Mystery & Murder: new books and recommended reads

Another intriguing selection of crime-thrillers and twisted tales from indie authors and best-sellers. This week’s round-up features short stories and full-length novels including gritty Britcrime, domestic noir, a slow-burn Icelandic investigation, an assassin seeking redemption and a chilling exploration into a warped personality…   THE THIRTEEN LIVES OF FRANK PEPPERCORN A collection of interlocking short…

Micah Seven Five: traditional Brit

A creditably competent police procedural, this Britcrime investigation brings little new to the party but it racks up all the regular features. These include a dissolute detective inspector, wallowing in a midlife crisis, estranged from his wife and child, bouncing between booze and fags and anti-depressants. Dedicated to the job, he’s propped up by an earnest,…

News: ‘Charity’ ebook now available to pre-order

  Want a killer read for your Kindle? Knife-edge action for your Nook? A crime-thriller for your Kobo? Intrigue for your iPad*? There’s all that and masses more (including but not limited to dead bodies, weird sisters, guitar heroes and strange sex) in A LAST ACT OF CHARITY by Frank Westworth, which is out on…

Ha’penny: intrigue and espionage on an alternate earth

The Small Change series is definitely my discovery of the year. Ha’penny, the second in the trilogy, offers us the ultimate moral dilemma: if you had the opportunity to kill Hitler then would you do it? At great personal cost? And would it make any difference?   Author Jo Walton then wraps that concept in…

The Axeman’s Jazz: not the NOLA that I know…

Writing historical crime fiction is no easy task: you have all the challenges of contemporary crime – a convincing plot and characters and a credible ending; suspense, tension, threat and so on – and you’ve also got to get those factual ducks in a row so that the time and place feel authentic and convincing.…

Decompression: suffocation of the self

Juli Zeh’s powerful psychodrama combines the serene rapture of the underwater environment with the claustrophobic collapse of identity under pressure. It’s unpredictable, offbeat and edgy; unsettling and almost incidentally erotic. Zeh introduces a pair of snakes into paradise when a fractious couple come to learn scuba diving at an isolated holiday village in the Canary…

Entanglement: strange new worlds…

Visiting a different alien world in almost every chapter: meeting strange new life-forms, boldly going where no one has gone before… In many ways, Entanglement harks back to the heyday of golden age science fiction and one weekly TV series in particular. Except this is no star trek. There’s no trekking to the stars. Instead…

Author in action: Slow progress with proof-reading

As the publication date for ‘A Last Act Of Charity’ creeps ever closer, so FrankW can be found in his library, pawing through the page-proofs. This is all a bit olde worlde for us, being rather more familiar with the frantic and entirely digital procedures of monthly magazine publishing. But there does seem to be…