FranksWrite: Nordic noir comes to the West Country

English crime fiction used to be deeply rooted in traditional murder mysteries, country house investigations and character-driven police procedurals. If Colonel Mustard didn’t do it in the library with a candlestick, then DCI Tom Barnaby would have any Midsomer murder wrapped up by the time the parish clock chimed for tea. Yet the sudden popularity…

FranksWrite: it begins in the middle

The second novel in the Killing Sisters series comes out in September. Even before the first book was released, several short stories set the scene for the main event. Author Frank Westworth explains why he was unable to resist the lure of the back story… There is something monstrous frustrating about writing. And writing provides…

Ripping Reads: new titles, offbeat books and indie authors

2015 has already produced some criminally good books. Here’s a selection of chilling crime-thrillers, murder-mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from new writers, indie authors and small publishers which are waiting in our scarily huge TBR stack… A SONG OF SHADOWS, John Connolly The Charlie Parker series continues to blend gritty, real world investigations with…

FranksWrite: creating strong female characters in crime fiction

A new series of hard-hitting crime-thriller novels began last autumn with ‘A Last Act Of Charity’ by author Frank Westworth. Unusually, the first woman we meet isn’t some simpering victim – instead she’s one of the killing sisters, the hand which wields a bloody blade with fatal efficiency. Not the normal opening chapter, even for the…

News: two thrilling crime conventions

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the darker corners of your favourite crime or thriller novels, and maybe understand more about the author’s dark intentions, then conventions and conferences provide an incomparable opportunity to gain insights into the sinister back story of detectives, criminals and killers alike. This year’s calendar features two new intriguing events…