Thursday, June 04, 2020

TV News: Pointless & Agatha Raisin returns


This Saturday's Pointless Celebrities (7.30pm, BBC1), features writers, including two crime authors:
"A writers special featuring Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Liz Pichon, Nick Sharratt, Juno Dawson, Nadia Shireen, Adam Kay and Ian McMillan."



And Agatha Raisin, based on the books by the late M C Beaton, returns to Sky One on Wednesday 10 June at 9pm. The opening two-parter is based on Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

New Releases - May 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in paperback or hardback, in May 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). Apologies for the delay. I hope to get June's list up soon.

If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. There's been a lot of moving of dates.
Austin, Stephanie - From Devon with Death #3 Juno Browne
Bannister, Jo - Dangerous Pursuits #4 Detective Constable Hazel Best & Gabriel Ash
Barkworth, Hazel - Heatstroke
Barnes, Kerry - Raising a Gangster
Barnes, Kerry - The Rules #2 Hunted
Boyd, Damien - Down Among the Dead #1 DI Nick Dixon
Bradby, Tom - Double Agent # 2 Kate Henderson
Bradley, Vicki - Before I Say I Do
Brimson, Dougie - In The Know #3 Billy Evans, football hooligan
Burnside, Heather - Crystal #3 Working Girls
Chase, Eve - The Glass House
Clarke, Wendy - The Bride
Corry, Jane - I Made a Mistake
Curtis, Gayle - Safe No Longer
Dams, Jeanne M - Death Comes to Durham #23 Dorothy Martin
Dazieri, Sandrone - Kill the King #3 Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre
Dowd, Victoria - The Smart Woman's Guide to Murder
Emery, Anne - Postmark Berlin #11 Collins & Burke
Feeney, Alice - His & Hers
Foenkinos, David - The Mystery of Henri Pick
Gibney, Patricia - Buried Angels #8 Detective Lottie Parker
Grace, Ed - Kill Them Quickly #2 Jay Sullivan
Grant, Tracy - The Tavistock Plot # 19 Rannoch Fraser
Green, Simon R - The House on Widows Hill #9 Ishmael Jones
Greenwood, Ross - The Soul Killer #2 DI Barton
Hamdouchi, Abdelilah - The Butcher of Casablanca #2 The Butcher of Casablanca
Hausmann, Romy - Dear Child
Hawkswood, Sarah - Faithful Unto Death #6 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
Hayes, Samantha - The Happy Couple
Helm, Kate - The House Share
Holton, Noelle - Dead Wrong #2 DC Maggie Jamieson
Huber, Linda- The Runaway
Jeong, You-Jeong - Seven Years of Darkness
Johannsen, Anna - Death on the Beach #2 DI Lena Lorenzen
Kavanagh, Emma - The Devil You Know
Kovach, Carla - Her Last Mistake #6 Detective Gina Harte
Lee, M J - Where the Innocent Die (ebook only) #4 DI Ridpath
Linley, Sarah - The Beach
Maitland, Iain - The Scribbler
Marrs, John - What Lies Between Us
Marsons, Angela - Killing Mind #12 DI Kim Stone
McCleave, Simon - The Devil's Cliff Killings #4 DI Ruth Hunter
Moloney, Catherine - Crime at Home #8 DI Gilbert Markham
Morgan, Phoebe - The Babysitter
Nadel, Barbara - Blood Business #22 Cetin Ikmen, Policeman, Istanbul
Organ, Emily - The Gang of St Bride's #9 Penny Green, Victorian Era
Parks, Adele - Just My Luck
Patis, Vikki - Girl, Lost
Penner, Stephen - Homicide in Berlin #12 David Brunelle
Pyun, Hye-young - The Law of Lines
Robb, Candace - A Choir of Crows #12 Owen Archer
Rogers, Gemma - Reckless
Rubin, Gareth - The Winter Agent
Sharp, Zoe - Bones in the River #2 CSI Grace McColl and DC Nick Weston, Lake District
Shibli, Adania - Minor Detail
Sivers, Dave - In Ink #1 DI Nathan Quarrel
Slater, K L - Little Whispers
Spencer, Sally - Daughters of Darkness #3 Jennie Redhead, PI, Oxford, 1974
Steiner, Susie - Remain Silent #3 Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw, Cambridgeshire
Sten, Viveca - In the Name of Truth #8 Sandhamn Murders
Stimson, Tess - One in Three
Swallow, James - Rogue #5 Marc Dane
Teague, Paul J - Friends Who Lie
Teague, Paul J - No More Secrets
Teague, Paul J - One Last Chance
Teague, Paul J - So Many Lies
Teague, Paul J - Two Years After
Thomson, Lesley - Death of a Mermaid
Walker, Martin - A Shooting at Chateau Rock #13 Bruno, Chief of Police, France
Waller, Anita - Gamble
Walters, Alex - Small Mercies (ebook only) #1 DI Annie Delamere, Derbyshire

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

CrimeFest Awards 2020 - Shortlists

Hot off the press here are the shortlisted titles for the various CrimeFest Awards:
CRIMEFEST, one of Europe’s leading crime writing conventions, has announced the shortlists for its annual awards.

Now in its 13th year, the awards honour the best crime books released in 2019 in the UK.

New for 2020, in association with its headline sponsor Specsavers, is the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award. The winner will receive a £1,000 prize.

Adrian Muller, Co-host of CRIMEFEST, said: “Specsavers are passionate about the crime genre thanks to its founder Dame Mary Perkins, and their support ensures new voices in the genre will be recognised. We have really diverse awards reflecting the depth and breadth of the crime genre. Categories recognise e-books and audiobooks, humour, children and Young Adult crime fiction novels. We aim to be the most inclusive of awards to reflect the values of our convention.”

A further £1,000 prize fund is also awarded to the Audible Sounds of Crime Award, sponsored by Audible UK. Eligible titles are submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners establish the shortlist and the winning title.

Laurence Howell, Vice President, Content at Audible said: “We are delighted to continue as sponsor of the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. This is a prize that is very close to our heart and important for our members who are passionate fans of crime audiobooks. Crime and thriller remains one of our bestselling genres because of the intimate, immersive nature of audiobooks. Congratulations to all award nominees!”

All other category winners, which are judged by panels of leading British crime fiction reviewers, receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

The 2020 CRIMEFEST Awards were due to be presented at a Gala Dinner during the convention at the Bristol Grand Mercure Hotel this June. In light of Covid-19, the winners will be announced online at www.crimefest.com and via its social media pages on Tuesday 7 July.

