Her Name Is Mercie: grit, bitterness and redemption

Meet Mercie: an ordinary young woman in midtown America. Her existence is ripped apart, collateral damage when her parents are murdered, their home repossessed, and she’s left with nothing. Her bewildered rage soon lands her in the worst kind of trouble, exposed to the harsh realities of serving hard time in the 21st century American…

What Lurks Below: science meets supernatural

This is the first episode in an ‘intelligent adventure’ series (‘Hell Holes’), which mixes the heft of heavyweight geology and climate science with the demons of the underworld unbound, in all their slavering ferocity. It’s a genre-bending bonanza of science, speculative fiction and supernatural action, a nifty idea which would make a perfect movie pitch.…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

The MMM Christmas survival guide: send everyone else to a party or the pub. Turn off all devices (apart from ereaders, obvs). Light candles. Raid emergency snack stash. Snuggle up on sofa with a brilliant book. And in case you need inspiration for that last item, here’s our round-up of recent releases in the crime/thriller…

Book bargain: free this week!

First Contract, the hard-hitting five-star quick thriller by Frank Westworth is available FREE on ebook for a few days only. This is your opportunity to meet JJ Stoner, who one reviewer nicknamed ‘the drinking man’s Jack Reacher’, in an early outing — one of the prequel short stories which are set roughly a decade ahead…

More Faces: short, sharp stabs

Murderers, thieves, political killers and private investigators – these are the people who populate Simon Maltman’s new collection of 12 short stories. I say ‘new’, but if you’ve read his novel, ‘A Chaser On The Rocks’ then you’ll recognise Billy Chapman, a private investigator who plies his trade in the 1940s while Belfast suffered its…

The Hunt For A King: Scotland the Brave

  Scotland is poised on the brink of independence. A fatal car crash might not be accidental. The dead man’s son then disappears. Intelligence agencies and secret societies engage in a deadly treasure hunt to solve a series of intellectual puzzles… which might reveal the true heir to the Scottish crown. Given recent political events,…

First Contract: great stortytelling

A discharged military sergeant is sent on a mission to assassinate a target in order to acquire a clean record that was tarnished by executing Iraqi prisoners. A lot of people will read the above description and think they’ve already read this story many times over with nothing new or original to offer. They may…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

Our latest list of cracking crime fiction includes Nordic noir, international espionage and adventure, English investigators, wartime military mysteries, Scandi crime, literary fiction and historical intrigue: the weird, the witty and the gritty; thrillers, killers and all-action assassins from world-class writers and indie authors. Get ready to load your Kindle… ROAD TO ITHACA by Ben…

Souls Disturbed: supernatural stirrings in the suburbs

Although the cover art for this collection of three novellas appears quite creepy, the stand-alone stories themselves are far from horrific. Instead they’re set in the ‘soft edges’ of ordinary, everyday English life, where the boundaries between ‘unremarkable’ and ‘unexplained’ can become blurred. Author Kath Middleton uses familiar situations from normal life to explore some…

Giveaway! Win a cracking crime caper

‘Too Many Crooks’ by Paul D Brazill has just been published. To celebrate the launch of this black-comedy Brit-grit romp we’re giving away a selection of the author’s earlier entertaining exploits – which range from werewolf detectives to killer vicars. The new novella features an international trawl among the underworld to rediscover the Totenkopfring, a…