ElNino

El Nino: an intelligent narcotic caper

Despite its title, El Nino has nothing to do with global weather systems. It’s a stylish slice of Spanish movie-making and, like a lot of Eurocrime, this drug-smuggling drama leans heavily towards art-house cinema and a long way from outright action-adventure. The two-hour subtitled film explores themes and situations which Hollywood moved on from 20…

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Criminal Winnings: book & DVD giveaway

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This week on MMM we’re giving away a stack of books, ebooks and DVDs; a selection of outstanding criminal investigations, murder-mysteries, Nordic noir, sci-fi, supernatural and chilling thrillers, including several exclusive hard-copies signed by the author. IT’S CRIMINALLY SIMPLE TO ENTER: >>‘Like’ the Murder Mayhem and More Facebook page >>Find the…

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Criminal Winnings: book & DVD giveaway

This week on MMM we’re giving away a stack of books, ebooks and DVDs; a selection of outstanding criminal investigations, murder-mysteries, Nordic noir, sci-fi, supernatural and chilling thrillers, including several exclusive hard-copies signed by the author. IT’S CRIMINALLY SIMPLE TO ENTER: >>‘Like’ the Murder Mayhem and More Facebook page >>Find the book, film, ebook or TV show…

Manners

Manners Cost Everything: why it pays to be polite

Mr Manners has a lot in common with D-Fens, the character so memorably brought to life by Michael Douglas in the movie ‘Falling Down’. Both stories focus on the moment when an overloaded psyche finally submits to the strain of the modern urban environment and all its severe social stresses. Some people would crawl into…

Gentle assassin

The Gentle Assassin: a thriller for thinkers…

Author RD Jahn is an expert at creating fully-fledged, complicated characters. He places them in ambiguous moral circumstances, fraught with fatal possibilities, and he does all this without wasting a word. In The Gentle Assassin, we meet Harry living a quiet life in 1990 or so. A mild-mannered bookseller who spends much of his time…

AugustHeat

August Heat: mature Montalbano

This Montalbano investigation is a treasure of modern crime literature. It’s delightful to read; a frothy confection of familiar, entertaining themes wrapped around a darker, poignant and potent core. The only reason August Heat doesn’t score a full 10/10 is because it isn’t very accessible to new readers to the series. It’s the tenth book…

BadBlood

Bad Blood: intelligent and entertaining

This is the fourth Virgil Flowers novel, but each book is self-contained and you don’t need to have read any of the previous ones to enjoy Bad Blood to the full. The series started as a spin-off from John Sandford’s long-running and extremely successful ‘Prey’ series, letting one of the minor characters develop and take…