Specsavers Crime Fiction Debut Award

One of the most anticipated categories showcases the next big names in the genre.

Shortlisted Holly Watt has already picked up the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for her debut, 'To The Lions'. Another high-profile debut star is Alex Michaelides with 'The Silent Patien't, which sold over a million copies and was a 'Richard and Judy' book club pick.

Engineer Fiona Erskine’s debut 'Chemical Detective' is also in contention for the best debut, alongside Katja Ivar for 'Evil Things'. Katja who was born in Moscow, lives in Paris and has a Masters in Contemporary History; her debut takes place in Finland at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Carolyn Kirby’s 'The Conviction of Cora Burns' was chosen by The Times as an historical fiction book of the month and was longlisted for the HWA debut crown award. Laura Shepherd-Robinson worked in politics for nearly twenty years before writing her thrilling debut historical crime novel, 'Blood & Sugar', set in 1781 amidst the British slavery industry also makes the shortlist.

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

The Audible shortlist features bestselling novels including Kate Atkinson’s 'Big Sky', read by Jackson Brodie actor Jason Isaacs, Lee Child’s 'Blue Moon' narrated by Jeff Harding and 'The Silent Patient' by Alex Michaelides featuring Sherlock actress Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins.

The British-Nigerian actress Weruche Opia narrates Oyinkan Braithwaite’s Booker-longlisted 'My Sister, The Serial Killer'. Also, in contention are Alex Callister’s 'Winter Dark', 'The Family Upstairs' by Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan’s 'The Holiday', and Peter May’s 'The Man with No Face'.

H.R.F. Keating Award

Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts on the genre, is shortlisted for the H.R.F Keating Award for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction for his guide to the genre, 'Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide'. He’s up against John Curran’s' The Hooded Gunman', a celebration of the 2000 books published by the iconic imprint Collins’ Crime Club. Also on the shortlist is Ursula Buchan with 'Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps'. Ursula, the granddaughter of John Buchan, who wrote the classic thriller famously adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock, draws on recently discovered family documents in her illuminating biography.

Last Laugh Award

Previous winners of the Last Laugh Award return on the 2020 shortlist as Christopher Fowler, the author of fifty novels and short stories, is shortlisted for his Bryant & May mystery, 'The Lonely Hou'r. Fowler won the Last Laugh Award in 2009. L.C. Tyler also won the award in 2010. He returns with his novel, 'The Maltese Herring'.

Also battling for the best humorous crime novel is the king of Helsinki noir, Antti Tuomainen, William Boyle for 'A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself' and Hannah Dennison with 'Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall'. Helen FitzGerald joins the shortlist for 'Worst Case Scenario', a deliciously dark, unapologetically funny psychological thriller by the international bestselling author 'The Cry'.

eDunnit Award

Holly Watt ('To The Lions'), Helen FitzGerald ('Worst Case Scenario') and L.C. Tyler ('The Maltese Herring') are all shortlisted in their second category of the CRIMEFEST awards – the eDunnit award for best electronic crime novel. They’re up against Sarah Hilary’s 'Never Be Broken' – her sixth book in the DI Marnie Rome series and Andrew Taylor for 'The King’s Evil', the hugely successful series from an author considered one of the best historical crime writers today. Also shortlisted is the American giant of twenty-one acclaimed, award winning international bestsellers, Don Winslow, for 'The Border', the concluding part of his Cartel trilogy.

Best Crime Fiction Novel for Children

Dark deeds, piratical plots and dastardly villains feature in the shortlist for the best children’s crime novel.

Welsh author P.G. Bell is shortlisted for 'The Great Brain Robbery', the second in his Train to Impossible Places Series. Acclaimed children’s author Vivian French is in contention for her adventures of a family theatre-troupe touring Victorian England by train in 'The Steam Whistle Theatre Company'.

Librarian and author Sophie Green makes the list with her unusual investigative duo chasing ghostly goings-on in 'Potkin and Stubbs'. Also shortlisted is A.M. Howell whose 'The Garden of Lost Secret's set in 1916 on a country estate was a Times Children’s Book of the Week.

'The Haven', an adrenalin-fuelled adventure by top thriller writer Simon Lelic, also makes the shortlist, along with 'Malamander' by Thomas Taylor, a quirky fantasy with a cast of characters in pursuit of a sea monster. An illustrator and writer, Taylor’s first job was the cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults

An icon of the crime genre synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham, makes the shortlist for his Young Adult novel 'Theodore Boone: The Accomplice' featuring a nosy thirteen-year-old half-boy, half-lawyer.

Grisham is up against last year’s winner for the best crime fiction novel for young adults, Nikesh Shukla. Shukla hopes to hold onto the title with 'The Boxer', the story of seventeen-year-old Sunny who takes up boxing to protect himself after a racist attack.

Simon Mason, who won the CRIMEFEST Best Young Adult novel in 2017 for 'Kid Got Shot' is also back with 'Hey Sherlock!' which stars teen slacker and crime-solving genius Gavin Smith.

Kathryn Evans is no stranger to awards as her debut 'More of Me won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award – the first Young Adult novel to do so. Her latest, 'Beauty Sleep', a dark thriller that plunges a pre-tech girl into a futuristic world, makes the shortlist. Also, in contention is the dark, twisty, fairy tale world of Samuel J. Halpin’s 'The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods' and 'Heartstream', a taut thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal by Tom Pollock.



SPECSAVERS DEBUT CRIME NOVEL AWARD

- Fiona Erskine for The Chemical Detective (Point Blank)

- Katja Ivar for Evil Things (Bitter Lemon Press)

- Carolyn Kirby for The Conviction of Cora Burns (No Exit Press)

- Alex Michaelides for The Silent Patient (Orion Fiction)

- Laura Shepherd-Robinson for Blood & Sugar (Mantle)

- Holly Watt for To The Lions (Raven Books)


AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD

- Kate Atkinson for Big Sky narrated by Jason Isaacs (Penguin Random House Audio)

- Oyinkan Braithwaite for My Sister, the Serial Killer narrated by Weruche Opia (W F Howes)

- Alex Callister for Winter Dark narrated by Ell Potter (Audible Studios)

- Lee Child for Blue Moon narrated by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)

- Lisa Jewell for The Family Upstairs narrated by Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn (Penguin Random House Audio)

- T.M. Logan for The Holiday narrated by Laura Kirman (Zaffre)

