Supernatural Sherlocks: glimpses of gothic oddness

This is a wonderfully nostalgic collection of 15 short stories which instantly transport you back to the age of empire, where men with handlebar moustaches and frock coats investigate uncanny happenings which have gels in crinolines swooning into their soup. They aren’t simply written in the style of the great Victorian and Edwardian detective novels…

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 Muddy Fork: classic American noir

If Icarus had written crime fiction, after reaching for the heavens and touching the sky, after he crashed and burned and fell back to earth, after he’d experienced the rapture of the ultimate and then knew only the desolation of it being permanently beyond his grasp – if that man Icarus had written crime fiction…

Dark Heart, Heavy Soul: a rogue Russian

Konstantin is a killer. Ex-KGB, ex-FSB, now skulking in the shadows in the run-down seaside towns of Kent, of all places. He dresses like a tramp, bears a bitter grudge from his past life, always checks over his shoulder and rarely fights fair. He’s an excellent operations planner and is known in the worst kind…

A Feast Of Carrion: a forensic mystery

Forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger had left the world of criminal investigation, traumatised by the death of a child, weighed down by the atrocity and abuse he encounters on the mortuary dissecting table. He sought solace in the world of academe, running a museum of medical samples for a university. But savage death finds him once…

Witness Statement: author EW Sullivan

  In this gritty American thriller, Dr Theo Zones desperately wants to believe that his father didn’t kill his mother. But his deeply personal investigation gets sidetracked by a series of bombings. Author EW Sullivan stops by to talk about the background to his new novel, ‘Swarm Theory.’ Along the way, Easy Rawlins, George Pelecanos, recent events…

The Dying Detective: an emotional end game

This book’s title totally gives the game away. The fate of Lars Johansson, not so very long retired from his position as head of Sweden’s national serious crime squad, is determined in the opening chapter during which he suffers a catastrophic cerebrovascular event. After a lifetime of good living, this stroke leaves him physically, emotionally…

The Man Upstairs: an existential detective

Frank Miller is a golden age gumshoe, the archetypal hardboiled private investigator. He’ll never turn away from a warm woman or a cold case. Armed with a cynical wit, a world-weary attitude and a smart-ass delivery, he’s just the right man to investigate shady goings-on involving sexed-up care-workers, suspicious deaths and a nefarious elected official.…

Crime Time: new titles and recommended reads

Start stacking the shelves for your summer holiday – this week’s list of cracking crime fiction includes Nordic noir, international espionage, murder mysteries, Scandi crime, literary fiction and historical investigations: thrillers, killers and all-action assassins, from world-class writers and newly discovered indie authors. HELLFIRE by Karin Fossum The 12th Inspector Sejer investigation is very welcome;…