Five-star thriller: signed copies available

Positive reviews and critical approval for Frank Westworth’s new crime-thriller, ‘The Corruption Of Chastity’ are starting to stack up. It’s available as a paperback or ebook from all usual retailers, but here’s a unique opportunity to buy signed copies direct from the author — with a personal dedication if you’re so inclined. On top of that,…

Europa Blues: Swedish brilliance

There’s good Nordic noir. And there’s excellent Eurocrime. And there’s outstandingly accomplished crime writing which uses the genre to illustrate greater human truths, to bend perceptions, to shine light on subjects most folk would rather leave unseen in silent shadows. The Intercrime / A-unit series of police procedurals does all of the above. Europa Blues,…

The Song Of The Jubilee: a cascade of discordant colour

Dazzling. That’s the best word to describe this introduction to an extensive dystopian sci-fi saga. The first book in a series of five, ‘Jubilee’ sets the scene and themes in a complex, carefully crafted future history. It’s a world of contradictions and contrasts, saturated in vibrant technicolour throughout. The author uses a glittering palette to…

Kings of Delusion: Katrina and the serial killer

Set in New Orleans before, during and immediately after the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, Kings of Delusion takes an already dramatic situation and boosts it into overdrive by throwing a serial killer into the lawless, semi-submerged mix. It’s an solid set-up, one which uses the real-life recollections of a paramedic as the basis for the…

Prague Papers: a cold war psi story

There’s a particularly nifty twist to this espionage adventure, set behind the Iron Curtain in the mid-1970s. The smart, sexy female protagonist isn’t just a rare survivor from Warsaw’s WW2 ghetto. Nor is she merely a highly skilled covert operative, brought up by the British military establishment to be extremely effective against the KGB and…

The Angel In My Well: a meaning of life

A novella about traversing one of life’s inevitable landmarks into the emotional independence of adulthood, this beguiling tale blurs the ordinary banality of everyday middle-class life (9 to 5, designer shirt, takeaway curry, designer shoes, Friday night out, hangover, designer watch, blah) with significant spiritual revelation. As if that weren’t enough, author Kevin Ansbro also takes…

Crime on Tyne: dark crime fiction heads north

Crime-thriller author Frank Westworth will host an evening’s discussion about telling the truth through lies, as part of the Books On Tyne literary festival next month. Crime writers have always used fiction to tell the truth and Frank Westworth, author of the Killing Sisters novels and JJ Stoner short stories, is no exception. His gritty,…