- Peter May for The Man with No Face narrated by Peter Forbes (Quercus, Fiction)

- Alex Michaelides for The Silent Patient narrated by Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins (Orion)


H.R.F. KEATING AWARD

- Ursula Buchan for Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps (Bloomsbury Publishing)

- John Curran for The Hooded Gunman (HarperCollins Crime Club)

- Barry Forshaw for Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide (No Exit Press)


LAST LAUGH AWARD

- William Boyle for A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself (No Exit Press)

- Hannah Dennison for Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall (Constable)

- Helen FitzGerald for Worst Case Scenario (Orenda Books)

- Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May - The Lonely Hour (Transworld)

- Antti Tuomainen for Little Siberia (Orenda Books)

- L.C. Tyler for The Maltese Herring (Allison & Busby)



eDUNNIT AWARD

- Helen FitzGerald for Worst Case Scenario (Orenda Books)

- Sarah Hilary for Never Be Broken (Headline)

- Andrew Taylor for The King's Evil (HarperFiction)

- L.C. Tyler for The Maltese Herring (Allison & Busby)

- Holly Watt for To The Lions (Raven Books)

- Don Winslow for The Border (HarperFiction)



BEST CRIME FICTION NOVEL FOR CHILDREN (ages 8-12)

- P.G. Bell for The Great Brain Robbery (Usborne Publishing)

- Vivian French for The Steam Whistle Theatre Company (Walker Books)

- Sophie Green for Potkin and Stubbs (Bonnier Books)

- A.M. Howell for The Garden of Lost Secrets (Usborne Publishing)

- Simon Lelic for The Haven (Hodder Children's Books)

- Thomas Taylor for Malamander (Walker Books)


BEST CRIME FICTION NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ages 12-16)

- Kathryn Evans for Beauty Sleep (Usborne Publishing)

- John Grisham for Theodore Boone: The Accomplice (Hodder & Stoughton)

- Samuel J. Halpin for The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods (Usborne Publishing)

- Simon Mason for Hey Sherlock! (David Fickling Books)

- Tom Pollock for Heartstream (Walker Books)

- Nikesh Shukla for The Boxer (Hodder Children's Books)

Monday, June 01, 2020

International Dagger Speculation (2020)

What with one thing and another, I'm very tardy with my International Dagger Eligibles list. The longlist is to be announced on Friday, 5 June.

So here are the translated crime novels published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 ie the period of eligibility. There's 69, cf 98 last year.

NB. The CWA website has the list of official submissions of which there are 44 (which I've marked with an *. I'm assuming this is an up to date list).

In the list below I've also included the country of birth and gender of the author(s) plus the translator's name (where known) and the publisher.

Stats:
The breakdown by gender is 48 Male, 20 Female, 1 Male & Female team.
Authors are from 19 countries. The most represented country is Sweden (13) followed by Germany (9), Italy (8) and Norway (8). Over 50 translators (including pairs of translators) brought you these titles, with at least 10 individuals having translated more than one. (I've put "tbc" when I cannot find the name of the translator.)

April 2019 - March 2020

Alphabetical

Jussi Adler-Olsen - The Washington Decree (Denmark, M) (tr. Steve Schein, Quercus)
Jussi Adler-Olsen - Victim 2117 (Denmark, M) (tr. William Frost, Quercus)*
Stefan Ahnhem - Motive X (Sweden, M) (tr. Agnes Broomé ,Head of Zeus)
Boris Akunin - Not Saying Goodbye (Russia, M) (tr. Andrew Bromfield, W&N)*
Edoardo Albinati - The Catholic School (Italy,  M) (tr.  Antony Shugaar, Picador)*

Heine Bakkeid - I Will Miss You Tomorrow (Norway, M) (tr. Anne Bruce, Raven Books)*
Enzo Bartoli - Six Months to Kill (France, M) (tr. Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies, Thomas & Mercer)
Lina Bengtsdotter - For the Dead (Sweden, F) (tr. Agnes Broomé, Orion)
Mattias Berg - The Carrier (Sweden, M) (tr. George Goulding, MacLehose Press)*
Katarzyna Bonda - Girl at Midnight (Poland, F) (tr. Filip Sporczyk, Hodder & Stoughton)

Oliver Bottini - The Dance of Death (Germany, M) (tr. Jamie Bulloch, MacLehose Press)*
Marion Brunet - Summer of Reckoning (France, F) (tr. Katherine Gregor, Bitter Lemon Press)*
Simone Buchholz - Mexico Street (Germany, F) (tr. Rachel Ward, Orenda Books)*

Andrea Camilleri - The Other End of the Line (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)*
Massimo Carlotto - Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores (Italy, M) (tr. Will Schutt, World Noir)
Donato Carrisi - Into the Labyrinth (Italy, M) (tr. Katherine Gregor, Little, Brown)*
Hannelore Cayre - The Godmother (France, F) (tr. Stephanie Smee, Old St Publishing)*

Luca D'Andrea - Sanctuary (Italy, M) (tr. Howard Curtis & Katherine Gregor, MacLehose Press)*
Maurizio De Giovanni - Cold for the Bastards of Pizzofalcone (tr. Italy, M) (Antony Shugaar, World Noir)

M T Edvardsson - A Nearly Normal Family (Sweden, M) (tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles, Pan Macmillan)

K Ferrari - Like Flies from Afar (Argentina, M) (tr. Adrian Nathan West, Canongate Books)*
Ivo Fornesa - Death in Saint-Chartier (Spain, M) (tr. Allen Young, Allison & Busby)*
Agnete Friis - The Summer of Ellen (Denmark, F) (tr. Sinead Quirke Kongerskov, Soho Press)

Jorge Galan - November (El Salvador, M) (tr. Jason Wilson, Constable)*
Johana Gustawsson - Blood Song (France, F) (tr. David Warriner, Orenda Books)*

Alexander Hartung - Blood Ties (Germany, M) (tr. Fiona Beaton Thomas & Mercer)
Alexander Hartung - Broken Glass  (Germany, M) (tr. Fiona Beaton Thomas & Mercer)*
Chan Ho-Kei - Second Sister (Hong Kong, M) (tr. Jeremy Tiang, Head of Zeus)*
Anne Holt - A Grave for Two (Norway, F) (tr. Anne Bruce, Corvus)*
Jorn Lier Horst - The Cabin (Norway, M) (tr.  Anne Bruce, Michael Joseph)*
Jorn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger - Death Deserved (Norway, M) (tr. Anne Bruce, Orenda Books)*

