Book giveaway: one to win

There’s a chance to win Ian Coates’ international espionage thriller, Eavesdrop, over at Goodreads this month. Follow this link to enter the draw to win a paperback copy, settle down to a ripping read with assorted assassins, modern smugglers and high-tech spies… Customs Investigator James Winter must overcome all manner of extreme adversaries if he…

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…

FranksWrite: True Lies, of the killing kind

Crime writers have always used fiction to tell the truth and Frank Westworth, author of the Killing Sisters novels and JJ Stoner short stories, is no exception. His gritty, no-holds-barred neo-noir books feature hard as nails hitmen, ice cold killers, intimate encounters on sleazy backstreets, manipulated men and bewildering women. Surely it’s all made up?…

Crime on Tyne: dark crime fiction heads north

Crime-thriller author Frank Westworth will host an evening’s discussion about telling the truth through lies, as part of the Books On Tyne literary festival next month. Crime writers have always used fiction to tell the truth and Frank Westworth, author of the Killing Sisters novels and JJ Stoner short stories, is no exception. His gritty,…

Ripping Reads: new titles, offbeat books and indie authors

As the days shorten and the autumn evenings draw in, it’s time to settle down on the sofa for some mystery, intrigue and blunt force trauma. So here’s a selection of cracking crime-thrillers, detective novels, action adventure; mystery, horror, fantasy, and Nordic noir, featuring notables such as James Bond, Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander, no…

Brainrush: much rushing, not much brain

The trouble with the first part of most series is that you spend an awful lot of time on establishing the situation, the major players and the general set-up. Then just when things get really interesting… wham, bang, thank you and please buy the sequel. That’s pretty much Brainrush all over. It’s a slightly sci-fi…

Crashing Heaven: a clash of digital deities

In this future, computer intelligences are neither servants nor enemies of mankind. They have become gods. Seemingly benevolent, corporate, near omnipotent entities. And like the old gods of myth they are as indulgent and feckless and untrustworthy as any independent individual with its own agenda. Humanity meanwhile lives in a multi-layered artificial habitat, submerged in…