More Halloween Reads

Weird visitations from beyond the grave: werewolf detectives and golden age investigators; haunted houses and the spirits of the suburbs – enter the weirder world of crime fiction, where police procedurals and murder-mysteries overlap with uncanny happenings… The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie A collection of a dozen intertwined short stories from the grand…

Criminal Halloween Reading

Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now! So let’s settle down with something on the spooky side of crime fiction. Here’s the first of this week’s special selection of chilling thrillers, exploring the mysterious hinterland between hardboiled noir and the beasts which prowl in the far beyond… Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg Let’s kick…

The Man Who Died: a comedy of killing

We’re all going to die. But Finnish businessman Jakko discovers more about his own death than most people would want to. He’s going to die quite soon, and he’s going to die quite unpleasantly. And he’s going to die because someone close to him has killed him. But who, and why? And what should he…

The Butchers Of Berlin: a rare DNF

It’s not often that I buy an actual paperback book – a proper thing with pages, not an ethereal ebook – and then give up on it halfway through. So The Butchers Of Berlin has secured an unusual accolade indeed. It should have been straight up my street, as I enjoy criminal investigations, serial killer…

Witness Statement: author Keith Nixon

Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray is haunted by a case he simply couldn’t solve. A missing kid: a devastated mother; a distraught father. A decade later later he’s called to an apparent suicide, the death of a 16 year old young man. A lad of the same age as the missing boy. The missing boy… who…

Chance: existential peril

Plenty of people aren’t going to like Chance. It’s ambitious and provocative, complex in construction and in its prose. Superficially it treads the same neurotic waters as Jonathan Kellerman’s trick-cyclist investigations, where the reader is given psychological insights into the mechanisms of the unravelling mind. But author Kem Nunn takes many more risks than Kellerman…

Nail’s Crossing: native American noir

This rural American police investigation is a sheer delight, conjouring characters as credible and a situation as intriguing as you’ll find in James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series. Here the hook is somewhat different: we follow Detective Maytubby of the ‘first people’ Chickasaw Nation as he plunges barefoot into a rough and tumble murder manhunt…