Mai Jia - The Message (China, M) (tr. Olivia Milburn, Head of Zeus)
Anna Johannsen - The Body on the Beach (Germany, F) (tr. Lisa Reinhardt, Thomas & Mercer)*
Ragnar Jonasson - The Island (Iceland, M) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Penguin)*

Lars Kepler - Lazarus (Sweden, B) (tr. Neil Smith, HarperCollins)*
Volker Kutscher - The Fatherland Files (Germany, M) (tr. Niall Sellar, Sandstone)*

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice  (Sweden, M) (tr. George Goulding, MacLehose Press)*

Stefan Malmström - Kult (Sweden, M) (tr. Suzanne Martin Cheadle, Silvertail Books)*
Marco Malvaldi - The Measure of a Man (Italy, M) (tr. Howard Curtis, Europa Editions)
Deon Meyer - The Last Hunt (South Africa, M) (tr. K L Seegers, Hodder & Stoughton)*
Maria Luisa Minarelli - Murder in Venice (Italy, F) (tr. Lucinda Byatt, Thomas & Mercer)
Guillaume Musso - The Reunion (France, M) (tr. Frank Wynne, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)*

Jo Nesbo - Knife (Norway, M) (tr. Neil Smith, Harvill Secker)
Mads Peder Nordbo - Cold Fear (Denmark, M) (tr. Charlotte Barslund, Text Publishing)*
Andreas Norman - The Silent War (Sweden, M) (tr. Ian Giles, riverrun)*

Kristina Ohlsson - The Flood (Sweden, F) (tr. Marlaine Delargy, Simon & Schuster)
Sergio Olguin - The Fragility of Bodies (Argentina, M) (tr. Miranda France, Bitter Lemon Press)*
Riku Onda - The Aosawa Murders (Japan, F) (tr. Alison Watts, Bitter Lemon Press)*
Martin Osterdahl - Ten Swedes Must Die (Sweden, M) (tr. Peter Sean Woltemade, AmazonCrossing)*

Leonardo Padura - Grab a Snake by the Tail (Cuba, M) (tr. Peter Bush, Bitter Lemon Press)*
Mercedes Pinto Maldonado-  Letters to a Stranger (Spain, F Jennie Erikson, Lake Union Publishing (with Amazon Crossing))

Marit Reiersgaard - The Girl With No Heart (Norway, F) (tr. Paul Norlen, Gyldendal Norwegian Press)
Stein Riverton - The Iron Chariot (Norway, M) (tr. Lucy Moffatt, Lightning Books)*
Roslund-Hellstrom, Three Hours (Sweden, M) (tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel, riverrun)*

Lars Schutz - The Alphabet Murders (Germany, M) (tr. Caroline Waight Schütz, Manilla)
Mi-ae Seo - The Only Child (Korea, F) (tr. Yewon Jung, Point Blank)*
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Absolution (Iceland, F) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Hodder & Stoughton)*
Lilja Sigurdardottir - Cage (Iceland, F) (tr. Quentin Bates, Orenda Books)*
Gunnar Staalesen - Wolves at the Door (Norway, M) (tr. Don Bartlett, Orenda Books)*
Jesper Stein - Die For Me (Denmark, M) (tr. Charlotte Barslund, Mirror Books)*
Viveca Sten In the Shadow of Power Sweden F Marlaine Delargy AmazonCrossing

Christer Tholin - Guilty? (Germany, M) (tr. Christina Lagaris, Christer Tholin)
Antti Tuomainen - Little Siberia (Finland, M) (tr. David Hackston, Orenda Books)*
Helene Tursten - Winter Grave (Sweden, F) (tr. Marlaine Delargy, Soho Press)

Fred Vargas - This Poison Will Remain (France, F) (tr. Sian Reynolds, Harvill Secker)

Klaus-Peter Wolf - The Oath (Germany, M) (tr. ??, Zaffre)

A Yi - Two Lives: Tales of Life, Love and Crime (China, M) (tr. Alex Woodend, Flame Tree Press)
Seishi Yokomizo - The Honjin Murders (Japan, M) (tr. Louise Heal Kawai, Pushkin Vertigo)*

Jakub Zulczyk - Blinded by the Lights (Poland, M) (tr. Marek Kazmierski, Legend Press)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: The Big Sleep by Ramond Chandler

I recently posted my review of THE BIG SLEEP on my library's Facebook page:


Raymond Chandler’s THE BIG SLEEP is one of the BBC’s ‘100 novels that shaped our world’ and as I have been a crime fiction fan since reading Enid Blyton, I really should have read this before. However, Lockdown has pushed me to read it and I am glad that I did.

This is Chandler’s first full-length novel, and introduces the wise-cracking gumshoe/shamus/PI Philip Marlowe and the mean streets of Los Angeles. Published in 1939, it is said the past is a different country...well so at times is the language. I read whilst not understanding many words at times, such is the difference in vernacular and slang, and yet, it is as if I have seen a [black and white] movie such is the vivid nature and descriptive beauty of the writing.

The plot, a combination of two of Chandler’s earlier short stories, revolves around the wealthy Sternwood family, who have made their money through oil (like the Ewing family in ‘Dallas’ but even more dysfunctional). The ailing patriarch, the General, hires Marlowe to investigate what appears to be a blackmail attempt concerning his younger daughter. This investigation leads Marlow into a web of blackmail, jealousy, grifters, sleazy hotels and murders and then when he settles that case, he takes it on himself to solve another related case – the disappearance of one of the other Sternwoods. This culminates in a memorable confrontation in the pouring rain. And a meeting with a woman “so platinumed that her hair shone like a silver fruit bowl”.

THE BIG SLEEP contains some wince-inducing misogyny and homophobia nonetheless it is well worth a read just to see how far we have come, what Hollywood was like eighty years ago, and to meet Philip Marlowe, an honourable man who mostly does the right thing.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Review: Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Daniela Sosa

I recently posted my review of AGENT ZAIBA INVESTIGATES: THE MISSING DIAMONDS on my library's Facebook page:

AGENT ZAIBA INVESTIGATES: THE MISSING DIAMONDS, by Annabelle Sami and illustrated by Daniela Sosa, is the first book in a new series and introduces Zaiba, an aspiring detective, and her two sidekicks: her best friend Poppy and younger (half) brother Ali.

The story all takes place in the Royal Star Hotel where Zaiba’s cousin Sam and fiancé Tanvir are having their Mehndi party.

