Showing posts from March, 2017

Author Q&A with Judith Baker whose debut novel Undercurrent was released on 28th March

The Crime Warp loves to support debut novelists so we're extremely pleased to have Judith Baker with us today.  Her debut novel Undercurrent was released on 28th March. So now we're settled down with the Jammie Dodgers and a mug of coffee we can begin.

Rome: The Emperor's Spy by M.C. Scott, Book Review

How many piles of books do you have on your bedside table? I now have two bedside tables with two piles each. As my friends will confirm I’m not very tidy, but I do have a book system: current crime fiction, novels I never got around to but mean to read one day soon, an assortment of books loaned to me by patient friends and, as yet, unread non-fiction books. The advantage of such an embarrassment of riches is that when I get a craving for a particular genre or period, I can usually lay my hands on something of interest quickly. So when, last week, I got a whopper of a hankering for something set in Ancient Rome I managed to locate M.C. Scott’s Rome: The Emperor’s Spy.
I heard Manda Scott speak at the Harrogate Crime Festival, but never got around to reading any of her works. She struck me as an interesting person who would have a lot to say and I’m only sorry I didn’t read any of her works sooner, perhaps her well-known Boudica series.
‘The Emperor’s Spy’ is set during the reign of t…

Book Review: Anglesey Blue by Dylan H Jones

Newly returned to his home turf of Anglesey after thirty years with the London Metropolitan police,  DI Tudor Manx is faced with unresolved family issues, hostility from colleagues and a series of murders that point to  a serial killer on the island.

Audiobook review: Dennis Lehane's Live by Night - find out whether Joe Couglin is a gangster or an outlaw, or whether there's really a difference.


Death in the Tuscan Hills by Marco Vichi, Book Review

It’s the time of year when folks start thinking about going on holiday. Italy for a change? How about Tuscany? As a lover of Italian crime, the fictitious kind of course, I was drawn to Death in the Tuscan Hills, my first Inspector Bordelli mystery and the fifth one so far. I wasn’t disappointed. When you get to a certain age, that of the author Marco Vichi and not surprisingly also that of the protagonist, you might be forgiven for thinking about getting away from it all. You’ve worked hard, life hasn’t live up to expectations and you want to go somewhere quiet and start over. Inspector Bordelli is tired, disillusioned and jaded. And his heart was broken – or was it his ego? Hard to tell with many Italian police inspectors.
Not all of us can buy an old farmhouse in Tuscany when that happens, but that is what Bordelli does. He moves out into the country and starts a vegetable garden. He even finds a stray dog to share his solitude. You wouldn’t think that’s a promising start for a thri…

Theakston's New Blood panel 2017 revealed

New Blood Showcase: Criminally Good Class of 2017 2017’s debut crime authors were celebrated at a new event designed to showcase and support new writing talent. Hosted by the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and sponsor, HW Fisher, at Carmelite House in London on 16 March, the New Blood Drinks Reception, invited authors from across the crime genre who have a debut coming in 2017.

Lets find out about Owen Mullen, best selling author of the Charlie Cameron PI series

Owen is in the enviable position of having three books released this year, so The Crime Warp is lucky he's managed to squeeze us in to his very busy schedule.  A huge welcome to fellow Scot Owen Mullen... over to you, Owen.

Meet the series character: Faye Kellerman's Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker

Faye Kellerman is the author of the Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker, the husband and wife team with a difference. With over thirty books under her belt, Kellerman has been nominated and won various literary awards since the start of her writing career in the 1980's.

Book review - Spook Street by Mick Herron: Top spy thriller

I first came across Mick Herron last year when I reviewed Real Tigers, Herron’s third book in the Slough House series. Spook Street is number four in the series, a book I’ve been waiting for which means expectations have been high!

Author Q&A on The Crime Warp with debut novelist Michael Grothaus

Michael was one of the debut authors who appeared at Bloody Scotland 2016 and The Crime Warp is honoured to have him here today.  Welcome Michael...

Book Reviews: Two for the price of one with Michael Connolly's latest two Harry Bosch books

There are so many great crime fiction writers out their that occasionally I let one of my favourites drift for a few books to catch up on some others and then I indulge my 'guilty pleasure' by reading a couple form the same author at once... that's what I've done with the fantastic last two Harry Bosch books from King of American crime fiction Michael Connolly.

Q&A with Harrogate author Malcolm Hollingdrake

Malcolm Hollingdrake is a prolific writer with three books in the DCI Bennett books under his belt as well as some earlier works, all of which are available on Amazon. I am pleased to say, also that Malcom is a local man, living in that hotbed of crime, Harrogate.  It's really lovely to have you here on The Crime Warp hot seat Malcolm.  So let's get started...