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Author of the Month for November is Craig Robertson. Craig has only written six books so far, but he has already garnered great praise and is hailed as an integral part of the Scottish movement, Tartan Noir. With his new novel, In Place of Death, Robertson is back in the company of his regulars, Rachel Narey and Tony Winter. This is a very exciting time for Craig’s readers as there are big changes ahead that will take his series in a new direction. Do not delay and order your copy of Craig’s book now!

Fresh Blood is Mark Douglas-Home and his crime debut, The Sea Detective. This is a fascinating and thrilling debut that introduces Cal McGill, the ‘sea detective’ who solves crimes through the currents of the sea. This is an original take on detection and is well worth reading.

You may now be looking for that next great read or (dare I say it…) Christmas presents! Check out the Reviews page which is filled with titles that have excited us here at Crimesquad Towers. As always, more will be put online during the coming month.

The Penguin microsite features Mark Douglas-Home who also holds the honorary title of Fresh Blood this month. Check out my review for what I consider to be a very exciting and different crime series.

Penguin Microsite

Check out the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival microsite for all the news and photos from the festival which by all accounts was one of the best. Don’t forget to read the interviews with Arnaldur Indridason, Sara Paretsky, Hakan Nesser and a privilege interview with the charismatic Lee Child.
Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival

Classic Crime is currently held by Domini Taylor. For years I thought this was a woman, so adept was she at writing from a woman’s perspective. It was years later I was to learn that Domini was in fact Roger Longrigg who had been publishing books under different pseudonyms for decades! This was his last incarnation before passing away in 2000. The title is Mother Love and was a hit series in the late 80’s with Diana Rigg and David McCullum in the lead roles. This is one psychological drama you really should read – especially if you have found yourself a new partner. Meeting your possible future mother-in-law will never be the same after you read this!

Yes, it is that time of year (again) and you may be in denial, but Christmas will be here sooner than you think! Here are a few of the big hitters and books to get excited about in time for the festive season. For those of you looking for that special present for the avid reader in your family, hopefully there will be something in this Top Ten that will appeal.

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.