Zaiba, in the best tradition of her hero Eden Lockett - a successful writer of detective stories based on events in her own life – is tasked with identifying the mysterious celebrity who is staying at the hotel. The female celebrity is staying with a small dog who has an expensively bejewelled collar. When first the dog goes missing and then the collar, it is up to Zaiba and her team to find both, solve the mystery and save the day!

I really enjoyed this book. There’s lots of action and use of initiative. All the characters have their individual strengths though Zaiba is on a bit of a learning curve to take notice of her friends’ suggestions at times. Alongside the text there are full-page and incidental illustrations dotted throughout.

Zaiba gets on well with her step-mum Jessica whom she calls mum but there is a mystery about the loss of her birth mum which I hope is revealed over the series. Zaiba feels close to her mum via the Eden Lockett books which she inherited as her mum had written little notes in the margins.

The second book is out in July and I look forward to it.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

New Releases - April 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in April 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). April and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Abbott, Rachel - The Murder Game #2 Stephanie King
• Allott, Susan - The Silence
• Atkins, Lucy - Magpie Lane
• Baldwin, Jackie - Avenge the Dead #3 DI Frank Farrell, Dumfries
• Balzano, Marco - I'm Staying Here
• Black, Cara - Three Hours in Paris
• Blaedel, Sara - The Third Sister #3 Ilka Nichols Jensen
• Casey, Jane - The Cutting Place #9 DC Maeve Kerrigan
• Chapman, Julia - Date with Danger #5 The Dales Detective Series
• Dahl, Kjell Ola - Sister #9 Gunnarstranda and Frolich, Oslo Police
• Davis, Lindsey - The Grove of the Caesars #8 Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco
• Edwards, Martin - Mortmain Hall #2 Jacob Flint, Journalist, 1930
• Erskine, Fiona - The Chemical Reaction #2 Jacqueline Silver
• Finlay, Mick - Arrowood and the Thames Corpses #3 Arrowood, PI, 1895
• Gunnis, Emily - The Lost Child
• Hall, Matthew - The Black Art of Killing
• Harris, C S - Who Speaks for the Damned #15 Sebastian St. Cyr, Regency England
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Vale of Tears #5 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Howe, Samantha Lee - The Stranger in Our Bed
• Jonasson, Ragnar - The Mist #3 Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdotti
• Jones, Philip Gwynne - Venetian Gothic #4 Nathan Sutherland
• Kent, Tony - Power Play
• La Plante, Lynda - Buried #1 DC Jack Warr
• Lackberg, Camilla - The Gilded Cage
• Lawton, John - Hammer to Fall #3 Joe Wilderness
• May, Peter - Lockdown (ebook only)
• McGilloway, Brian - The Last Crossing
• McPherson, Ben - The Island
• Morris, R N - The Music Box Enigma #6 Silas Quinn, police detective
• Naughton, Sarah J - The Mothers
• O'Connor, Carlene - Murder in Galway #1 Tara Meehan
• O'Reilly, Judith - Curse the Day #2 Michael North
• O'Sullivan, Darren - Dark Corners
• Parris, S J - Execution #6 Italian monk Giordano Bruno, Elizabethan era
• Perks, Heidi - Three Perfect Liars
• Perry, Anne - A Question of Betrayal #2 Elena Standish, Photographer, 1930s
• Perry, S W - The Saracen's Mark #3 Nicholas Shelby, Elizabethan Era
• Ripley, Mike - Mr Campion's Seance #7 Albert Campion
• Savin, Jennifer - The Wrong Move
• Schellman, Katharine - The Body in the Garden #1 Lily Adler, London, 1815
• Smith, Alexander McCall - The Talented Mr Varg #2 Detective Varg, Malmo
• Tallon, Emma - Fearless Girl (ebook only) #6 Anna Davis
• Taylor, Andrew - The Last Protector #4 Ashes of London series
• Taylor, C L - Strangers
• Thomas, Joe - Bent
• Vaughan, Sarah - Little Disasters
• Walter, B P - Hold Your Breath
• Watt, Holly - The Dead Line #2 Casey Benedict, Investigative Journalist
• Whishaw, Iona - A Match Made for Murder #7 Lane Winslow
• Whitaker, Chris - We Begin at the End
• Wilkins, Susan - Buried Deep #1 Detective Megan Thomas
• Wyer, Carol - The Secret Admirer #6 Detective Natalie Ward

Review: Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Yesterday I posted my review of Lauren St John's Kat Wolfe Investgates on my library's Facebook page:

KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES, the first in a new series from Lauren St John, won CrimeFest’s, Best Crime Novel for Children (8-12) last year. And I loved it too.

After an unpleasant incident in their London home, Kat's mum, a veterinary surgeon, and Kat relocate to a slightly mysterious job in an idyllic Dorset sea-side town called Bluebell Bay. One of the conditions is that they take on the previous owner's cat, which is no ordinary British Domestic Shorthair... Plus Dr Wolfe has to be able to treat monkeys at the local sanctuary.

As it's the school holidays Kat is soon running her own small business – pet sitter for hire, and meets a temporarily housebound American girl of her own age (12) who has been thrown and badly injured by the very horse that Kat is to look after. Kat also offers to look after a parrot whose Paraguayan owner is returning home for a while. This latter job is what instigates an involving adventure with international implications.

This is a very rich book, with quite a complicated storyline. I don't want to say anything more about the plot but it is I think, quite an unusual story for this age group. Kat is a great animal-whisperer and not surprisingly her and her mum are vegan. She has a good heart and those around her respond to it. This book beams with good messages, has an exciting story and is quite funny as well.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cover Theme - Stone Circles

The first four have stone circles on the cover and the fifth, The Puppet Show, involves stone circles in the plot. Please let me know of others that feature stone circles. I just love these covers!






Monday, March 09, 2020

The Queen as sleuth (II)

C C Benison wrote a short series featuring the Queen and one of her maids as sleuths back in 1996-1998:

• Death At Buckingham Palace19961
• Death At Sandringham House19972
• Death At Windsor Castle19983

and the Queen is back again as a sleuth in this newly announced series from S J Bennett.

From The Bookseller:
Zaffre has pre-empted a series of books by S J Bennett starring Queen Elizabeth II as a secret amateur detective who solves crimes between royal duties.

Publishing director of the Bonnier Books UK imprint, Ben Willis, scooped UK and Commonwealth rights for five books in the Her Majesty Investigates series in a “major” deal with Charlie Campbell at Kingsford Campbell. First book The Windsor Knot will be published in hardback and e-book in early 2021.

