Best International Crime Books of 2018

Our year has been stacked with mystery and intrigue, betrayal and revenge, bitterness and redemption – and some simply stunning plot twists. We’ve reviewed and read almost 200 crime / thrillers, from literary fiction by established authors to debut books by indie authors. Only a very select few, less than 10%, achieve a full-on five-star…

Rapid Reviews: murder and mystery; future and history

These crime-thrillers and espionage adventures skim across an entire century, from 1941 through to sometime quite soon. Step this way for convoys under wolf pack attack; historic artworks being stolen; a serial killer being stalked, an intro to an unusual assassin and murder on Mars. In space, no one can hear you scream… The Interrogator…

World Gone By: the end of an era

  WW2 was tough on the American mob. The ample criminal opportunities provided by shortages and stressed policing were balanced by the gangs’ own issues – lack of decent manpower, the rise of fierce competition, the gradual erosion of the values which had made the Italian mafia all but invincible. The Feds are putting the…

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:…

The Pale Criminal: back to Berlin Noir

Philip Kerr wrote his original Berlin Noir trilogy nearly three decades ago, and it’s been about that long since I last read them. The Pale Criminal is the second in the series and only its brevity suggests that it’s a much older book than the current, long-running series centred around Bernie Gunther. The popularity of…

Giveaway: win a WW2 espionage adventure

  In ‘Spy On Spy’ by John Day, a secret team of hastily-trained German spies are sent to infiltrate England at the end of the 1943. Their mission: to covertly install the technical equipment which will help Hitler win the war with the Nazi’s new terror weapon, delivering death from the skies. Karl Strom, the…

Moskva: cold war killers

A fascinating, absorbing and entirely gripping read. Moskva is almost a classic tale of cold warriors, set in Moscow in the mid-1980s, when the red writing was most certainly on the wall. The plot is simple: a missing person. And that’s where the simplicity ends. The missing person is the British ambassador’s daughter, a rebellious…