Monday, August 31, 2020

New Releases - August 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in paperback or hardback, in August 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). Apologies for the continuing delay with these posts.

If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. There's been a lot of moving of dates.
Anthology - Vintage Crime (ed. Martin Edwards)
Stefan Ahnhem - X Ways to Die #5 Fabian Risk
Lin Anderson - The Innocent Dead #16 Rhona MacLeod, forensic scientist, Glasgow
Jennifer Ashley - Murder in the East End #4 Kat Holloway, Victorian Era
Claire Askew - Cover Your Tracks #3 DI Helen Birch
Kerry Barnes - Voice Of Reason
James Brabazon - Arkhangel #2 Max McLean
Graham Brack - Untrue Till Death #2 Master Mercurius
Lisa Bradley - Paper Dolls
Ros Carne - The Pupil
Will Carver - Hinton Hollow Death Trip #3 DS Pace
John Connolly - The Dirty South #18 Charlie Parker, PI, Maine
J M Dalgliesh - Kill Our Sins #3 Tom Janssen
Louisa de Lange - Nowhere to be Found # 2 DS Kate Munro
Oscar de Muriel - The Dance of the Serpents #6 Frey & McGray, Edinburgh, 1880s
Gary Donnelly - Killing in Your Name #2 DI Owen Sheen, Northern Ireland
Claire Douglas - Just Like the Other Girls
Jim Eldridge - Murder at the Natural History Museum #5 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
T P Fielden - Stealing the Crown #1 Guy Harford
Paul Finch - One Eye Open
Helen FitzGerald - Ash Mountain
Ann Marti Friedman - A Fine Tapestry of Murder
Paul Gitsham - A Price to Pay #7 DCI Warren Jones
Susanna Gregory - The Clerkenwell Affair #14 Thomas Chaloner, Restoration London
Araminta Hall - Imperfect Women
Sophie Hannah - The Killings at Kingfisher Hill #4 Hercule Poirot
Carol Hedges - Fame & Fortune #8 Victorian Detectives
Mandasue Heller - Witness
Antonia Hodgson - The Silver Collar #4 Tom Hawkins, London, 1727
Anthony Horowitz - Moonflower Murders #2 Susan Ryland
Catherine Ryan Howard - The Nothing Man
Naomi Joy - Do Her No Harm
Christobel Kent - The Viper #6 Sandro Cellini, ex-cop and private detective, Florence
Vaseem Khan - Midnight at Malabar House #1 Inspector Persis Wadia
Erin Kinsley - Innocent
JD Kirk - The Big Man Upstairs #7 DCI Logan
Lynda La Plante - Blunt Force #6 WPC Tennison
Simon Lelic - The Search Party
Simon Mayo - Knife Edge
Val McDermid - Still Life #6 Karen Pirie
Chris Merritt - Who's Next? #2 Detectives Lockhart and Green
Denise Mina - The Less Dead
Richard Osman - The Thursday Murder Club
Ben Pastor - The Night of Shooting Stars #7 Wehrmacht Captain Martin Bora, 1939
Alex Pavesi - Eight Detectives
C S Quinn - The Scarlet Code #2 Attica Morgan, English Spy, French Revoultion
Kate Riordan - The Heatwave
Jacqui Rose - Rival
Kate Simants - A Ruined Girl
Sally Spedding - Blood At Beltane #3 Delphine Rougier
A D Swanston - Chaos #2 Dr Christopher Radcliff, Elizabethan Era
Ilaria Tuti - Painted in Blood #2 Teresa Battaglia
Harriet Tyce - The Lies You Told
Paul Walker - The Queen's Devil #3 William Constable, C16
Rhiannon Ward - The Quickening
S J Watson - Final Cut
Andrew Wilson - I Saw Him Die #4 Agatha Christie

Friday, August 28, 2020

New Releases - July 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in paperback or hardback, in July 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). Apologies for the continuing delay with these posts.

