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March 2015 celebrated the tenth anniversary of I know! Where has the time gone? We have reviewed hundreds – if not thousands of books over the past ten years. I would like to thank all the great reviewers (past and present – most who started this journey with me ten years back are still reading!) who have done a sterling job (although it can’t really be classed as a job when it is what we love doing for pleasure) getting reviews out each and every month. And a huge thank you to you, dear readers. When I first started Crimesquad ‘back in the day’, I thought a few people might read it, maybe a few family members, a couple of friends. I never anticipated the explosion of numbers that was going to happen so rapidly.

Very quickly I forged solid and long standing relations with many publishers in the UK and US and with the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate which is still going strong today. I have met a plethora of great authors, some of whom I now class as very close friends. This website I started due to my love of crime fiction has opened doors and allowed me to meet my literary heroes like P.D. James and also, for me, the best crime writer ever, Ruth Rendell. My meeting with Baroness Rendell at her home in London will stay with me for the rest of my days. And all made possible because of a website I started ten years ago.

We have highlighted many new authors on Fresh Blood who have gone on to win huge awards globally. I think the greatest coup was putting Stef Penney and her debut The Tenderness of Wolves up as Fresh Blood over six months before the huge fanfare when she won the Costa. On the few occasions I have met Stef she always tells me I was her very first interview and her favourite. What can I say! Crimesquad is a trailblazer!

I was amazed by the welcome from all the publishers who were very happy to climb on-board Crimesquad. Even now, I still get comments on how people love the simplicity and unfussy website. I wanted people to see our reviews without all the clutter and it still works today as many thousands of people visit Crimesquad very month. Without you all this would not have been possible. Thank you for making the last ten years a blast and here is to the next ten years!

Author of the Month for April is Jake Woodhouse who burst on the crime scene in 2014 with his debut, After the Silence. With this second novel in what is dubbed the ‘Amsterdam Quartet, Into the Night is the new and thrilling case for Inspector Jaap Rykel. Woodhouse has huge backing from Penguin and is on course to make a huge impression on the crime fiction genre. Read the rave review for Woodhouse’s latest from amazing Crimesquad reviewer, Michael Wood.

Fresh Blood is the new crime debut from Graham Smith. Graham is very well-known on the crime fiction scene. Not only does he review for Crimesquad but he also dreamt and made reality the brilliant crime writing seminar Crime and Publishment which has become hugely popular in only three years. Besides himself, others now have publishing contracts because of . The latest feather in Graham’s cap comes with the release of his crime debut, Snatched From Home.

Reviews in April include such brilliant titles from John Connolly, Lisa Gardner, Luke Delaney, Karin Fossum and Elly Griffiths. Others come from new faces on the crime block: Oscar de Muriel, Paul E. Hardisty and Darren E. Laws, plus an old classic from Celia Dale. More will be added throughout April.

The Penguin microsite currently features Jake Woodhouse who is also our Author of the Month. Penguin are certainly backing great winners in recent years with their crime catalogue bursting with top notch crime writers. First it was James Oswald and fast catching him up is Jake Woodhouse. Woodhouse is a serious writer you cannot afford to miss!

Penguin Microsite

Classic Crime in April will be Joseph Hansen. I have been meaning to read this guy’s work for many years, and despite having several Brandstetter titles, just never found the time. When I found that Hodder was re-issuing the first three titles in the Brandstetter series, I was determined this was going to be a golden opportunity to read this writer I had heard so much about. So many accolades have been written about Hansen and I can only continue the tradition by adding my own accolade to this man’s work. If you haven’t read him, then don’t be like me and wait so long till you try him.

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you can’t recall the surname. And for good measure you can also search under the title of the book. Simply click on the box at the top of the page and then click on to the letter of the author/title you would like to find. As you will see, we have reviewed our fair share of books during's nine years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!


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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.