Category Archives: Crime fiction

Winner of Harvill Secker and Daily Telegraph Competition Announced

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HARVILL SECKER AND TELEGRAPH UNVEIL A NEW CRIME WRITING STAR

 HARVILL SECKER TO PUBLISH WINNING CRIME NOVELSET DURING BRITSH RAJ

Abir Mukherjee is the winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize, launched last July to find an unpublished crime writing star to join one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to bestselling crime authors including Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Fred Vargas, Stuart Neville and Eva Dolan.  An extract from Abir Mukherjee’s winning entry – ‘A Rising Man’ – can be read at the Telegraph.

Set in India in 1919, ‘A Rising Man’ opens with the brutal murder of a British burra sahib in the backstreets of Calcutta. Was the killing politically motivated by the Quit India movement? Captain Sam Wyndham of the Imperial Police Force, a former Scotland Yard detective and a man scarred by the Great War, is asked to investigate.  Described as “a good man upholding a corrupt system”, Wyndham is assisted by the equally conflicted Sergeant Bannerjee, who is torn between his belief in British justice and the Empire’s repression of his own people.

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All Alone This Valentine’s Day?

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Are you all alone this Valentine’s Day?  Still single after that “Dear John” missive you received yesterday?  (We live in a fast world these days.)  There is absolutely no need to feel teary and alone.  Connect with readers and put pen to paper or fingers on a keyboard and enter the Flashbang Contest for flash crime fiction.  Check out this year’s prizes here.

flashbang3You could, of course, spend your Valentine’s evening writing really bad poetry.  But with a competition like Flashbang you could be inspired instead.

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Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014 Murder and Mayhem – four books left to vote for

CovBookAwardsM&M100214Within 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.

After round four we have seen Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Camilla Lackberg’s The Hidden Child eliminated.

The remaining four Murder and Mayhem novels are from John Le Carré, William McIlvanney, Lesley Thomson and Anne Zouroudi.

Get voting by clicking right HERE.

Now only two weeks left to keep voting until the final winner is determined.

That’s a very fine shortlist to read.  And good luck to those still in the running.

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.

Vote!

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.