If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. There's been a lot of moving of dates.
Sarah Alderson - The Weekend Away
Ingrid Alexandra - Across the Water
Rachel Amphlett - Turn to Dust #9 Detective Kay Hunter
Ross Armstrong - The Falling Men
Andrew Barrettt - This Side of Death #6 CSI Eddie Collins
B Baskerville - Roll The Dice # 3 DCI Erica Cooper
Mark Billingham - Cry Baby #17 DI Tom Thorne, London
Rebecca Bradley - Perfect Murder
Rebecca Bradley - Kill For Me #5 DI Hannah Robbins
Rebecca Bradley - A Deeper Song #6 DI Hannah Robbins
David Bradwell - The Blood Of Angels #1 Clare Woodbrook
J C Briggs - The Redemption Murders #6 Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones
Matt Brolly - The Descent #2 Detective Louise Blackwell
Michel Bussi - Never Forget
John Carson - Devil to Pay #6 DCI Harry McNeil
Chris Carter - Written in Blood #11 Homicide Detective Robert Hunter, LA
Karen Cole - Deny Me
Adam Croft - What Lies Beneath #1 Rutland crime series
Morgan Cry - Thirty-One Bones
P C Doherty - Hymn to Murder #21 Hugh Corbett
Sabine Durrant - Finders, Keepers
T W Ellis - A Knock at the Door
M J Ford - Watch Over You #3 DS Josie Masters
Christopher Fowler - Bryant & May - Oranges and Lemons #17 Inspectors Bryant and May, London
Michelle Frances - Sisters
Caz Frear - Shed No Tears #3 DC Cat Kinsella, London
Dianne Freeman - A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder #3 Countess of Harleigh, Victorian England
Charlie Gallagher - The Deadly Houses #6 Detective Maddie Ives
D J Gatwood - Grimm Up North #1 DCI Harry Grimm
David Gilman - The Englishman
G R Halliday - Dark Waters #2 DI Monica Kennedy, Inverness
David Jackson - The Resident
Ed James -Flesh and Blood #2 DS Vicky Dodds
P D James - The Part-Time Job (Novella)
Peter James - Find Them Dead #16 Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, Brighton
Amanda Jennings - The Storm
Olivia Kiernan - If Looks Could Kill #3 DCS Frankie Sheehan
Dorothy Koomson - All My Lies Are True #2 The Ice Cream Girls
Stephen Leather - Slow Burn #17 Dan Shepherd, SAS trooper turned undercover cop
M J Lee - Where the Innocent Die #4 DI Ridpath
Charlotte Levin - If I Can't Have You
Peter Lovesey - The Finisher #19 Peter Diamond, Bath
Shona MacLean - The House of Lamentations #5 Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector, 1654
Gillian McAllister - How to Disappear
Simon McCleave - The Berwyn River Killings #5 DI Ruth Hunter
Louise McCreesh - Cracked
Andy McDermott - Operative 66
Kathleen McGurl - The Secret of the Chateau
Kate McQuaile - Broken Flowers
G J Minett - The Syndicate
Caroline Mitchell - Left For Dead #3 Detective Amy Winter
Lottie Moggach - Brixton Hill
Catherine Moloney - Crime in the Ballroom #9 DI Gilbert Markham
Allison Montclair - A Royal Affair #2 Sparks and Bainbridge, London, Post WW2
Margaret Murphy - Before He Kills Again #1 DC Cassie Rowan, Liverpool
Barbara Nadel - A Time to Die #7 PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim. East End London
Chris Nickson - The Anchoress of Chesterfield #4 John the Carpenter, 1361
Alex North - The Shadow Friend
David Pearson - Lethal in Small Doses #4 The Dublin Homicides
Christoffer Petersen - The Bolivian Girl
Charlotte Philby - A Double Life
Brian L Porter - A Liverpool Lullaby #8 Mersey Murder Mysteries
Suzy K Quinn - Not My Daughter
Khurrum Rahman - Ride or Die #3 Jay Qasim
Rod Reynolds - Island of Secrets
Michael Robotham - When She Was Good #2 Cyrus Haven
Michael Russell - The City Under Siege #6 Garda Detective Stefan Gillespie
Leigh Russell - Deadly Revenge #14 DI Geraldine Steel
Eva García Sáenz - The Silence of the White City #1 Inspector Unai Lopez de Ayala
Nicholas Shakespeare - The Sandpit
William Shaw - Grave's End #3 DS Alexandra Cupidi
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Gallows Rock #4 Children's House series
Rob Sinclair - Imposter 13 #3 Sleeper 13 series
Alex Smith - Whip Crack #4 DCI Robert Kett, Norfolk
Cath Staincliffe - Quiet Acts of Violence
Lisa Stone - Taken
Linda Stratmann - His Father's Ghost #5 Mina Scarletti, Brighton, 1871
Oliver Tidy - The Harm Farm
Marion Todd - See Them Run #1 DI Clare Mackay
Marion Todd - In Plain Sight #2 DI Clare Mackay
Peter Tremayne - The Shapeshifter's Lair #29 Sister Fidelma
Camilla Trinchieri - Murder in Chianti #1 Nico Doyle, Chianti, Italy
Harriet Walker - The New Girl
Jemma Wayne - To Dare

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Royalty in crime (the Windsors)

I've written a couple of brief posts on The Queen's involvement in fictional crime and I've recently come across a couple more recent and upcoming crime and non-crime novels set in Royalty-land, two involving The Queen and Prince Philip.

This series by Allison Montclair, featuring Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge of The Right Sort Marriage Bureau, had completely passed me by but the second book A Royal Affair which has just been published (in the US), caught my eye:

Blurb from amazon:
In London 1946, The Right Sort Marriage Bureau is just beginning to take off and the proprietors, Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, are in need of a bigger office and a secretary to handle the growing demand. Unfortunately, they don't yet have the necessary means. So when a woman arrives - a cousin of Gwen's - with an interesting and quite remunerative proposition, they two of them are all ears. The cousin, one Lady Matheson, works for the Queen in 'some capacity' and is in need of some discreet investigation. It seems that the Princess Elizabeth has developed feelings for a dashing Greek prince and a blackmail note has arrived, alluding to some potentially damaging information about said prince. Wanting to keep this out of the palace gossip circles, but also needing to find out what skeletons might lurk in the prince's closet, the palace has quietly turned to Gwen and Iris. Without causing a stir, the two of them must now find out what secrets lurk in the prince's past, before his engagement to the future Queen of England is announced. And there's more at stake than the future of the Empire - there is their potential new office that lies in the balance.

Flora Harding's Before The Crown comes out in ebook next month and paperback in December. I received a review copy via Netgalley. It's not a crime novel but is an enjoyable, easy read fictionalising the courtship of Elizabeth and Philip. It's full of short chapters, initially alternating between the two leads and then stays with each character for a few chapters at a time when they are separated. It's the sort of book where you don't know how much is true so sends you scurrying off to google:

Blurb from amazon:
Before the crown there was a love story…
Windsor Castle, 1943

As war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before.

One of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, Philip represents everything she has always been taught to avoid. Instability. Audacity. Adventure.

But when the king learns of their relationship, the suitability of the foreign prince is questioned by all at court.

He is the risk she has never been allowed to take. The risk not even the shadow of the crown will stop her from taking…



Back to crime and earlier than the two novels above, is TP Fielden's Stealing the Crown, which was published this month:

Blurb from amazon:
Britain is at war—but the greatest threat to the Crown might be within the Palace walls.

London, 1941: Major Edgar Brampton is found shot dead in his office in Buckingham Palace. All signs point towards a self-inflicted tragedy, but when Palace authorities hurry his body away and order staff to stay silent, fellow courtier Guy Harford’s suspicions are raised.

While the outside world faces the onslaught of war, within the Palace walls a curious mystery unfolds. Rumours swirl about Brampton’s relationship with the Queen, and there’s talk of other plots involving those closest to the King.

To get to the bottom of what really happened, Guy joins forces with some unlikely allies—Rodie Carr, a beautiful East End burglar, and Rupert Hardacre, a postman with a past—but time may be running out…for him, for the King, and for Britain. Someone has their eye on the crown, and they’ll do anything to get it.

Can Guy solve the case before more blood is spilled on the royal carpets? Or will he be the next victim?

S J Bennett's The Windsor Knot, which I mentioned in an earlier post, now has cover, blurb and release date of 29 October 2020.

Blurb from amazon:
On a perfect Spring morning at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II will enjoy a cup of tea, carry out all her royal duties . . . and solve a murder.

The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck.

When the police begin to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place.

For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes.

With her household's happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?

Miss Marple meets The Crown in The Windsor Knot, the first book in the 'Her Majesty The Queen Investigates' mystery series by SJ Bennett - for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin.

Monday, August 10, 2020

CWA Daggers 2020 - Shortlists

Here is the press release announcing the CWA Dagger 2020 Shortlists. The winners will be announced on 22 October.


CWA DAGGERS 2020 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED


The 2020 shortlists for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime writing genre, have been announced.

