The Town Built On Sorrow: brilliantly chilling

Like Goldilocks’ porridge, this is neither too brief nor too verbose; not needlessly complicated but intrinsically clever in its composition. It pulls together two dark tales, one from the pioneer days when wagon trains headed west to start new settlements, and the other in the 21st century. The town of Hawthorn has, as the title…

The Needle House: one to win!

This week sees the publication of the fifteenth Lasser novel, The One With All The Pain by writer Robin Roughley. With a long-running series like this it can be tricky to know where to start – so here’s a great opportunity to get in at the very beginning with our exclusive giveaway. We’re delighted to…

The Needle House: meet DS Lasser

  In the end he ran, simply because it was the only sane thing left to do. When Kyle had suggested they pile into his beaten-up Fiat and drive to the woods, Billy had groaned. Half an hour sandwiched on the back seat, littered with old burger wrappers and empty beer cans was a grim…

The Scarred Woman: a perfect payoff

After leading us down the garden path and round the mulberry bush for several Department Q novels, Jussi Adler-Olsen finally pulls all the threads together in this absurdly clever and extremely convoluted investigation. Finally we discover what’s been going on with the detective’s assistant, Rose, for all these years… but not at the expense of…

The Stoner Stories: a killer cast of characters

Meet JJ Stoner: musician, motorcyclist… and murderer. For years, Stoner has used sharp blades, blunt instruments and his innate persuasiveness to discreetly resolve tricky situations for the British government. During Stoner’s military days his kills were government-sanctioned. As a mercenary they were privately contracted. Some times, they were entirely off the books… ‘When the fighting…

Dept Q: inside the cold cases

Fans of superior Scandi crime are in for a total treat this week when the new Department Q book by Jussi Adler-Olsen is released. We’ve been lucky enough to read it already – and it is flat-out fabulous. Come back on Friday to find out all about The Scarred Woman. But what if you haven’t…