Category Archives: Crime fiction

More Novels in the Russell Series by Laurie R. King Available in the UK from Allison and Busby

Available from Amazon UK.

Available from Amazon UK.

By ScotKris

Fans of Laurie King have another year to wait until the next instalment of Mary Russell’s journals, so it is with considerable satisfaction that It’s a Crime! can report that those lovely people over at Allison and Busby are releasing the ‘missing four’ Russell titles, previously unavailable for a dozen or more years.

The first of these missing titles, A Monstrous Regiment of Women and A Letter of Mary, are available now, with The Moor and Justice Hall coming shortly. What’s more, with four more stunning cover designs, the entire series of (currently twelve) novels is available for the first time with a uniform series ‘look’, and full credit to the publisher’s designer for such beautiful covers.

Available from Amazon UK.

Available from Amazon UK.

Where The Beekeeper’s Apprentice laid the groundwork, A Monstrous Regiment of Women and A Letter of Mary were the early showcases of Miss Russell (with Mr Holmes, naturally), taking her forward to the 1920s and into investigations both baffling and intriguing. Theology and detective work go hand in hand and we also see the growing partnership between Russell and Holmes which forms the cornerstone of this unique series.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women sees an Oxford friend of Russell introducing her to the ‘New Temple of God’, which, if appearances are to be believed, is a sect involved in the suffrage movement of post-War years; however, appearances can be deceptive and when one murder follows another, Russell investigates …

More information at Allison and Busby.

More information at Allison and Busby.

The Moor then takes us to Dartmoor, paying homage to a certain Conan Doyle tale, but Justice Hall, for me, marked a turning point in the series. While following on directly from the events of The Moor, Justice Hall reintroduces characters first met in Palestine in events described in O Jerusalem, and involves Russell in a mystery that dates back to the Great War. Rich descriptions bring to life the Justice Hall of the title which, for me, is one of the most evocative books in this very compelling series and the closing pages remain with me some 12 years since I first read them – a telling sign.

More information at Allison and Busby.

More information at Allison and Busby.

As I have said before, one of King’s many strengths is her ability to create images in her novels that draw you into the era, cleverly combining real events with the fictitious, and in which her characters play their own unique roles. Never do readers feel they are subject to a history lesson; indeed they come away feeling enriched, entertained and truly satisfied.

With the reappearance of these four books comes an opportunity to revisit old friends or to discover them for the first time; the only shame is that a year must pass before Russell returns in Dreaming Spies!

Crime Saturday at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle 3 May 2014

LitPhil1If you are in or near Newcastle on Saturday, 3rd of May get thee hence!  All these authors are fantastic public performers.  Call the Lit and Phil on 0191 232 0192 to book/reserve your tickets.  From the Lit & Phil’s website:

Saturday 3rd May | 2pm | Crime Saturday | £5/3 per session or £12/8 for all three
An estimated 45% of the fiction borrowed from the Lit & Phil falls into the category of crime.  Our fascination with the subject seems to be not only ongoing but continually branching out into new areas.  Join us for Crime Saturday and meet some of the authors responsible for this interest.  We are hosting literary panels of experts discussing their particular area of crime fiction.

Historical Crime 2.00 – 3.30pm
Aly Monroe is the author of the Peter Cotton series.  Her third novel Icelight, was awarded the 2012 CWA Historical Dagger.  Samantha Norman is finishing Winter Siege, a book started by her mother, the historical thriller writer Ariana Franklin who died in 2011.  John Lawton has written seven novels, the last of which A Lily of the Field was named Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year in 2011.

LitPhil2Women in Crime 4.30 – 6.00pm
Mari Hannah won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut novel, The Murder Wall and a Northern Writers’ Award for her second, Settled Blood.  Zoë Sharp has written a standalone crime novel, various short stories and ten books featuring bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox.  M J McGrath is the author of the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries.  The first in the series, White Heat, was nominated for a CWA Gold Dagger.

Icelandic Crime 7.00 – 8.30pm
Ragnar Jonasson is an Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland, currently being developed as a TV series.  Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the bestselling and award-winning Icelandic crime author of the Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series.  Quentin Bates is writing a series of crime novels set in present day Iceland. Cold Steal will be published in April 2014.

In association with Northumbria University.

Launch of Brighton’s Dark and Stormy Crime Festival

Dark & Stormy is a brand new UK crime festival, serving up a wicked selection of book, film, music & theatre events. We launch in May 2014, in partnership with Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Dukes at Komedia, to celebrate and promote this massively popular genre, bringing its fans, creators and stars together for one criminally good and unforgettable weekend.”  The site is up and tickets are now on sale.  The press release follows.

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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.”