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On the Radar — Here we are with our weekly round-up of new crime releases, and it’s safe to say that there’s evil lurking – in its own unique way – in each one of them. In Michael Farris Smith’s book, it’s creepy like a nightmare, while the threat of violence is what ramps up
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Honoring the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, the Booker International Prize has announced its 2020 longlist. The prize is awarded every year to a single book translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of international fiction and to promote the
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On the Radar — With a murderer who’s basing his crimes on those found in some of the classics of our favourite genre, how could we not lead off with Peter Swanson’s latest novel – Rules for Perfect Murders? The author always brings interesting concepts to his novels, as we’ve seen in the past. But
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“With slide rules and pencils, Katherine Johnson’s brilliant mind helped launch our nation into space.” Pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated the flight path for America’s first space mission and the first moon landing among other mathematical achievements, has died today, February 24, 2020, at 101. Her accomplishments, and those of the largely unrecognized
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Written by Elly Griffiths — The best crime book series – for example, the likes of Bosch and Rebus – keep the readers coming back by always surprising us. Yes, we know the central characters well, but just leaving them plodding along the same old furrow is dull, predictable, and ultimately, a turn off. So
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Crime Fiction Lover contributor Kate Vane’s new crime novel, Still You Sleep, features online journalist Tilda Green and crime reporter Freddie Stone as they investigate the death of a young woman from a drug overdose. Here’s her pick of journalists in crime fiction. Journalists make great protagonists in crime fiction. They have the skills and
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Sponsored by Crooked River, the new Agent Pendergast novel from Preston & Child. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty for
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Written by Nick Petrie — This is Nick Petrie’s fifth thriller featuring PTSD-afflicted Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Peter Ash, and it retains every bit of the energy of his earlier works. This time Ash’s old war-buddy seeks his help in locating an eight-year-old boy who was taken a year ago after witnessing his mother’s
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The Stranger is a Netflix eight-part mini-series that won’t do much to encourage you to make new friends. It’s a psychological thriller and was originally written by crime fiction mega-author, Harlan Coben. Richard Armitage stars but without the dwarvish beard he wore in The Hobbit, playing the everyman whose life gets jammed into a blender
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Sponsored by 2020 Newbery Honor recipient Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker with Macmillan Children’s. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Black
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On the Radar — Someone told us you love tricksy mysteries, and if that’s true you’ve come to the right place. On the Radar is our weekly news column and we’ve got five brain-tinglers for you this week, starting with one set in Ireland. There are psychological thrills, espionage, mobsters, criminal kids and more… A
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Written by Kate Vane — Journalists often make excellent lead characters as tenacious investigative reporters picking through the bones of crimes and societal corruption. Chris Brookmyre’s Jack Parlabane is a standout of the type, a truth-seeking maverick, who’ll let nothing stand in the way of justice through the printed story. In Still You Sleep, Kate
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Written by Dreda Say Mitchell — While many of Dreda Say Mitchell’s earlier novels have focused on London’s ganglands and young characters in that setting, her recent standalone novels have shifted to psychological thriller territory. But she’s not a writer who wants to create stories about young women who have disappeared and are victims. Instead,
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Award-winning author Elly Griffiths’ series featuring Dr Ruth Galloway, set in North Norfolk, reaches its 12th novel this month with the release of The Lantern Men. (Watch for our review, soon.) The Galloway books have been a huge hit with readers worldwide, and the author has also written five novels in her Brighton Mysteries series.
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Written by Matt Wesolowski —In a recent interview with Crime Fiction Lover, crime author Matt Wesolowski told us that his debut, Six Stories, was began as an experiment. However, the formula he created has been catnip for crime fiction lovers looking for books that offer something original. The format remains the same here in Beast,
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Written by Mark Dawson — Set only a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, The Vault is a standalone spy thriller with all the standard, but essential elements of the sub-genre – MI6, double agents and covert operations with plenty of action included. After months of planning and burrowing a
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Sponsored by Penguin Random House Library Marketing. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan for $3.99. Get it here, or
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On the Radar — Memory loss is not something we’re prone to here on Crime Fiction Lover – we never forget a great read! – but it’s central to our lead book in this week’s new books column. As well as Andrew Ewart’s Forget Me, don’t forget to check out Still You Sleep by our
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