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*** PLEASE NOTE: Moving at the end of August 2011 to ***

Updated: 2011-08-31T12:56:52+01:00




Thanks for visiting during the last six years. The move is now complete and there will be no further posts here. But there will be here. I hope to see you there. crimeficreader x

Into the Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes


Review can be found here.

The Poison Tree - Erin Kelly


Read the review here.

Snapshot - Craig Robertson


The review can be found here.

The Dispatcher - Ryan David Jahn


The review can be found here.

An Agent of Deceit - Chris Morgan Jones


The review can be found here.

Cuckoo - Julia Crouch


The review can be found here.

Cold Kiss – John Rector


Full post can be found on the new blog here.

Frozen Out - Quentin Bates


Can be found on the new blog.

The Terror of Living – Urban Waite


You can see that post here. And others too. Click on this link to see the new home for It's a Crime! Thank you.

The Guilty Plea – Robert Rotenberg


Posted on new blog. Click here to see and comment. This blog will close at the end of August. Thank you for dealing with the inconvenience.

A few new posts up on the new site...


Go take a look.

John Lawton News and Interview


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The Henley Literary Festival 2011


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Recommending Book Blogs #1


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Pariah – David Jackson


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Prepare for an Address Move


After six years, this blog will be moving and finally closed by the end of August 2011. The new site can be found here and all posts from here have been transferred there. From now until the end of August posts will run in parallel with comments closed on new posts here. A link will be made to the post on the new Wordpress blog for the purposes of comments and for ease of finding it. Please update your bookmarks, feeds and links etc. And - if you choose to come with me - thank you for doing so and...

Zen from Left Bank Pictures Impresses in North America


A post from February recording the BBC's decision not to recommission this series attracted quite a few comments. A couple more in the last few days draw my attention to it again. Zen has been aired in north America by PBS over the summer (with the final episode due on 31 July) and viewers there have found this site and left comments. Yesterday, Maclean's magazine in Canada reported on it in an article headed 'Intelligent viewers have spoken' - the title says it all. Thanks all for the comments. Further comments can be left by clicking here. Meanwhile, PBS has...

New Blood Panel, Harrogate 2011 #theakstonscrime


Authors: S J Watson (Transworld); M J (Melanie) McGrath (Pan Macmillan); Gordon Ferris (Corvus); Julia Crouch (Headline). In the chair: Val McDermid. The inspiration for these debut novels: S J Watson’s (SJW) inspiration came from a man whose obituary he penned. The man had such bad epilepsy he had an operation to remove part of his brain which then impacted his memory to the degree that each day meant the start of production of new memories with no long term retention. M J McGrath (MJM) spent time in the high arctic in order to research her non-fiction work. Here she...

The Man Booker Longlist 2011


Here it is: Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House) Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber) Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books) Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta) Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail - Profile) Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld) Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan) Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury) Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books) A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic) Alison Pick Far to Go (Headline Review) Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press) D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus -...

Reading Festival of Crime Writing: Ticket Offer


The Reading Festival of Crime Writing has moved from September to November this year and runs from Thursday 10 November to Sunday 13 November. Currently running (and closing on 31 August) is an early bird offer where all 10 Victoria Hall event tickets can be bought for £30. [Some posts on the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival coming up over the next couple of days. This little one is to satisfy those in need of a fix post-Harrogate.]

White Heat – M J McGrath


Blessed be those who release us from the grip of the Scandinavian crime novel and invite us to take some time out on the tundra. M J McGrath – Melanie McGrath in her previous non-fiction outings – has a wonderful knowledge of life in the outer reaches of Arctic Canada, its history and politics, and its culture in the contemporary world. She shares all this in White Heat, managing to take in Greenland along the way. Her protagonist, Edie Kiglatuk, is a force to be reckoned with and a beautifully refreshing character in today’s world for this is a woman...

CWA Dagger Announcements at Harrogate


Friday night, at Harrogate, the following announcements were made at a reception held by the UK’s Crime Writers’ Assocation. WINNERS: CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr (Simon & Schuster) - WINNER In the Place of Justice by Wilbert Rideau (Profile) - honorable mention CWA International Dagger Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström, translated by Kari Dickson (Quercus) - WINNER CWA Dagger in the Library Mo Hayder (Bantam Press, Transworld) - WINNER CWA Short Story Dagger East of Suez, West of Charing Cross Road by John Lawton from Agents of Treachery -...

#hackgate, spooks and Stella Rimington


The innocent might have thought phone hacking was the preserve of our official army of spooks but this week’s news developments prove otherwise and the lay out the consequences as they mushroom by the day. Profumo, Watergate, Enron: is the UK facing a weave of these in the biggest scandal and threat to the fabric of our establishment right now? Fed up of reading about it? Then it might be time to try some fiction. Former MI5 Director General Stella Rimington and now thriller author with her Liz Carlyle series has moved to a new publisher – Bloomsbury – has...

Theakstons Crime Writing Festival – Harrogate (With apologies to W H Auden.)


Starts today! Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Leave your dogs barking with many a juicy bone, Tinkle the piano and bang the drum Bring out the readers, let the authors come. Let helicopters circle whirring overhead Scribbling on the sky the message ‘this one’s dead’, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the scene of crime policemen wear forensic gloves. All, from the North, the South, the East and West, Abandon working week and Sunday rest, From noon, through midnight, they talk, they sing; Hoping it can last forever, on a prayer...

Jake Needham’s Asian thrillers hit the UK


If you are travelling in the UK at the moment, you might want to pop into your station’s/airport’s WHSmith travel outlet to see what they have on offer in their books section. There you should find two novels from author Jake Needham in a promotion: The Ambassador’s Wife and The Big Mango. To date, you may not have heard of Jake Needham and here’s why. Born in America where he qualified as a lawyer, Needham has practised law and lived in Asia for more than thirty years. That’s where his novels are set and that’s where his publisher, Marshall Cavendish...

Tom Pellereau, the 2011 Apprentice Winner


Congratulations to Tom Pellereau (@Tom_Pellereau) this year's Apprentice winner! I loved him from the start. Here are some pictures of the jubilant Tom. All earlier Apprentice 2011 posts can be found here.

The Apprentice 2011 – fast food to determine the final four…


Yes, to determine the final four it was a week of fast food. And as the final is on the TV tonight, this week’s post of the speedy and truncated variety too. Teams this week were: Natasha and Susan led by Jim; Tom led by Helen. Task: create a fast food outlet. Something original, added the voiceover. I loved it that man in charge of a Soho Mexican food outlet was a South African. And the food. Oh dear. It just doesn’t look appealing does it? What’s the black stuff? Susan: ‘… and even though we had some problems before...

Curiouser and curiouser...


Now and again a long memory serves me well. The Daily Mail is quoting David Beckham on their new baby girl's name thus 'One reason is Harper's an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria's favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird and the author was Harper Lee. It's a very strong, passionate book. That's where Harper came from.' And yet, back in 2005 the Guardian disclosed this comment from Victoria '"I haven't read a book in my life," Beckham confesses. "I don't have the time." However, the 31-year-old former Spice Girl does...

Good words but too late…


Way too late. And after all those smiling faces in pictures. It makes it look like squeezing out an awkwardly placed belligerent blackhead is easier. Could News Corp be this millennium’s Ratner? Is anyone capable of believing that blind eyes missed all this? And again, British MPs do not look clean at all. It is time the UK revisited the concept of shame to be able to re-establish some decent ethics.