Femme Fatale: a rollicking romp

It doesn’t matter if you’ve not read the two earlier encounters with Daniel Beckett, the Soho-based private investigator, raconteur, womaniser, fashionista, badass mofo and international man of mystery – you pretty much get the measure of the man in the opening three chapters of Femme Fatale. He flirts, fights, flirts some more, struts his peacock…

Missing: pulp fiction on the spooky side

A short novel or a long short story, this well-written gumshoe yarn takes a staple of the old-school PI genre and mixes it with something rather more… sinister. The ex-cop protagonist is, inevitably, something of a loner, and author William Markham pays homage to all the genre requirements – a regular old-style diner for breakfast…

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…

March Violets: a philosophical investigation

The very first of Philip Kerr’s WW2 Bernie Gunther investigations arrives as a republished stand-alone ebook (previously it was packaged up with The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem to form the ‘Berlin Noir’ trilogy) with perfect timing, just as the 12th book in the series is launched. It’s a clever move. March Violets is…

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…

The Devil’s Lieutenant: hell’s hitman

I love a good murder, me. And there’s plenty of death, despair and destruction in this supernatural noir – suicide, murder, incest, betrayal and a bullet through the brainpan all come barrelling off the page within the opening chapters. ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ combines the hardboiled grit of a bare-knuckle brawl with an intriguing twist into…

Sarah Killian: serial killer for hire

PSKs are professional serial killers. Not assassins (don’t let Sarah hear you describe her that way). They’re bona fide proven sociopathic mass murderers of the very worst kind: the ones who don’t get caught. Instead they’re tracked down by an ultra-secret agency, given clean IDs, makeover surgery to suit each assignment, and sent into the…

Dark Heart, Heavy Soul: a rogue Russian

Konstantin is a killer. Ex-KGB, ex-FSB, now skulking in the shadows in the run-down seaside towns of Kent, of all places. He dresses like a tramp, bears a bitter grudge from his past life, always checks over his shoulder and rarely fights fair. He’s an excellent operations planner and is known in the worst kind…

Return Run: backstreet skulduggery

‘Return Run’ is a rapid read of old-fashioned thuggery and back-street skulduggery. Set in Northern Ireland it avoids any political intrigue and concentrates instead on traditional criminal activities – robbery, assault, conspiracy, betrayal – with a bad boy protagonist taking the lead. Blake is a professional thief, a loner typical of the genre, the kind…