Known Devil: hard-boiled urban fantasy

In this nifty mix of urban myth and police procedural, Detective Stan Markowski of the Occult Crimes Unit gets embroiled in a mafia family feud, uncovers a political plot, dodges bullets and bombs, and must counter a new street drug that’s driving even elves to armed robbery. Turns out he has a guardian angel watching…

Inspector Zhang: a locked-room mystery

There’s a dead body in the first class compartment of an airliner, and no one seems to have noticed how the passenger was murdered… That’s the set-up for this clever little conundrum, a short story which takes around a half hour to devour. ‘Inspector Zhang And The Dead Thai Gangster’ features Stephen Leather’s regular detective,…

Book Bonanza: WIN crime and sci-fi thrillers

What could be more exciting than discovering new authors and brilliant books? Well… how about WINNING an entire bookshelf full of brilliant books by interesting new authors? That’s what we’re offering in this week’s Freebie Friday Book Bonanza. Here’s at MMM we applaud the accomplishments of indie authors and small publishers who brave the boundaries…

Entanglement: strange new worlds…

Visiting a different alien world in almost every chapter: meeting strange new life-forms, boldly going where no one has gone before… In many ways, Entanglement harks back to the heyday of golden age science fiction and one weekly TV series in particular. Except this is no star trek. There’s no trekking to the stars. Instead…

Author in action: Slow progress with proof-reading

As the publication date for ‘A Last Act Of Charity’ creeps ever closer, so FrankW can be found in his library, pawing through the page-proofs. This is all a bit olde worlde for us, being rather more familiar with the frantic and entirely digital procedures of monthly magazine publishing. But there does seem to be…