Catalyst: kitsch kat

  Catherine (‘Cat’, inevitably) is a talented woman. Smart enough to be a biochemist. Beautiful enough to be a top-class catwalk model. Physically skilled and strong enough to free-climb a sleek city office block. Determined enough to avenge the financial ruin and deaths of her parents. Yup, she’s a thoroughly modern girl. But Cat is…

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;…

Criminal encounters: new books and recommended reads

The dead bodies are really starting to stack up! There are just too many excellent new crime-thrillers and murder mysteries to cram into one update this month. So here’s an initial assortment of killer priests, Nordic noir, American blues, black comedy, private eyes, psychological thrillers, Scandi crime and savage assassins. Look out for more next…

No Mercy: four satisfying shorts

This concise compilation of four short stories showcases the talents of British author Wendy Cartmell who has more than a dozen crime-thrillers to her credit. Most of Cartmell’s books feature her military police investigator, Sgt Major Crane, and he takes centre stage in this collection. Crane is a middle aged, experienced army veteran who’s served…

Thriller writer Frank Westworth goes over to the Darker Side

Author of the Killing Sisters and JJ Stoner crime-thrillers, Frank Westworth, is the latest addition to the line-up for next year’s ‘Darker Side Of Fiction’ convention. Hosted by Hourglass Events, this one-day bookfest of all things mysterious will be held in Peterborough, UK, on October 7th 2017. To date, 24 authors have confirmed they’ll be…

Criminal encounters: thrillers, killers and conundra

Need something new to read? Here’s 20 or more psychological thrillers, global conspiracies, murder mysteries, Scandi crime, police procedurals, neo noir, private detectives, military sedition, ruthless gangsters, corrupt lawmen, cosy crime and historical whodunnits, which feature stealing, lying, cheating, kidnapping, spying, stalking and the odd dead body or ten. Just the job for a Bank…

Breakdown: criminal psychology with a social conscience

The early Dr Alex Delaware investigations were all about the science of the mind. Author Jonathan Kellerman used his psychologist character to explore the impulses that accompany insanity, to pull apart the pathological behaviours that can create death, despair, chaos and cruelty. Then the series stopped being so analytical, the mystery and murders became submerged…

Dead Guns #1: firing on all cylinders

This anthology of American crime crams in everything you’d expect from hardboiled pulp fiction. The action spans sudden death in a double-wide, to unexpected aid from an undercover cop. It encompasses righteous vengeance, unprovoked violence and what happens to careless crims with loose lips. Yet it’s far from hopeless: among the mobsters, lowlives, hard luck…