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Kerena Swan author of Dying To See You reveals all.

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My book Dying to See You was  released on 25th April 2018. It’s a psychological thriller based in Bedfordshire about a single mum, Sophie, who meets the wrong man. She doesn’t know Max has been watching her for some time.
My inspiration for the book came from pondering how well we ever know anyone. I run a care agency for children and when we recruit carers we undertake formal interviews as well as Disclosure and Barring Service police checks, two references and a medical. When I first met my husband-to-be twenty years ago it was several months before I met anyone who knew him and could verify who he was. I allowed him into my home and introduced him to my two children. Thankfully my instincts were correct and he is a warm and loving man. Sophie in my story isn’t so lucky.

Garden of Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz, Book Review

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Blog Tour: Lesley Kelly's atmospheric Songs by Dead Girls

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome Lesley Kelly back to The Crime Warp.  This time we host her     blog tour and we've been lucky enough to grab an exclusive article written by Lesley herself.  I'm sure you'll find it as fascinating as I did. 


Press Release: New Blood Showcase: Criminally Good Class of 2018

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Val McDermid has unveiled her four ‘New Blood’ debut crime novelists for 2018. Val McDermid co-founded the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with literary agent Jane Gregory and arts charity, Harrogate International Festivals in 2003. Since 2004, she has hosted her annual New Blood panel at the festival, which has become one of the most anticipated events on the publishing calendar. Just four debut novels are picked out of 50 submissions the ‘Queen of Crime’ receives each year. Over the years, McDermid has introduced some formidable new talents to the Harrogate audience, and through them to a wider readership. Val McDermid said: “Choosing the four debut novels for the New Blood panel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and presenting them to the 700-strong audience is the best job in crime fiction. I get to immerse myself in new voices and fresh ideas. My quartet this year have each produced a provocative and entertaining excursion into their very distinc…

A Round up of Young Adult crime fiction: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart and Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkampe

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I love my Young Adult crime fiction, especially as for my Ph.D in Creative Writing, I'm looking into the 'teen voice' in adult crime fiction.  I think adult crime fiction has a lot to learn from YA fiction.  Here's my review of a couple of YA crime fiction books I've read recently.  The first is Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, a serial killer novel. The second is Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkampe, best selling author of This Is Where it Ends.  Thisis a tense psychological thriller.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, Book Review

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Press release: 2018 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR LONGLIST REVEALED

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Big hitters including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, feature on the longlist for the most prestigious crime writing prize in the country. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. 2018 marks the 14th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. The winner is announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, hosted in Harrogate each July. The festival was established in 2003 by Val McDermid, agent Jane Gregory, and arts charity Harrogate International Festivals. The award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday. The longlist of 18 titles were selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers and members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee. Four previous winners of the award - Val McDermid (2006), Lee Ch…