The world-famous Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.

Mick Herron’s Joe Country, Claire Askew’s What You Pay For and Lou Berney’s November Road are all in contention for the CWA Gold Dagger, awarded to the best crime novel. November Road is also on the shortlist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller, up against One Way Out by AA Dhand, Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan and the Richard and Judy pick The Whisper Man by Alex North.

Linda Stratmann, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, said: “As the CWA Daggers are unmatched for their reputation and longevity, these shortlists offer a showcase of the finest writing in crime fiction and non-fiction. They reveal the remarkable variety and huge relevance of the genre, which continues to dominate book sales and to shape our cultural landscape.”

The much-anticipated John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger highlights the best debut novels. Among the six shortlisted debuts are Little White Lies by Philippa East, acclaimed as ‘unputdownable’, and Trevor Wood, who served in the Royal Navy for 16 years, makes the list with The Man on the Street, featuring a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, dubbed by Lee Child as ‘an instant classic’.

Abir Mukherjee’s Death in the East is not only shortlisted for the Gold Dagger but also the Sapere Books Historical Dagger. He contends with Metropolis, completed just before Philip Kerr’s untimely death and SG Maclean, who won the Dagger last year for Destroying Angel; she returns with The Bear Pit.

The Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger shortlist features Finland’s acclaimed and award-winning writer, Antti Tuomainen, with Little Siberia translated by David Hackston. The king of Helsinki noir is up against Marion Brunet, the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature policière in 2018, whose novel Summer of Reckoning is translated by Katherine Gregor.

The CWA Daggers are one of the few high-profile awards that honour the short story.

Syd Moore, who was shortlisted in the category in 2019, returns with her short story ‘Easily Made’ in 12 Strange Days of Christmas. Paul Finch, a former cop and journalist turned bestselling crime writer, sees his short story ‘The New Lad’ (published in the anthology Exit Wounds) make the shortlist. They are up against established authors including Christopher Fowler, author of over fifty novels and short-story collections, and the blockbuster American mystery writer Jeffery Deaver, who won the Short Story Dagger in 2004.

The shortlist for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction includes Casey Cep, a staff writer at the New York Times whose first book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, has received acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Also on the shortlist is Caroline Goode for Honour: Achieving Justice for Banaz Mahmod. It’s the heart-breaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man, adapted for TV starring Keeley Hawes as Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode.

The Dagger in the Library is voted on exclusively by librarians, chosen for the author’s body of work and support of libraries. This year’s shortlisted nominees are Christopher Brookmyre, Jane Casey, Alex Gray and Quintin Jardine.

One of the anticipated highlights of the awards is the Debut Dagger competition, open to unknown and uncontracted writers. Settings for the shortlisted novels are varied and range from modern-day America, rural Australia, an organic farm near Bern, 2011 Cuba, a contemporary offshore oil platform and sixteenth century Orkney.

This year also features the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year Dagger, launched in 2019, which celebrates publishers and imprints demonstrating excellence and diversity in crime writing.

The winners of the 2020 Daggers will be announced at an awards ceremony, due to take place on 22 October.

The Shortlists in Full:

GOLD DAGGER

Claire Askew: What You Pay For (Hodder & Stoughton)

Lou Berney: November Road (Harper Fiction)

John Fairfax: Forced Confessions (Little, Brown)

Mick Herron: Joe Country (John Murray)

Abir Mukherjee: Death in the East (Harvill Secker)

Michael Robotham: Good Girl, Bad Girl (Sphere)


IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER

Lou Berney: November Road (Harper Fiction)

Tom Chatfield: This is Gomorrah (Hodder & Stoughton)

AA Dhand: One Way Out (Bantam Press)

Eva Dolan: Between Two Evils (Raven Books)

David Koepp: Cold Storage (HQ)

Alex North: The Whisper Man (Michael Joseph)


JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER

Steph Cha: Your House Will Pay (Faber & Faber)

Samantha Downing: My Lovely Wife (Michael Joseph)

Philippa East: Little White Lies (HQ)

Robin Morgan-Bentley: The Wreckage (Trapeze)

Trevor Wood: The Man on the Street (Quercus Fiction)


SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER

Alis Hawkins: In Two Minds (The Dome Press)

Philip Kerr: Metropolis (Quercus Fiction)

SG MacLean: The Bear Pit (Quercus Fiction)

Abir Mukherjee: Death in the East (Harvill Secker)

Alex Reeve: The Anarchists’ Club (Raven Books)

Ovidia Yu: The Paper Bark Tree Mystery (Constable)


CRIME FICTION IN TRANSLATION DAGGER

Marion Brunet: Summer of Reckoning, translated by Katherine Gregor (Bitter Lemon Press)

Hannelore Cayre: The Godmother, translated by Stephanie Smee (Old Street Publishing)

K Ferrari: Like Flies from Afar, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Canongate Books)

Jorge Galán: November, translated by Jason Wilson (Constable)

Sergio Olguín: The Fragility of Bodies, translated by Miranda France (Bitter Lemon Press)

Antti Tuomainen: Little Siberia, translated by David Hackston (Orenda Books)


SHORT STORY DAGGER

Jeffery Deaver: The Bully in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Paul Finch: The New Lad in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Christopher Fowler: The Washing in Invisible Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan Books)

Lauren Henderson: #Me Too in Invisible Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan Books)

Louise Jensen: The Recipe in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Syd Moore: Easily Made in 12 Strange Days of Christmas (Point Blank Press)


ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

Casey Cep: Furious Hours (William Heinemann)

Peter Everett: Corrupt Bodies (Icon Books)

Caroline Goode: Honour: Achieving Justice for Banaz Mahmod (Oneworld Publications)

Sean O’Connor: The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury (Simon & Schuster)

Adam Sisman: The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking (Profile Books)

Susannah Stapleton: The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective (Picador)


DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

Christopher Brookmyre

Jane Casey

Alex Gray

Quintin Jardine


DEBUT DAGGER

Anna Caig: The Spae-Wife

Leanne Fry: Whipstick

Kim Hays: Pesticide

Nicholas Morrish: Emergency Drill

Josephine Moulds: Revolution Never Lies

Michael Munro: Bitter Lake


PUBLISHERS’ DAGGER

Bitter Lemon Press

Harvill Secker

Head of Zeus

HQ

Michael Joseph

Orenda

Raven Books

Severn House

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Golden Age authors & characters living on

I recently posted this brief article about follow-ups to the Queens of Crime, written by modern authors, on my library's Facebook page:




Fans of the Golden Age queens of crime: Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L Sayers, Margery Allingham and Josephine Tey may like to know that their characters and indeed lives carry on in a number of recent books.

