FranksWrite: True Lies, of the killing kind

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, no-holds-barred neo-noir books feature hard as nails hitmen, ice cold killers, intimate encounters on sleazy backstreets, manipulated men and bewildering women. Surely it’s all made up?…

Other Worlds: sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural titles

From urban fantasy to space-opera via fantasy quests, dystopian post-apocalyptic zombie romps, alternate history, warlocks, prophets, sword-n-sorcery, robots, telepaths and creatures of myth and mystery [phew], here are eighteen inspired titles from indie authors, new writers and a couple of old favourites to add to your to-read list… BEST LEFT IN THE SHADOWS by Mark Gelineau…

Win All Week: giant crime-thriller book and DVD giveaway

We’re disappearing under brilliant books and boxsets here at MMM, so it’s time to clear some space and reward you lovely people for paying attention. Our prize selection includes ripping reads by best-selling authors like Peter James, Paul Finch and Adam Nevill, plus some star-packed crime TV series and movies, including Fortitude, Fog and Crimes…

The Beige Man: solid Swedish procedural

This is part of the ongoing Inspector Irene Huss series, but there’s no need to have read any others in the series if this is your first Helene Tursten novel. The scenario is comfortably familiar: a competent, middle-ranking detective in Göteborg, Sweden’s second city, stretches her investigative skills as part of the CID team while…

Jordskott: weirdness in the woods

Jordskott is not the typical Scandi crime series, although during the first episode you could be forgiven for thinking it conforms to the pattern established by The Killing / The Bridge. The lead character is a determined female police investigator with a significant trauma in her past, and her return to the Swedish hinterland coincides…

The Perfectionist: hunter / hunted

This intriguing mix of investigative procedural and road trip, wrapped around a tale of personal redemption, is given a chilling menace by a calculating, appallingly accomplished serial killer. Representing the good guys, Gerry Stokes is an actively unsympathetic protagonist. He starts the novel as a callow coward, the worst kind of journalist who sees only personal advancement…

Hellblazer: The Family Man

John Constantine. Hellblazer. Hellraiser. Misanthrope, mage and meddler; arch manipulator and much more besides. This trade paperback compiles one of his earlier adventures, a story arc which first spluttered its sleazy self onto the shelves in comic book form back when the 1980s finally expired and a brash new decade strode onto the scene. ‘The Family…