Its synopsis explains: “When a man is found hanged in an apparent suicide in one of Windsor Castle’s guest bedrooms during a ‘Dine and Sleep’ event, the Queen secretly investigates the suspicious death. Set during the run-up to the Queen’s 90th birthday, it combines a rich cast of characters–including cameos from Prince Phillip, David Attenborough, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Obamas–with a witty and brilliantly researched portrait of royal daily life.”

Bennett’s second book in the series, currently untitled, will be set at Buckingham Palace, while her third will play out at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Monday, March 02, 2020

New Releases - March 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in March 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). March and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Adler-Olsen, Jussi - Victim 2117 #8 Carl Morck and his assistant Assad, Department Q, Copenhagen
• Amphlett, Rachel - None the Wiser #1 Detective Mark Turpin
• Bannalec, Jean-Luc - The Killing Tide #5 Commissioner Dupin
• Bourne, Sam - To Kill a Man #5 Maggie Costello
• Boyd, Clare - My Perfect Wife
• Bradley, Kate - To Keep You Safe
• Broadribb, Steph - Deep Dark Night #4 Lori Anderson
• Bruce, Camilla - You Let Me In
• Brunet, Marion - Summer of Reckoning
• Buchholz, Simone - Mexico Street #3 Chastity Riley
• Butler, D S - Don't Turn Back #3 Detective Karen Hart
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Safety Net #25 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy [UK release is April]
• Chung, Maxine Mei-Fung - The Eighth Girl
• Dalbuono, Nadia - The Devil #5 Detective Leone Scamarcio, Rome
• Davies, Martin - Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy #4 Mrs Hudson and Sherlock Holmes
• Dean, Will - Black River #3 Tuva Moodyson, Sweden
• Doherty, Kevin - The Leonardo Gulag
• Duckworth, Charlotte - Unfollow Me
• Dunford, Caroline - A Death at the Races #14 Euphemia Martins
• Dunphy, S A - Why She Ran #4 David Dunnigan
• Fairfax, John - Forced Confessions #3 William Benson and Tess de Vere, Lawyers
• Ferrari, K - Like Flies from Afar
• Fleet, Rebecca - The Second Wife
• Fornesa, Ivo - Death in Saint-Chartier
• Gray, Alex - When Shadows Fall #17 DCI Lorimer & psychologist Solomon Brightman, Glasgow
• Hannah, Mari - Without a Trace #7 Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels
• Hardy, S M - The Evil Within #1 Dark Devon Mysteries
• Harrison, Cora - Death of a Prominent Citizen #7 Reverend Mother Aquinas, Cork, 1920s
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Hostage to Fortune #4 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Heley, Veronica - False Conclusion #14 Bea Abbott, Sixty-something owner of The Abbott (Domestic) Agency
• Jia, Mai - The Message
• Kealey, Imogen - Liberation
• Kepler, Lars - Lazarus #7 DI Joona Linna, Stockholm
• Koch, Emily - Keep Him Close
• Lark, J S After You Fell
• Leon, Donna - Trace Elements #29 Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venice
• Lynch, Rachel - Little Doubt #7 DI Kelly Porter, Lake District
• Mancini, Ruth - One Dark, Two Light #2 Sarah Kellerman, Lawyer
• Mark, David - Borrowed Time
• Merritt, Chris - Knock Knock #1 Detectives Lockhart and Green
• Moor, Jessica - Keeper
• Nath, Michael - The Treatment
• Nickson, Chris - The Molten City #8 Detective Inspector Tom Harper, Leeds Police, 1890s
• Niven, John - The F*ck-it List
• Nolan, Dominic - After Dark #2 DS Abigail Boone
• Nugent, Liz - Our Little Cruelties
• Parks, Alan - Bobby March Will Live Forever #3 Harry McCoy, Police Officer, Glasgow, 1973
• Parris, S J - The Academy of Secrets (ebook only) #2 Giordano Bruno Novella
• Pattison, Nell -The Silent House #1 Paige Northwood
• Pryce, Malcolm - The Corpse in the Garden of Perfect Brightness #2 Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective
• Raybourn, Deanna - A Murderous Relation #5 Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and butterfly hunter, Victorian London
• Ross, Jacob - Black Rain Falling #2 Michael (Digger) Digson, the Caribbean
• Seskis, Tina - Hope Close
• Sherratt, Mel - Liar Liar #3 DS Grace Allendale
• Skelton, Douglas - The Blood is Still #2 Rebecca Connolly
• Todd, Charles - A Divided Loyalty #22 Insp Rutledge
• Trow, M J - The Reckoning #11 Christopher Marlowe
• Wood, Michael - The Murder House #5 DCI Matilda Darke
• Wood, Trevor - The Man on the Street #1 Jimmy Mullen, Newcastle
• Yi, A - Two Lives: Tales of Life, Love and Crime
• Zulczyk, Jakub - Blinded by the Lights

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cover Theme - Snowy Roads

With the welcome news of a new 'Vera' from Ann Cleeves in September, the cover is the latest in some very attractive "snowy roads" covers...



Though I prefer the HB cover:

Friday, February 07, 2020

New Releases - February 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in February 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). February and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Beaton, M C - Death of a Love #35 PC Hamish Macbeth, Lochdubh, Scotland (I'm not sure if/when this will come out due to the author's recent death)
• Beevis, Keri - M for Murder
• Belsham, Alison - Her Last Breath #2 DI Francis Sullivan & tattoo artist Marni Mullins, Brighton
• Bengtsdotter, Lina - For the Dead #2 Detective Charlie Lager
• Brett, Simon - The Clutter Corpse #1 Ellen Curtis, Declutterer
• Brolly, Matt - The Crossing #1 Detective Louise Blackwell
• Carlotto, Massimo - Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores #9 Alligator, PI, Padova, Italy
• Clare, Alys - The Indigo Ghosts #3 Gabriel Taverner, Former ship's surgeon, C17 Devon
• Clark, Cassandra - The Hour of the Fox #1 Brother Chandler, 1399
• Coates, Anne - Perdition's Child #4 Hannah Weybridge, Journalist
• Dhand, A A - Darkness Rising (Quick Reads) #1 Detective Harry Virdee Novella
• Dolan, Eva - Between Two Evils #5 DI Zigic and DS Ferreira, Peterborough
• Donohue, Rachel - The Temple House Vanishing
• Elgar, Emily - Grace is Gone
• Ellis, Kate - The Burial Circle #24 Wesley Peterson (policeman) and Neil Watson (archaeologist), Tradmouth, Devon
• Ellwood, Nuala - The House on the Lake
• Ewan, Chris - M A Window Breaks (as C M Ewan)
• Ewart, Andrew - Forget Me
• Finch, Charles - The Last Passenger #3 Charles Lenox (prequel)
• Foley, Lucy - The Guest List
• Griffiths, Elly - The Lantern Men #12 Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist and DCI Harry Nelson
• Hammersley, Heleyne - Reunion #4 DI Kate Fletcher
• Hill, Suzette A - Deadly Primrose #2 Primrose Oughterard
• Ho-Kei, Chan - Second Sister
• Horst, Jorn Lier & Enger, Thomas - Death Deserved #1 Alexander Blix
• Hunt, Arlene - No Escape
• Hurley, Graham - Off Script #3 Enora Andresson
• Jeffrey, Diane - Those Who Lie
• Kelly, Jim - The Night Raids #3 Nighthawk series, Cambridge, 1939
• Keogh, Valerie - The Three Women
• Laws, Peter - Possessed #4 Professor Matt Hunter
• Lloyd, Sam - The Memory Wood
• Mace, Lorraine - Rage and Retribution #4 DI Sterling
• MacNeal, Susan Elia - The King's Justice #9 Maggie Hope
• Mara, Andrea - The Sleeper Lies
• Martin, Nicola - Dead Ringer
• Masterton, Graham - The Last Drop of Blood #11 Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire, Ireland
• Maxwell, Alyssa - A Silent Stabbing #5 Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery
• Mayhew, Margaret - The Lifeline #4 The Colonel, Frog's End, Dorset
• Miller, A D - Independence Square
• Mitchell, Dreda Say - Trap Door
• Morgan-Bentley, Robin - The Wreckage
• Muir, T F - Dead Still #9 DI Andy Gilchrist & team, St. Andrews
• Odden, Karen - A Trace of Deceit #2 Victorian Mystery
• O'Donovan, Gerard - The Doom List #2 Tom Collins, 1920s Hollywood
• Oswald, James - Bury Them Deep #10 Detective Inspector McLean, Edinburgh
• Quintana, Jenny - Our Dark Secret
• Ramsay, Caro - The Red, Red Snow #11 DCI McAlpine, DS Anderson and DS Costello, Glasgow
• Rose, Jacqui - Poison
• Saxon, Diane - Copycat
• Shemilt, Jane Little Friends
• Shindler, Will - The Burning Men #1 DI Alex Finn & DC Mattie Paulsen, London
• Skuse, C J - The Alibi Girl
• Smith, Anna - End Game #3 Kerry Casey, Glasgow
• Thomas, Russ - Firewatching #1 Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, South Yorkshire
• Wesolowski, Matt - Beast #4 Six Stories
• White, Nicola - A Famished Heart #2 Vincent Swan
• Wignall, Kevin - The Names of the Dead
• Wojtas, Olga - Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace #2 Miss Blaine's Prefect
• Wolf, Klaus-Peter - The Oath

Monday, January 20, 2020

Award News: Petrona Award Entries 2020

I am pleased to announce that all the 37 titles that were eligible for the 2020 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year have been entered by the publishers.

The winner of the Award will be announced at CrimeFest in June.

The rules for eligibility are:
  • The submission must be in translation and published in English in the UK during the preceding calendar year ie 1 January – 31 December 2019.
  • The author of the submission must either be born in Scandinavia* or the submission must be set in Scandinavia*.
  • The submission must have been published in its original language after 1999.
(E-books that meet the above criteria may be considered at the judges’ discretion (does not include self-published titles))
*in this instance taken to be Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

More details about the award and the history behind it can be found on the Petrona Award website. The winner of the 2019 Award was The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst, translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce and published by Michael Joseph.

The award is sponsored by David Hicks.

Entries (ie published in 2019)

[13 titles are by Female authors, 24 by Male. There are 24 translators (13 Female (23 titles) and 11 Male (14 titles)) and 6 countries are represented.]

I have tagged these titles on Goodreads.

Jussi Adler-Olsen - The Washington Decree tr. Steve Schein (M, Denmark) Quercus
Stefan Ahnhem - Motive X tr. Agnes Broomé (M, Sweden) Head of Zeus
Heine Bakkeid - I Will Miss You Tomorrow tr. Anne Bruce (M, Norway) Raven Books
Mattias Berg - The Carrier tr. George Goulding (M, Sweden) MacLehose Press
Samuel Bjork - The Boy in the Headlights tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Norway) Doubleday

Arne Dahl - Hunted tr. Neil Smith (M, Sweden) Harvill Secker
Kjell Ola Dahl - The Courier tr. Don Bartlett (M, Norway) Orenda Books

M T Edvardsson - A Nearly Normal Family tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles (M, Sweden) Pan Macmillan
Thomas Enger - Inborn tr. Kari Dickson (M, Norway) Orenda Books

Agnete Friis - The Summer of Ellen tr. Sinead Quirke Kongerskov (F, Denmark)Soho Press

Camilla Grebe - After She's Gone tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (F, Sweden) Zaffre
Johana Gustawsson - Blood Song tr. David Warriner (F, France) Orenda Books

Anne Holt - A Grave for Two tr. Anne Bruce (F, Norway) Corvus
Jørn Lier Horst - The Cabin tr. Anne Bruce (M, Norway) Anne Bruce

Stina Jackson - The Silver Road tr. Susan Beard (F, Sweden) Corvus
Ragnar Jonasson - The Island tr. Victoria Cribb (M, Iceland) Penguin

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice tr. George Goulding (M, Sweden) MacLehose Press
Leena Lehtolainen - Where Have All the Young Girls Gone tr. Owen F Witesman (F, Finland) AmazonCrossing
Mariette Lindstein - The Cult on Fog Island tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles (F, Sweden) HQ

Stefan Malmström - Kult tr. Suzanne Martin Cheadle (M, Sweden) Silvertail Books
Niklas Natt och Dag - The Wolf and the Watchman tr. Ebba Segerberg (M, Sweden) John Murray
Jo Nesbo - Knife tr. Neil Smith (M, Norway) Harvill Secker
Mads Peder Nordbo - The Girl Without Skin tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Denmark) Text Publishing
Mads Peder Nordbo - Cold Fear tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Denmark) Text Publishing
Andreas Norman - The Silent War tr. Ian Giles (M, Sweden) riverrun