Agatha Christie’s infamous 11 day disappearance in 1926 when she absconded to Harrogate has never been officially explained and she does not refer to it in her autobiography. Was it illness after the death of her mother or revenge on her philandering husband that prompted her flight? Or was it due to aliens as postulated by the Doctor Who episode, The Unicorn and the Wasp (available on iPlayer)? The Channel 5 film, Agatha & The Truth of Murder, now available on Netflix, also looks at this event. In books, rather than television, we have Andrew Wilson’s crime series featuring Agatha as the main character which begins with A TALENT FOR MURDER and has another and more sinister take on her disappearance.

If you can’t get enough of Christie’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, then you’ll be pleased to know that Sophie Hannah has brought him back to life in a series of books beginning with THE MONOGRAM MURDERS.

Ngaio Marsh’s debonair sleuth Roderick Alleyn returns for one last case in THE MONEY IN THE MORGUE a novel begun and abandoned by Marsh, but now completed by Stella Duffy.

Jill Paton Walsh took up the Lord Peter Wimsey mantle back in 1998 when she was invited to complete Dorothy L Sayers’s THRONES, DOMINATIONS. She has written another Wimsey book based on clues left by Sayers, plus two more from her own ideas.

Margery Allingham is probably best known for her Albert Campion series, televised in 1989/90 starring Peter Davison. Her husband, Pip Youngman Carter, continued the Campion series with two book and an unfinished one which has recently been completed by Mike Ripley as MR CAMPION’S FAREWELL. Ripley has gone on to write six more original Campion novels.

And finally Josephine Tey stars in a series of crime novels by Nicola Upson. As Gordon Daviot, Tey (real name Elizabeth MacKintosh), wrote plays including the hit ‘Richard of Bordeaux’ which starred John Gielgud. And it is this play which forms the backdrop to the first book in Upson’s series, AN EXPERT IN MURDER. In a later book in the series, FEAR IN THE SUNLIGHT, Tey is mixing with the Hitchcocks at Portmeirion.


Friday, July 24, 2020

2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year - Winner

Congratulations to Adrian McKinty for winning the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for The Chain.

The books shortlisted were:

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Worst Case Scenario by Helen FitzGerald
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Joe Country by Mick Herron
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

Read more about his win at the Theakston Website.


Blurb from Amazon:

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM'S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

CrimeFest Awards 2020 - Winners

From the CrimeFest newsletter, the winners of this year's Awards are as follows (Shortlists are here):


Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award
- Laura Shepherd-Robinson for Blood & Sugar (Mantle)

With thanks to convention and award sponsor Specsavers. Courtesy of the sponsor, the winner also receives £1,000.


Audible Sounds of Crime Award
for Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook
- Lee Child for Blue Moon, read by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)
With thanks to award sponsor Audible UK. Courtesy of the sponsor, the winners share £1,000.

eDunnit Award
for Best Crime eBook
- Holly Watt for To The Lions (Raven Books)

H.R.F. Keating Award
for Best Biography or Non-Fiction Book related to Crime Fiction
- John Curran for The Hooded Gunman (HarperCollins Crime Club)


Last Laugh Award
for Best Humorous Crime Novel
- Helen FitzGerald for Worst Case Scenario (Orenda Books)

CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Children (ages 8-12)
- Thomas Taylor for Malamander (Walker Books)


CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (ages 12-16)
- Kathryn Evans for Beauty Sleep (Usborne Publishing)


All the winners received a Bristol Blue Glass Award and will be offered complimentary attendance and panel appearances at CRIMEFEST 2021.

Huge congratulations to all!

Monday, July 06, 2020

Review: Death in Fancy Dress by Anthony Gilbert

I recently posted my review of DEATH IN FANCY DRESS by Anthony Gilbert on my library's Facebook page:

DEATH IN FANCY DRESS was first published in 1933 and is one of the latest ‘golden era’ crime novels to be reissued by British Library Publishing and comes with an introduction by Martin Edwards and two short stories from 1939 featuring an Inspector Field.

The main story is a non-series novel narrated by one Tony Keith, a lawyer, who along with his carefree adventuring friend Jeremy - is summoned first to the Secret Service and then to Tony’s old Manor house home to track down the mastermind behind a blackmail ring which has resulted in many deaths. Jeremy is all set on marrying the daughter of the house but trickily she is already engaged to their secret service contact and it’s not long before she has announced her intention of marrying a third party, a dastardly cousin who seems to have got away with murder in the past.

The suspense builds as many people announce that she will not marry her cousin and of course the title comes true, a body is discovered after the fancy dress party…

With the party not taking part until towards the end of the book there is little sleuthing done by our two young men at first and chance plays a hand in revealing a vital clue. Tony, however, makes for an amusing narrator and the resolution is satisfying and one that makes you revisit earlier events in your mind. Despite being written by a woman – real name Lucy Malleson – women don’t come out of this too well and there are some outdated attitudes of the time to contend with. Nonetheless this is an enjoyable classic country house mystery.

As well as, as Anthony Gilbert, the author also wrote as Anne Meredith and her ‘Portrait of a Murder’ has also been published by the British Library.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Website Updates: June 2020

I've recently updated the main files on the Euro Crime website. "Euro Crime" includes both British and other European crime fiction writers (that have been published in English); non-British/European born crime writers who are strongly associated with British/European crime fiction (eg. Donna Leon), and crime writers in translation from outside of Europe.

Please note that due to a Windows 10 reinstallation and associated issues(!) I am currently unable to generate new website files from my master database, so these uploads are from my last set of files ie 4 June 2020. Hence the new releases page has fewer titles for June than my earlier post of June releases. I will continue to post the monthly lists on this blog and hope for a quick resolution to my IT woes!

My usual reminders regarding the New Releases page:

1. The main by month/by author pages refer to when a book is published (in English) anywhere in the world however the 'by category ie historical, translated etc' is specific to when it's published in the UK.

2. When a book is released "early" in ebook I am taking the publication date as to be when the print edition comes out (this is the rule we use for determining Petrona Award eligibility).

As always, if you spot something wrong or missing, please do let me know.

Here's a summary of the usual updates:

The Author Websites page now lists 1087 sites.

