Witness Statement: author Jan Edwards

Welcome to author Jan Edwards, whose new wartime mystery novel In Her Defence has just hit the shelves. Heroine Bunch Courtney – who we met in Winter Downs two years ago – first witnesses the death of a Dutch refugee in a quiet English market town. Just days later she learns of a similar murder…

The Lady Killer: Japanese whodunnit

An artful, old fashioned murder mystery which merrily leads its investigators (and the reader) along a convoluted pathway scattered with clues. Even the title is a masterful play on words, open to several interpretations… more than one of which may be correct. The Lady Killer isn’t as outright bizarre as more modern Japanese crime fiction,…

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…

Classic Crime: Inspector Zhang

Hang on, wait. This isn’t ‘classic’ or ‘vintage’ crime. It wasn’t written a hundred years ago. Inspector Zhang is a thoroughly modern man, investigating 21st century crime in the ultra-up-to-date, high-tech, lion city of Singapore. So why classify this short story as ‘classic crime’? Easy. In ‘Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish’ author Stephen Leather has…

Classic Crime: The Iron Chariot

This is a brand-new translation of a Norwegian novel that’s more than 100 years old – so don’t pick it up expecting cutting-edge Scandi crime or the bleak brutality of Nordic noir. Instead The Iron Chariot offers a nostalgic interlude in the golden age of the private detective. Puzzle-solver and independent investigator Asbjørn Krag is…

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…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

  Enjoy the long dark evenings with this selection of just-released classic crime, short stories, military thrillers, political intrigue, espionage adventures, police procedurals and whodunnits. The murders occur in days gone by or the here-and-now, from award-winning writers, indie authors, small publishers and famous names… RULER OF THE NIGHT by David Morrell Classic crime. Immerse…

Charcoal Joe: a masterclass from Walter Mosley

Utterly absorbing, Charcoal Joe yanks you back to LA in 1968, not long after the Watts riots, and it hurls you into the world of Easy Rawlins, a black man at a difficult time, a private investigator passing the prime of his life. It’s been a while since I’ve read any Easy and I’d wondered…