Classic Crime: The Pledge

When a previously dispassionate detective – renowned and somewhat disliked for his cool head and professional detachment – becomes fixated by a case, his colleagues think he’s burned out, suffered a breakdown. They think he’s lost his mind. From his perspective the situation is completely reversed: the callous cut-throat murder of a young girl shocks…

Time Lies: extreme sibling rivalry

There are more mysteries, dysfunctional relationships, plot twists and quirky characters in this single book than some authors manage in an entire career. Author Magnus Stanke sets the scene with a cold-blooded killing then draws out a skein of enigmatic plot threads, several of which stay intriguingly unresolved until the final pages. There are moments…

Environmentally Friendly: man against nature

Author Elias Zanbaka crams a stack of action into precious few pages in this rapid-fire short story, which turns out to be the perfect length for a coffee break. He breaks almost every writing convention and hurls the reader into a non-stop heart-pumping pursuit through the crowded streets of Los Angeles. The writing is raw…

Mystery Thriller Week starts here and now!

The international mystery and thriller event of the year kicks off today and continues through to 22nd February, bringing together authors, blogger, experts, narrators, and enthusiasts. This online event celebrates the very best in all kinds of crime fiction: detective novels, action adventure, murder-mysteries, cosy crime, hardboiled noir, international espionage, literary fiction and historical investigations:…

Giveaway! Win a cracking crime caper

‘Too Many Crooks’ by Paul D Brazill has just been published. To celebrate the launch of this black-comedy Brit-grit romp we’re giving away a selection of the author’s earlier entertaining exploits – which range from werewolf detectives to killer vicars. The new novella features an international trawl among the underworld to rediscover the Totenkopfring, a…