In Bibliographies there are now bibliographies for 2824 authors (14410 titles of which 3109 are reviewed**).
**Some reviews will be provided by the Crime Review website. (Separate post to follow with more information).

I've added new bibliographies for: Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Edoardo Albinati, Maria Adolfsson, Guillermo Arriaga, Heine Bakkeid, Marco Balzano, Hazel Barkworth, Enzo Bartoli, Vicki Bradley, Vivien Brown, Marion Brunet, J P Carter, HS Chandler, Jane Cockram, Caroline Corcoran, Merilyn Davies, Leona Deakin, Rachel Donohue, Victoria Dowd, Jessica Eames, Bella Ellis, Katrine Engberg, Andrew Ewart, K Ferrari, Caz Finlay, David Foenkinos, Fiona Gartland, Claire Gradidge, Michael Grant, S M Hardy, Alexander Hartung, A S Hatch, Romy Hausmann, M K Hill, Noelle Holton, Thomas Horst, Jorn Lier & Enger Diane Jeffrey, Anna Johannsen, Imogen Kealey, Sarah Linley, Chris Lloyd, Sam Lloyd, Gytha Lodge, Stefan Malmström, Ruth Mancini, Nicola Martin, Maria Luisa Minarelli, Hugh Montgomery, Jessica Moor, Robin Morgan-Bentley, Riku Onda, Stephen O'Rourke, Daisy Pearce, Anne Penketh, Mercedes Pinto Maldonado, Hye-young Pyun, Nicola Rayner, Hannah Reed, Marit Reiersgaard, Gemma Rogers, Vanessa Savage, Katharine Schellman, Lars Schutz, Helen Sedgwick, Max Seeck, Mi-ae Seo, Adania Shibli, Will Shindler, Maryla Szymiczkowa, Russ Thomas, James von Leyden, H C Warner, Daisy Waugh, Kate Weinberg, S R White, Olga Wojtas, Klaus-Peter Wolf and Suzanne M Wolfe.


I've updated the bibliographies (ie added new titles) for: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jane Adams, Stefan Ahnhem, Rennie Airth, Boris Akunin, Tasha Alexander, Hania Allen, Lin Anderson, M J Arlidge, Ross Armstrong, Claire Askew, Stephanie Austin, Jackie Baldwin, Jean-Luc Bannalec, Jo Bannister, Quentin Bates, M C Beaton, Simon Beckett, Connie Berry, Parker Bilal, Mark Billingham, Michelle Birkby, Benjamin Black, Cara Black, Helen Black, Saul Black, Jenny Blackhurst, Sara Blaedel, Sam Blake, Robin Blake, Rachael Blok, Hilary Bonner, Stephen Booth, Sam Bourne, Tom Bradby, Harry Brett, Simon Brett, Dougie Brimson, Neil Broadfoot, Steph Broadribb, Frances Brody, Simone Buchholz, Fiona Buckley, Sheila Bugler, Michel Bussi, Massimo Carlotto, Donato Carrisi, Will Carver, Jane Casey, Kimberley Chambers, Julia Chapman, Paul Charles, Clare Chase, Lee Child, Alys Clare, Cassandra Clark, Ann Cleeves, Rory Clements, Anne Coates, Tammy Cohen, Martina Cole, C J Cooke, Jane Corry, Mike/M W Craven, Elle Croft, Deborah Crombie, A J Cross, Judith Cutler, K O/Kjell Ola Dahl, Nadia Dalbuono, Paula Daly, Martin Davies, Michelle Davies, Lindsey Davis, Sandrone Dazieri, Louisa de Lange, Will Dean, A A Dhand, Katerina Diamond, Joël Dicker, P C/Paul Doherty, Louise Doughty, Claire Douglas, Mark Douglas-Home, Teresa Driscoll, Charlotte Duckworth, Martin Edwards, Jim Eldridge, Emily Elgar, Jessica Ellicott, Kate Ellis, Nuala Ellwood, Clare Empson, Caroline England, Kjell Eriksson, Fiona Erskine, John Fairfax, Alice Feeney, Jessica Fellowes, Charles Finch, Paul Finch, Mick Finlay, Rebecca Fleet, Christopher Fowler, Dick Francis, Guy Fraser-Sampson, Nicci French, Alan Furst, Mario Giordano, Andrew Grant, Alex Gray, Elly Griffiths, Emily Gunnis, Peter Guttridge, Tarquin Hall, M R/Matthew Hall, Abdelilah Hamdouchi, Adam Hamdy, Mari Hannah, Sophie Hannah, Zhou Haohui, C S Harris, Cora Harrison, Sarah Hawkswood, Sam Hayes, James Hazel, Veronica Heley, Kate Helm, Mick/M Herron, Susan Hill, Suzette A Hill, Matt Hilton, Chan Ho-Kei, Anne Holt, Anthony Horowitz, Jorn Lier Horst, Anna Lee Huber, Linda Huber, Arlene Hunt, Graham Hurley, Olivia Isaac-Henry, Katja Ivar, Jo Jakeman, Quintin Jardine, You-Jeong Jeong, Lisa Jewell, Doug Johnstone,, Serge Joncour, Philip Gwynne Jones, Lesley Kara, Emma Kavanagh, Jessie Keane, Jim Kelly, Tony Kent, Lars Kepler, Simon Kernick, T E Kinsey, Emily Koch, Roberta Kray, Volker Kutscher, Lynda La Plante, Camilla Lackberg, Peter Laws, John Lawton, Stephen Leather, Donna Leon, Howard Linskey, Catherine Lloyd, Rosamund Lupton, Rachel Lynch, Bonnie MacBird, Asia MacKay, Susan Elia MacNeal, Adrian Magson, Iain Maitland, Michael J Malone, Marco Malvaldi, David Mark, Alyssa Maxwell, Peter May, Margaret Mayhew, Val/V.L. McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Claire McGowan, Andy McNab, Ben McPherson, Catriona McPherson, A D Miller, Danny Miller, Caroline Mitchell, Dreda Say Mitchell, J S Monroe, Phoebe Morgan, Roger/R N Morris, Mandy Morton, Frank/T F Muir, Abir Mukherjee, Elizabeth Mundy, Barbara Nadel, Sarah J Naughton, Jo Nesbo, Hakan Nesser, Chris Nickson, John Niven, Dominic Nolan, Mads Peder Nordbo, Liz Nugent, Carlene O'Connor, Gerard O'Donovan, Nick Oldham, Darren O'Sullivan, B A Paris, Alan Parks, S J Parris, Ben Pastor, Vikki Patis, David Pearson, Andrea Penrose, Anne Perry, Chris Petit, Louise Phillips, Malcolm Pryce, D M Quincy, Jenny Quintana, Caro Ramsay, Deanna Raybourn, Sarah Rayne, Rebecca Reid, Kate Rhodes, Rachel Rhys, Marnie Riches, Mike Ripley, Peter Robinson, Jacqui Rose, Borge Roslund, Anders & Hellstrom, Jacob Ross, Laura Joh Rowland, Pauline Rowson, Priscilla Royal, Kate Saunders, Simon Scarrow, Robert Scragg, Joanne Sefton, EV Seymour, Gerald Seymour, Zoe Sharp, William Shaw, Sara Sheridan, Mel Sherratt, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, C J Skuse, Alexander McCall Smith, Anna Smith, Martin Cruz Smith, Jo Spain, Sally Spedding, Sally Spencer, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael Stanley, Katherine Stansfield, Mel/Melvin R Starr, Catherine Steadman, Jesper Stein, Susie Steiner, Viveca Sten, Karen Lee Street, Theresa Talbot, Emma Tallon, Andrew Taylor, C L Taylor, Sherry Thomas, Will Thomas, Lesley Thomson, Mark Timlin, S K Tremayne, M J Trow, C J Tudor, Luca Veste, MB Vincent, Martyn Waites, B P Walter, Martin Walker, Alex Walters, Ruth Ware, Holly Watt, Ashley Weaver, Matt Wesolowski, Chris Whitaker, Nicola White, Kevin Wignall, Michael Wood, A Yi, Seishi Yokomizo, David Young, Juli Zeh and Yigal Zur.

