more when the odds are stacked firmly against them?  With Aiden Watts your heart is in your mouth throughout.  This is a fast paced, brilliantly formatted book with convincing scene setting and a fab hero - you'll love it.




Don't Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
Everything Sherratt touches seems to turn to gold and Don't Look Behind You, is no exception.  Tense, brutal, fast paced and compelling it's absorbing from beginning to end.  Eden Berrisford is in the thick of it.  Her compassion to the women victims is laudable, her commitment to her job…

The Assassin of Verona by Benet Brandreth, Book Review

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Book Review: Last minute Stocking fillers? Contemporary fiction : Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn or Classic Historic: Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

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Tis the season to be jolly' - well if you follow The Crime Warp you'll realise that, here on the blog, we also see Christmas as a time for reading criminally great crime fiction, so it is fitting that the last two books to be reviewed before 'Christmas' descends, are indeed all about that other Christmas tradition - Christmas Crimes, because we all know Christmas can be Murder!


Strange Sight by Syd Moore, Book Review

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Book review: JD Robb's fantastic futuristic romantic thriller Secrets In Death

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There's nothing quite like curling up with a Dallas/Roarke thriller on a cold, snowy December evening. Robb's skill as an author make her books flow with delightful elegance as she takes us to a futuristic New York where despite the after effects of a huge war, motives to kill remain very human: greed, jealousy, fear and revenge. 



Secrets In Death begins with Eve Dallas witnessing the death by stabbing of a notorious gossip queen/radio/TV star, Larinda Mars. It soon becomes clear that not satisfied with her day job, Larinda has taken to doing a bit of blackmailing on the side.  Now Eve must sift through the woman's life to find out who her victims were and which of them took their revenge. 

With the familiar cast of characters, Robb's In Death series never fails to amuse.  Her witty characterization and solid plots make this series light reading with a heartfelt emphasis on empathy and love. I whizzed through the book in a couple of days. Definitely recommended.

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Need some inspiration for holiday gift shopping?

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The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday
‘Have yourself a deadly little Christmas’ … an advent calendar is delivered to a police station. Each window contains the photo of a crime scene. Why would someone want to draw attention to murders? Dealing with the fall-out of a serial killer are a seasoned officer DS Eddie Carmine aka Scrooge – ‘…anything that can distract me from the hell that’s Christmas is a good thing’ and the new girl on the block, Becky, who loves Christmas. The dynamic between these two suggests this might be the first book of a new series of sparkling police procedural books. Published November 2017 by Mulholland Books / Hodder

The Absence of Guilt by Mark Giminez
If you like thrillers, then you might enjoy this American take on an impending ISIS attack on the Super Bowl. District Judge A. Scott Fenney, one of the last truly moral men among the jackals of the legal profession, has to tread the difficult line between imprisoning a suspect who might be involved in an atte…