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Book Review: Knife Edge by Fergus McNeill

This is the follow on novel to Eye Contact and continues the story of serial killer Robert Naysmith, his girlfriend Kim and his Nemesis DI Graham Harland.

In Knife Edge Naysmith has an epiphany of sorts and decides he wants to share his serial killing past with his girlfriend Kim. He begins to introduce this concept to her slowly bit by bit. Unfortunately, his arrogant craving for recognition of his crimes makes Kim increasingly scared and unsure what to do as she becomes privy to more and more information.

Tip Off Fancy a chance to face leading crime fiction agent Jane Gregory in the Dragons Pen, or pickup a few tips at the Creative Thursday Workshops (Only a few spaces left)

A few spaces are still available for the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s hotly anticipated creative writing workshop, Creative Thursday.
‘Dragons’ Pen’ is the culmination of the day-long creative writing workshop
The workshop offers the opportunity to pitch concepts to two powerhouse literary agents, Jane Gregory of Gregory and Company and Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group, and two highly esteemed publishing professionals, crime editor at Faber & Faber, Katherine Armstrong, and Publisher for Transworld Publishers, Bill Scott-Kerr.

Book Review: The Garden Of Burning Sand by Corban Addison

The Garden Of Burning Sand by Corban Addison is my favourite novel of the year so far… and I so very nearly didn’t read it.Initially I thought it was going to be too heavy for my tastes, but I am so pleased I dipped into this book because it reinforced my conviction that to do nothing  is failure, whereas to do something, no matter how little, is success. (read more)

Tip Offs : My Hot Tips for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Harrogate (17-20th July 2014)

Five Hot Tips For Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival In Harrogate This year the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival offers panels and discussions ranging from discussions on Smartphones safety, Authors changing to the crime writing genre, self publishing, and  Special events featuring authors such as Denise Mina and Lynda La Plante.  The following are my 10 must go to panels for this year and are in no particular order. see more...

If you liked #1 in the Techno Trio series (Zodiac Station by Tom Harper), follow these links for free "extra's" about Zodiac Station

I've just noticed a few intersting "extra's" that link to Tom Harper's novel Zodiac Station. Here is a link to Polar Vortex, a free ebook introducing Zodiac Station:

..and here is a novel idea (no pun intended) - it's a blog from Zodiac Station, telling you about the station, what they do as well as biographies of the characters you meet in the book:

I hope you enjoy these little "add on's"


Look Out for These – Techno Trio: #1 - Zodiac Station by Tom Harper – murder, science and suspicion in the cold of the Arctic


Retro Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – one year on, is it possible to be objective about Robert Galbraith’s first crime novel?


Book Review: Death Can’t Take a Joke by Anya Lipska – Number two in the Kershaw and Kiszka series, showing that it wasn’t only plumbers that came over from Poland

Lipska’s first book Where the Devil Can’t Go had been in a virtual pile of unread books on my Kindle for a while and when I saw the second in the series, I decided to skip book one and go straight for book two.  The two central characters in Death Can’t take a Joke are the same as in book one – Natalie Kershaw, the ambitious detective and Janusz Kiszka, a kind of honest fixer for the local Polish Community, who might be best described as a big hearted bear of a Pole.

The plot starts with a series of seemingly unconnected events – a body falling from the top of a building in Canary Wharf, another body fished out of the river Thames and Kiszka’s best friend stabbed to death outside his own house in a completely motiveless attack that leaves the police baffled.  Kershaw and Kiszka each start their own investigations and their paths cross with action in both the UK and Poland.  Kiszka finds the killer clue that will solve the case, diligently following it up at considerable risk to himself…

International Crime Quiz : ANSWERS

1./ Lord Peter Wimsey      GB Flag
2./Jules Maigret       French Flag
3./ Philip Marlowe  USA Flag
4./Hercule Poirot        Belgian Flag
5/  Salvo Montalbano         Italian Flag
6./ Miss Marple          GB Flag