New Releases - June 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in paperback or hardback, in June 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). Apologies for the continuing delay with these posts. I do hope to get July'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.
Adams, Kate P - Sleep Like the Dead #3 Charleton House Mysteries, Derbyshire
Allen, Jo - Death on Coffin Lane #3 DCI Jude Satterthwaite, Lake District
Arlidge, M J - All Fall Down #9 Helen Grace, Southampton Police
Bailey, Murray - Singapore Killer #5 Ash Carter
Batchelor, Penny - My Perfect Sister
Bates, Quentin - Cold Malice #7 Gunnhildur, Police Sergeant, Reykjavik, Iceland
Campbell, Colin - Catawba Point #7 Jim Grant
Candlish, Louise - The Other Passenger
Cotterill, Colin - The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot #15 Dr Siri Paiboun, Laos
Craven, M W - The Curator #3 Washington Poe
Diamond, Katerina - The Heatwave
Evans, Claire - The Graves of Whitechapel
Fleet, Kim - Devil's Chimney #3 Eden Grey, Cheltenham
Hamilton, Karen - The Last Wife
Hanley, C B - Cast the First Stone #6 Edwin Weaver, C13
Heald, Ruth - I Know Your Secret
Ivar, Katja - Deep as Death #2 Hella Mauzer
James, Ed - Gone in Seconds #2 Detective Max Carter
Jenkins, Victoria - The Accusation
Jennings, Luke - Killing Eve: Die For Me #3 Villanelle, Russian Assassin
Kabler, Jackie - The Perfect Couple
Keogh, Valerie - The Perfect Life
King, Laurie R - Riviera Gold #16 Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes
Kirk, JD - A Whisper of Sorrows #6 DCI Logan
Knight, Alex - Hunted
Land, Caro - Confessions #2 Natalie Bach
Lane, Andrew - The Bizarre Investigations of Sherlock Holmes #1 Short Stories
Logan, TM - The Catch
MacDonald, Siobhan - Guilty
MacDonald, Dee - A Body in the Village Hall 1 Kate Palmer, Cornwall
Macmillan, Gilly - To Tell You the Truth
Marsh, JJ - White Night #10 Beatrice Stubbs
Marsh, JJ - Odd Numbers
Marston, Edward - Rage of the Assassin #5 Bow Street Rivals
Martin, Faith - A Fatal Truth #5 Ryder & Loveday, Oxford, 1960s
McKenna, Clara - Murder at Blackwater Bend #2 Stella and Lyndy, 1905
Meyrick, Denzil - Jeremiah's Bell #8 DCI Daley
Mistry, Liz - Broken Silence #2 DS Nikki Parekh
O'Connor, Carlene - Murder in Galway #1 Tara Meehan
Pearce, Daisy -The Missing
Pearse, Lesley - Liar
Rhys, Rachel - Island of Secrets
Robertson, Craig - Watch Him Die
Ryder, John - First Shot #1 Grant Fletcher, Georgia, USA
Sanderson, Lesley - I Know You Lied
Sheridan, Sara - Highland Fling #8 Mirabelle Bevan (retired Secret Service), 1950s
Templeton, Aline - Devil's Garden #3 DI Kelso Strang
Thompson, Derek - Long Shadows
Vincent, MB - A Death in the Woods (ebook only) #2 Jess Castle, academic-turned-detective, Castle Kidbury
Ward, Rachel - Expiry Date #3 Ant and Bea
Watkins, Roz - Cut to the Bone #3 DI Meg Dalton, Derbyshire

Monday, June 22, 2020

US Cozy Review: Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

Welcome to another entry in my irregular feature: US cozy review. I recently posted this review on  my library's Facebook page.

I also posted about a way to find 'US cozies' on the Birmingham Library Catalogue  which might be useful if your Library Service uses Spydus.

Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

Several tragedies lead Boston Librarian Addie Greyborne to move to the small New England coastal town of Greyborne Harbor. She has inherited her previously unknown great aunt’s estate including a large house and rare book collection. Addie decides to set up her own second-hand and rare books, book-shop, called ‘Beyond the Page’.

Addie has barely opened her new store when things begin to happen including nearly being run-over, a feud with her business neighbour from one side of her shop, a new friendship with her neighbour from the other side of her shop, Serena of SerenaTEA, and a burglary almost under her nose.

The action doesn’t stop there with Addie being persistently targetted at home and at work with actual and attempted break-ins. Fortunately her new friend Serena’s [handsome] brother is the chief of police…

When her friend is arrested for murder Addie decides to clear her friend’s name with or without the police’s help.

This is the first in a new series and the author’s debut. It is quite busy, with never a dull moment. The fairly complicated plot revolves around books and offers some insight into rare-book dealing. It does take a while for the main characters to catchup with the reader regarding why Addie is suffering all these events but it is an enjoyable read overall, if a little frustrating at times.