Kristina Ohlsson - The Flood tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) Simon & Schuster
Martin Osterdahl - Ten Swedes Must Die tr. Peter Sean Woltemade (M, Sweden) AmazonCrossing

Roslund & Hellstrom - Three Hours tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (M, Sweden) riverrun

Lilja Sigurdardottir - Cage tr. Quentin Bates (F, Iceland) Orenda Books
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Absolution tr. Victoria Cribb (F, Iceland) Hodder & Stoughton
Gunnar Staalesen - Wolves at the Door tr. Don Bartlett (M, Norway) Orenda Books
Viveca Sten - In the Shadow of Power tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) AmazonCrossing
Soren Sveistrup - The Chestnut Man tr. Caroline Waight (M, Denmark) Michael Joseph

Antti Tuomainen - Little Siberia tr. David Hackston (M, Finland) Orenda Books
Helene Tursten - Hunting Game tr. Paul Norlen (F, Sweden) Soho Press
Helene Tursten - Winter Grave tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) Soho Press

Joakim Zander - The Friend tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (M, Sweden) Head of Zeus


Monday, January 13, 2020

New Releases - January 2020

And we're back. Please see previous post for reasons why things have been quiet around here. Thank you for the many kind messages and continuing to visit Euro Crime. Let's hope for a better year in 2020!

Here's the latest in my regular feature, of monthly releases. It looks like a bumper month.
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Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in January 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). January and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Abbott, Rachel - Right Behind You #9 DI Tom Douglas
• Adams, Jane - The Good Wife #5 Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone, 1928
• Airth, Rennie - Cold Kill
• Airth, Rennie - The Decent Inn of Death #6 John Madden, Scotland Yard Policeman, Southern Counties, early 20th Century
• Alderson, Sarah - In Her Eyes
• Alexander, Tasha - In the Shadow of Vesuvius #14 Lady Emily
• Bayard, Tania - In the Company of Fools #3 Christine De Pizan Mystery
• Beevis, Keri - Deep Dark Secrets
• Black, Benjamin - The Secret Guests (as B W Black)
• Black, P R - The Beach House
• Blake, Sam - Keep Your Eyes on Me
• Bridgestock, R C - Payback #1 DI Charley Mann, Yorkshire
• Brittany, Amanda - Traces of Her
• Brooke, Amanda - The Widows' Club
• Bryndza, Robert - Nine Elms #1 Kate Marshall
• Buckley, Fiona - The Scent of Danger #18 Ursula Blanchard, an Elizabethan lady
• Bugler, Sheila - I Could Be You #1 Dee Doran, ex Journalist
• Burrows, Nathan - Finding Milly
• Carpenter, Elisabeth - The Woman Downstairs
• Carson, John - Dead Before You Die #3 DCI Harry McNeil
• Carter, J P - Little Boy Lost #3 DCI Anna Tate
• Castle, A M - The Perfect Widow
• Caves, S B - A Killer Came Knocking
• Chambers, Kimberley - Queenie
• Chase, Clare - Mystery on Hidden Lane #1 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
• Clements, Rory - Hitler's Secret #4 Thomas Wilde, 1930s
• Comley, M A & Farrar, M K - Down to Sleep #2 Crime After Crime
• Curtis, Gayle - I Choose You
• Diamond, Katerina - Woman in the Water #6 DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles
• Douglas-Home, Mark - The Driftwood Girls #4 Cal McGill, Oceanographer
• Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the Manchester Museum #4 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
• Engberg, Katrine - The Tenant
• Frost, Abbie - The Guesthouse
• Grant, Andrew - Too Close to Home #2 Paul McGrath
• Hamdy, Adam - Black 13 #1 Scott Pearce
• Hannah, Sophie - Haven't They Grown
• Herron, Mick - The Catch #2 Slough House Novella
• Holton, Noelle - Dead Wrong #2 DC Maggie Jamieson
• Hunter, Cara - All the Rage #4 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• James, Alison - The Man She Married
• James, Ed - Tell Me Lies #1 Detective Max Carter
• Johnstone, Doug - A Dark Matter #1 Skelfs family
• Kara, Lesley - Who Did You Tell?
• Keane, Jessie - The Knock
• Kelleher, Casey - Mine
• Leather, Stephen - The Runner
• Lee, Lynne - Can You See Me?
• Linskey, Howard - Alice Teale is Missing
• Lloyd, Catherine - Death Comes to the Nursery #7 Kurland St. Mary Mysteries
• Louth, Nick - The Body in the Snow #4 DCI Craig Gillard
• Lupton, Rosamund - Three Hours
• MacDonald, C C - Happy Ever After
• May, Peter - A Silent Death
• Michaels, Sam - Rivals #2 Georgina Garrett
• Mitchell, Caroline - The Perfect Mother
• Monroe, J S - The Other You
• Mundy, Elizabeth - A Messy Affair #3 Lena Szarka, Hungarian cleaner, London
• Oldham, Nick - Wildfire #24 DCI Christie
• Onda, Riku - The Aosawa Murders
• Paris, B A - The Dilemma
• Reid, Rebecca - Truth Hurts
• Riches, Marnie - Backlash
• Rogers, Gemma - Payback
• Rowland, Laura Joh - The Woman in the Veil #4 Miss Sarah Bain, Victorian Era
• Sanderson, Lesley - The Leaving Party
• Savage, Vanessa - The Woods
• Scanlon, Michael - Her Last Goodnight #3 Detective Finnegan Beck
• Scragg, Robert - All That is Buried #3 Porter & Styles, Police Officers
• Sedgwick, Helen - When the Dead Come Calling #1 Burrowhead Mystery
• Seymour, Gerald - Beyond Recall
• Sinclair, Rob - The Rules of Murder #2 DI Dani Stephens
• Spain, Jo - Six Wicked Reasons
• Speechley, Ruby - Someone Else's Baby
• Stanley, Michael - Facets of Death #7 Detective Kubu, Botswana
• Steadman, Catherine - Mr Nobody
• Stein, Jesper - Die For Me #2 Axel Steen
• Teague, Paul J - Truth Be Told #3 Morecambe Bay Trilogy
• Tudor, C J - The Other People
• Warner, H C - She
• Watts, Kerry - Her Secret Past #3 Detective Jessie Blake
• Weatherley, Anna-Lou - The Stranger's Wife
• Young, David - Stasi Winter #5 Oberleutnant Karin Müller