Mr Shivers: high-brow mythic horror

This debut novel ambitiously aims to blend American gothic, historical grit and the sinister, surreal otherworldliness of a menacing modern-day myth. The sparse text veers towards the literary end of the spectrum, where the author establishes the narrative dynamic and the emotional context for the increasingly unsettling scenes, but lets the reader’s imagination run wild…

Third Person: new British noir

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The third JJ Stoner quick thriller mixes matter-of-fact violence, brooding humour and the kind of wry, witty dialogue you normally associate with American hard-boiled noir. It helps to have read the first couple of short stories in the sequence, although the events which take place in Third Person don’t…

Mission Flats: where The Wire meets the wilderness

Although there’s a recently-published edition on offer, Mission Flats is actually author William’s Landay’s debut crime thriller and it first saw light of day well over a decade ago. It comes heaped with praise from big-name reviewers and won a couple of major awards – and is certainly a cut above the average modern American…

Win on Wednesday: FREE crime-thriller ebook

IN POCKET, the new standalone crime thriller by Martyn V Halm is out next week. To celebrate, we’re giving away an ebook copy to one lucky MMM follower. To stand a chance of winning, just like MMM’s FB page and like / share / comment on the post about this competition… IN POCKET: picking the…

Eeny Meeny: a calculating commercial thriller

Author MJ Arlidge throws just about every modern crime-writer’s cliché into the mix for this first book in the contemporary Britcrime series featuring DI Helen Grace. And he (maybe she, although I doubt it) demonstrates considerable skill in pushing those buttons at just the right moments to create a rattling read – albeit one which…

Katla Killfiles: total tradecraft

To repeatedly get away with murder for money, a female assassin must be calculating, careful and somewhat cold-hearted. Katla Sieltjes is all of the above, and much more. In the Killfiles short stories she comes across as an intelligent, accomplished and cautious professional. Skilled, trained and experienced in dealing death to her commercial targets. Imagine…

Life Or Death: modern day Texas manhunt

Life Or Death kicks off with a perfect poser: why would you escape from prison one day before being released? The mystery manhunt which follows maintains that level of intrigue and suspense, gradually untangling the events which pushed Audie Palmer into going over the wall when 24 hours later he would’ve been a free man.…