If you like crime books that don’t contain any or much swearing, mostly off the page violence and a dash of romance with the mystery then this could be for you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year - Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced. You can vote for one of them until midday 17th July. From their website:
"Have your say. Vote for the ONE shortlisted book that you feel most deserves to be crowned the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. If you voted during the longlist stage,  you can now vote again for your favourite shortlist book as no previous votes are counted when deciding the winner.
Voting for this stage closes at noon on the 17th July, with the winner being announced on the 23rd July in our digital awards ceremony."


The shortlist by author surname:

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Worst Case Scenario by Helen FitzGerald
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Joe Country by Mick Herron
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee


Friday, June 05, 2020

CWA Daggers 2020 - Longlists

Here is the press release announcing the CWA Dagger Longlists. The winners will be announced on 22 October.
CWA Dagger Awards 2020 Longlists Announced

The 2020 longlists for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime writing genre, have been announced.

The world-famous Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.

The longlist for the CWA Gold Dagger – the award for best crime novel – sees last year’s winner, MW Craven, return with the second book in his Poe series, Black Summer. Craven is up against stiff competition with established and multi-award-winning authors including Elly Griffiths for The Lantern Men, Mick Herron with Joe Country and Abir Mukherjee’s Death in the East all on the list.

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is famed for showcasing blockbuster thrillers – past winners include Gillian Flynn and Robert Harris. 2020’s longlist is dominated by the new guard of the genre who are now fixtures on the awards’ calendar. It includes AA Dhand for One Way Out, the fourth in his D I Harry Virdee series set in Bradford, The Whisper Man by Alex North – a Richard and Judy book club pick dubbed the biggest thriller of 2019 (also longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger) – and Eva Dolan with Between Two Evils. Dolan was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger in 2016. Also on the longlist is another coveted Richard and Judy pick, My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, a riveting psychological suspense described by Marie Claire magazine as ‘the next Gone Girl’.

Linda Stratmann, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, said: “The CWA Dagger longlists showcase crime authors – established and new – at the top of their game. They reveal the wide and diverse nature of the genre and why it is so hugely relevant. Crime novels, stories and non-fiction can be social commentary, entertainment and escapism, an exploration of human nature and reflections of a nation’s psyche. The talent in these longlists demonstrate why crime is the UK’s most popular and enduring genre. The CWA Dagger awards are unparalleled for their reputation and longevity. We are proud to provide a platform for debut, emerging and established authors, and to honour the very best in crime writing.”

The much-anticipated John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger highlights the best debut novels. Among the new class of 2020 to watch for is Owen Matthews with Black Sun – a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month dubbed the outstanding, page-turning thriller of 2020. Matthews is up against a similarly praised title, Little White Lies by Philippa East, acclaimed for being an addictive, unputdownable thriller. Trevor Wood, who served in the Royal Navy for 16 years, makes the list with The Man on the Street, set in his home city Newcastle, featuring a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, dubbed by Lee Child as ‘an instant classic’.

Andrew Taylor and Abir Mukherjee flex their writing muscles appearing in two Dagger categories. Taylor’s The King’s Evil (also up for an Ian Fleming Steel Dagger) and Abir Mukherjee’s Death in the East (also longlisted for the Gold Dagger) are both on the Sapere Books Historical Dagger longlist. They contend with Metropolis, the capstone of a fourteen-book journey through the life of Philip Kerr’s signature character, Bernhard Genther, completed just before Kerr’s untimely death.

The longlist for best historical crime novel also features SG Maclean who won the Dagger last year for Destroying Angel, she returns with The Bear Pit. Lynne Truss is in contention with The Man That Got Away, as is Nicola Upson for Sorry for the Dead and Alis Hawkins for In Two Minds.

The Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger sees one of Finland’s most-acclaimed and award-winning writers, Antti Tuomainen with Little Siberia translated by David Hackston. The ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ has seen his novels translated into 25 languages. In a tightly contested longlist, he’s up against the winner of the prestigious French mystery prize 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature policière, Marion Brunet whose novel Summer of Reckoning is translated by Katherine Gregor.

The CWA Daggers are one of the few high-profile awards that honour the short story. The 2020 CWA Short Story Dagger sees giants of the genre go head to head. It features two short stories from Jeffery Deaver – Connecting the Dots and The Bully. He’s up against fellow American Dean Koontz, who hit the headlines for predicting the coronavirus outbreak in his 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness. Koontz is on the longlist for his short story, Kittens.

The ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction features Casey Cep, a staff writer at the New York Times whose first book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, has received acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Also on the longlist is The Professor and the Parson by Adam Sisman which reveals how an unlikely Casanova and blacklisted clergyman conned his way around the world and was praised as a ‘white knuckle roller-coaster ride of fibs and frauds’ in the Sunday Telegraph. He joins Red River Girl by Joanna Jolly, an astonishing feat of investigation from the award-winning BBC reporter and documentary maker, focussed on the efforts to seek justice of the murder of teenager Tina Fontaine.

The Dagger in the Library is voted on exclusively by librarians, chosen for the author’s body of work and support of libraries. This year sees firm favourites from the genre including Mick Herron, Erin Kelly, Lisa Jewell and Denise Mina on the longlist.

One of the most exciting highlights of the awards is the Debut Dagger competition, open to unknown and uncontracted writers. Names to watch include Anna Caig, who also writes for the Sheffield Telegraph, for The Spae-Wife.

This year also features the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year Dagger, launched in 2019, which celebrates publishers and imprints demonstrating excellence and diversity in crime writing.

The CWA Dagger shortlist will be announced later in the year before the glittering awards ceremony due to take place on 22 October with guest speaker, the TV presenter turned crime novelist, Richard Osman. The 2020 Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, the highest honour in British crime writing, will be awarded to Martin Edwards on the night.

The CWA has also announced that Della Millward has won the 2020 CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize for A Time to Confess. She receives £500, a selection of Margery Allingham books and two passes to the international crime writing convention CrimeFest in 2021. Highly commended were Lauren Everdell for Voices and Laila Murphy with Sting in the Tail. The Margery Allingham Society, set up to honour and promote the writings of the great Golden Age author, works with the CWA to operate and fund the writing competition.

One of the UK’s most prominent societies for the promotion and promulgation of crime writing, the CWA was founded in 1953 by John Creasey; the awards began in 1955 with the first going to Winston Graham, best known for Poldark. They are regarded by the publishing world as the foremost British awards for crime-writing.

