Category Archives: Crime fiction

Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014 – Murder and Mayhem

Click on the pic to vote.

Click on the pic to vote.

Within the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards we have one called Murder and Mayhem.

Every week from 20 January 2014 the two books with the least votes in each poll will be eliminated, until we have the winners.

Get voting by clicking on the pic or right HERE.

And don’t forget to keep voting weekly until the final winner is determined.

That’s quite a list there.

One of the best shortlists I’ve seen.

This competition is a tough one.


Lisa Cutts’s Novel Never Forget Optioned For TV

From her publisher, Myriad’s site:

LisaCutts1“Bentley Productions, best known for the UK’s top rated and No. 1 TV drama export Midsomer Murders, has optioned the rights to the debut crime novel Never Forget by Lisa Cutts.  Myriad Publisher and Managing Director Candida Lacey commented: ‘Lisa’s work combines authenticity of plot with brilliant characterisation: her heroine, Nina, is a straight-talking, ambitious young woman starting out on a police career.  We are thrilled that a company with the prestigious track record of Bentley Productions can see the potential in this character.  This has the makings of a wonderful series.’

“Lisa Cutts is a serving police officer whose debut novel Never Forget was published by Myriad in the summer of 2013.  Her second novel in the series, Remember Remember, will be published by Myriad in August.”

Book Competition Time! Catch up with Tom Bale.

TheCatchIf you haven’t read a Tom Bale thriller yet, now is your chance.  The Catch will be published in paperback on 13 February but you can win a spanking new and fresh copy to read before the end of January if you’re quick off the mark, courtesy of those lovely people at Arrow.

You have until midnight, Thursday 23 January (British time) to leave a comment:

  1. with the correct name of the novel that Tom published under his real name, and
  2. outlining why you think you deserve to be the one to receive a copy of The Catch to get acquainted with Tom Bale’s thrillers.

Open to UK addresses only.  Comments will not be published here until Friday, 24 January when the winner will be selected.  Please ensure that you choose a method of commenting that allows speedy contact by email.  The book will be posted as soon as the winner’s address has been obtained by email.


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The Catch

How far do you go for a friendship?  That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour has fatal consequences.  For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s sister, Cate – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune?  For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future.  Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why.  Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive?  With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries.  All that matters now is staying alive …

Read the opening scenes of The Catch here.

Flashbang 2014 Contest!

flashbang3Starting the year as you mean to go on?  Writing crime?  Why not use those quiet moments to write some flash fiction?  The Flashbang 2014 Contest is now open and you have until 3 March 2014 to submit your entries.  All prizes this year are CrimeFest-related:

  • 1st prize is two weekend passes to CrimeFest 2015 (access to all interviews, panels and receptions; excludes accommodation, food, refreshments and travel).
  • 2nd prize is one weekend pass to CrimeFest 2015.
  • 3rd prize is a special CrimeFest delegate bag containing books and other goodies.

Get them rolling in and good luck!

Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter is crowned eBook of the year


Link to PB at Amazon UK.

Breakthrough crime novel wins over the public and claims the eBooks by Sainsbury’s title.

Lesley Thomson’s fast-paced crime thriller The Detective’s Daughter has been voted eBook of the year following eBooks by Sainsbury’s month long quest to reveal UK book-lovers’ top digital read for 2013.

Running throughout December 2013, the public was asked to select its favourite eBook from a long list of 150 titles designed to represent the breadth and diversity of British book publishing, covering genres from sci-fi to literary fiction from biographies to thrillers.

Sussex-based novelist Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which tells the story of a neglected daughter who takes on the murder case that her workaholic detective father spent his life trying, and failing, to solve, surpassed bestselling authors and successful titles to win the coveted award.

Tim Lennox, Managing Director at eBooks by Sainsbury’s commented: “The result of the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year is both wonderful and refreshing, suggesting that eBooks have opened up a whole new world for readers and authors alike. We certainly saw this with Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which enjoyed enormous success as an eBook in 2013, keeping a few well-known names off the top of the bestseller lists in the process.

“We’ve always thought that the convenience and portability of the eBook format played a powerful role in persuading readers to try something new. The fact Thomson’s breakthrough book won out against stiff competition from literary heavyweights certainly seems to bear this out. We’re delighted to award the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award to Lesley Thomson, and look forward to more readers discovering new voices and favourite reads on eBooks by Sainsbury’s in 2014.”

For more information please visit the eBooks by Sainbury’s website

Crimeficreader’s “Best of” 2013: books and literary matters, part 3

The third and final part.

JamesonA Talent to Defy Logic

Hanna Jameson wrote the first draft of Something You Are, the first novel in her London Underground series, when she was only seventeen.  At twenty-two, she’s in print and shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger.  Her creation, Nic Caruana is a man paid to kill people and in the introductory Something You Are he’s hired to track down the daughter of an arms dealer.  In exploring the family’s relationships and particularly that of the parents with one another, Jameson displays a maturity approximately twice the number of years she’s clocked up on her passport.  This one’s only 79p on Kindle right now too …


Doug Johnstone’s Gone Again is precision engineering in a thriller and packs in great emotional depth.  In Edinburgh, Mark Douglas and his young son Nathan are forced to face the sudden disappearance of wife and mother Lauren.  And it’s not the first time she’s disappeared …

DereBMNbNDebut Crime Novel

The very worthy winner of this year’s CWA John Creasey Dagger: Norwegian by Night from Derek B Miller.  Deep, seamless and even.  Pitch perfect.  When I had the privilege of moderating the two Fresh Blood panels at CrimeFest this year I likened Miller’s protagonist Sheldon Horowitz to Grumpy Cat.  In the novel’s opening lines we get to know octogenarian Sheldon very well.  He’s frustrated and we feel he deserves better.  We love him and want to give him a big hug.  His age alone presents many challenges but Sheldon swiftly becomes the guardian angel of a young boy when his mother is killed.  Norwegian by Night follows their journey in search of safety.  But there’s another journey here too: Sheldon’s own, through his inner turmoil.  Norwegian by Night is an emotional and very satisfying read.

RubberneckerCrime Novel

An obvious and enviable talent earning early high praise and bestowed with the CWA Gold Dagger for her debut novel Blacklands, I still felt there was something missing in Belinda Bauer’s initial work.  But in 2013 with Rubbernecker she’s nailed it for me.  One of the beauties with this novel is wondering where its disparate strands might lead.  Characterisation is strong and deep.  The dènouement satisfies.  Bauer is an outstanding talent who will be around for a long time.  Do not miss Rubbernecker.

B4C2013Part 1 and Part 2 at those links.

More detailed reviews of all these novels will follow, if they are not already up.  The next post in this series from me will be “Ones to Watch in 2014” and it will appear near/over the festive break.  Similar posts from It’s a crime’s! regular contributors may follow.

Thank you for reading.  Thank you for commenting and liking.  Enjoy your festive season and your reading!