Spook Street: a masterpiece of misfits

Imagine a spy who’s the absolute opposite of the understated, discreet George Smiley and you might come up with some as obnoxious as Jackson Lamb, the lynchpin of Mick Herron’s Slough House series. Lamb is a compelling creation: a character I actively dislike but whose presence on the page lifts every scene he sweats, belches…

Living Dangerously: a night of crime

The smallest city in England, Wells in Somerset, experienced an unusual evening of intrigue last week, when MMM’s own crime-thriller author Frank Westworth came to town. Frank was the special guest at Wells Library, where fans of crime fiction were given a sneak-preview of his brand new thriller, ‘The Redemption Of Charm’. Described as ‘a skilled veteran…

More Faces: short, sharp stabs

Murderers, thieves, political killers and private investigators – these are the people who populate Simon Maltman’s new collection of 12 short stories. I say ‘new’, but if you’ve read his novel, ‘A Chaser On The Rocks’ then you’ll recognise Billy Chapman, a private investigator who plies his trade in the 1940s while Belfast suffered its…

Prussian Blue: murder at the Berghof

It’s 1939 at the Berghof. A Nazi apparatchik just got shot – on the terrace where Hitler takes his tea! When I picked up the 12th book in the Bernie Gunther series I was fully prepared to report that the modern thrillers aren’t a patch on the original Berlin Noir trilogy. Duh. Wrong again. Overall, Prussian…

New books: signed copies!

Frank Westworth’s new crime-thriller – ‘a dark, grievous tale of hanging out with a nihilistic killer and enjoying the ride’ – comes out in ebook and paperback on 28 March. Signed copies, personally dedicated by the author, are available now for worldwide delivery. In ‘The Redemption Of Charm’, anti-hero JJ Stoner prowls the threatening territory…

March Violets: a philosophical investigation

The very first of Philip Kerr’s WW2 Bernie Gunther investigations arrives as a republished stand-alone ebook (previously it was packaged up with The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem to form the ‘Berlin Noir’ trilogy) with perfect timing, just as the 12th book in the series is launched. It’s a clever move. March Violets is…

The Hunt For A King: Scotland the Brave

  Scotland is poised on the brink of independence. A fatal car crash might not be accidental. The dead man’s son then disappears. Intelligence agencies and secret societies engage in a deadly treasure hunt to solve a series of intellectual puzzles… which might reveal the true heir to the Scottish crown. Given recent political events,…