The Longlists in Full:

GOLD DAGGER

Claire Askew: What You Pay For (Hodder & Stoughton)

Gary Bell: Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Raven Books)

Lou Berney: November Road (Harper Fiction)

MW Craven: Black Summer (Constable)

John Fairfax: Forced Confessions (Little, Brown)

Lucy Foley: The Guest List (Harper Fiction)

Elly Griffiths: The Lantern Men (Quercus Fiction)

Chris Hammer: Silver (Wildfire)

Mick Herron: Joe Country (John Murray)

SG MacLean: The Bear Pit (Quercus Fiction)

Patrick McGuinness: Throw Me to the Wolves (Jonathan Cape)

Abir Mukherjee: Death in the East (Harvill Secker)

Alex North: The Whisper Man (Michael Joseph)

Scott Phillips: That Left Turn at Albuquerque (Soho Crime)

Michael Robotham: Good Girl, Bad Girl (Sphere)

Tim Weaver: No One Home (Michael Joseph)



IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER

Lou Berney: November Road (Harper Fiction)

Tom Chatfield: This is Gomorrah (Hodder & Stoughton)

Karen Cleveland: Keep You Close (Bantam Press)

AA Dhand: One Way Out (Bantam Press)

Eva Dolan: Between Two Evils (Raven Books)

Helen Fields: Perfect Kill (Avon)

Oliver Harris: A Shadow Intelligence (Little, Brown)

Peter Heller: The River (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Greg Iles: Cemetery Road (Harper Fiction)

David Koepp: Cold Storage (HQ)

Adrian McKinty: The Chain (Orion Fiction)

Alex North: The Whisper Man (Michael Joseph)

Andrew Taylor: The King’s Evil (Harper Fiction)



JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER

Steph Cha: Your House Will Pay (Faber & Faber)

Sherryl Clark: Trust Me, I'm Dead (Verve Books)

Samantha Downing: My Lovely Wife (Michael Joseph)

Philippa East: Little White Lies (HQ)

Andrew James Greig: Whirligig (Fledgling Press)

AS Hatch: This Dark Little Place (Serpent's Tail)

James Von Leyden: A Death in the Medina (Constable)

Deborah Masson: Hold Your Tongue (Corgi)

Owen Matthews: Black Sun (Bantam Press)

Felicity McLean: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone (Point Blank)

Robin Morgan-Bentley: The Wreckage (Trapeze)

Trevor Wood: The Man on the Street (Quercus Fiction)



SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER

Alis Hawkins: In Two Minds (The Dome Press)

Philip Kerr: Metropolis (Quercus Fiction)

SG MacLean: The Bear Pit (Quercus Fiction)

Abir Mukherjee: Death in the East (Harvill Secker)

SW Perry: The Serpent’s Mark (Corvus)

Alex Reeve: The Anarchists’ Club (Raven Books)

Gareth Rubin: Liberation Square (Michael Joseph)

SD Sykes: The Bone Fire (Hodder & Stoughton)

Andrew Taylor: The King’s Evil (Harper Collins)

Lynne Truss: The Man That Got Away (Raven Books)

Nicola Upson: Sorry for the Dead (Faber & Faber)

Ovidia Yu: The Paper Bark Tree Mystery (Constable)



CRIME FICTION IN TRANSLATION DAGGER



Edoardo Albinati: The Catholic School, translated by Anthony Shugaar (Picador)

Marion Brunet: Summer of Reckoning, translated by Katherine Gregor (Bitter Lemon Press)

Hannelore Cayre: The Godmother, translated by Stephanie Smee (Old Street Publishing)

K Ferrari: Like Flies from Afar, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Canongate Books)

Jorge Galán: November, translated by Jason Wilson (Constable)

Johana Gustawsson: Blood Song, translated by David Warriner (Orenda Books)

Jørn Lier Horst: The Cabin, translated by Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph)

Sergio Olguin: The Fragility of Bodies, translated by Miranda France (Bitter Lemon Press)

Leonardo Padura: Grab a Snake by the Tail, translated by Peter Bush (Bitter Lemon Press)

Antti Tuomainen: Little Siberia, translated by David Hackston (Orenda Books)



SHORT STORY DAGGER

Fiona Cummins: Dead Weight in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Jeffery Deaver: Connecting the Dots in Invisible Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan Books)

Jeffery Deaver: The Bully in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Paul Finch: The New Lad in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Christopher Fowler: The Washing in Invisible Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan Books)

Christopher Fowler: Bryant and May and The Devil's Triangle in Bryant and May: England's Finest (Doubleday)

Lauren Henderson: #Me Too in Invisible Blood, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan Books)

Louise Jensen: The Recipe in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books)

Dean Koontz: Kittens in Exit Wounds, edited by Paul B Kane and Marie O’Regan (Titan Books) 

Syd Moore: Easily Made in 12 Strange Days of Christmas (Point Blank Press)



ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

Casey Cep: Furious Hours (William Heinemann)

Julia Ebner: Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Peter Everett: Corrupt Bodies (Icon Books)

Caroline Goode: Honour: Achieving Justice for Banaz Mahmod (Oneworld Publications)

Joanna Jolly: Red River Girl (Virago)

Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey: She Said (Bloomsbury Circus)

Sean O’Connor: The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury (Simon & Schuster)

Adam Sisman: The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking (Profile Books)

Susannah Stapleton: The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective (Picador)

Fred Vermorel: Dead Fashion Girl: A Situationist Detective Story (Strange Attractor Press)



DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

Benjamin Black

Christopher Brookmyre

Jane Casey

Paul Finch

Alex Gray

Mick Herron

Quintin Jardine

Lisa Jewell

Erin Kelly

Adrian McKinty

Denise Mina

James Oswald



DEBUT DAGGER

Barbara Austin: Lowlands

Anna Caig: The Spae-Wife

Loraine Fowlow: Undercut

Leanne Fry: Whipstick

Kim Hays: Pesticide

Jack Kapica: Blogger’s End

Nicholas Morrish: Emergency Drill

Josephine Moulds: Revolution Never Lies

Michael Munro: Bitter Lake

Karen Taylor: Grim Fairy Tale

Jane Wing: Dark Pastimes

Sarah Yarwood-Lovett: A Generation of Vipers



PUBLISHERS’ DAGGER

Allison & Busby

Bitter Lemon

Harvill Secker

Head of Zeus

HQ

Michael Joseph

Orenda

Orion

Pushkin Vertigo

Raven

Severn House

Sphere

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.