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Author of the Month is Megan Abbott with her new novel, The Turnout. Regular Crimesquad reviewer and crime writer, Sheila Bugler has always been a huge fan of Abbott’s novels and this one was no exception. Abbott plays with the emotions of her characters and puts them in awkward and demanding situations. However, Abbott is always subtle with her approach and you know that slow burn will soon end up explosive. Read Sheila’s review and Megan’s answers via the above link.

Fresh Blood is What Goes Around by Ann Bloxwich. I loved being introduced to all these great characters that populate this novel. Bloxwich is great at bringing her cast alive - from strippers to drag queens, Bloxwich has written a book that explodes like the proverbial bottle of baby oil!! A clever puzzle which will you keep you guessing. I loved this debut which was great fun!

Reviews this month includes Laura Lippman, Will Carver, Vaseem Khan, Lindsey Davis, Tom Bradby, Steve Cavanagh and a classic whodunit by John Bude from 1952 and re-printed by the British Library Crime Classics series.

On Classic Crime is Frederick Forsyth celebrating 50 years of his debut novel, The Day of the Jackal. In his introduction to this 50th anniversary edition, Lee Child describes Forsyth’s debut as a ‘gamechanger’. It was an instant bestseller, quickly leading to a star-studded film which has become a classic in its own right. Even after all this time, it still propels you on towards the climax, but it is The Jackal himself who is the most fascinating part of the book. I don’t think I have read a book that so chronicles the mindset of a contract killer. Still relevant today.

Events is a dedication to one of the most original and extraordinary books of the noughties. Written by the Empress of Noir, >b>Cathi Unsworth, a new edition of Bad Penny Blues has been released. An appreciation has been written by Nick Triplow who puts into words why he believes this seminal work based on true events involving Jack the Stripper and his crimes in and around Notting Hill in the late 50s/early 60s is such a phenomenal read and one you should not miss.

Top Ten highlights books that will transport you to another part of the world or even another part of the UK. Whether you’re holidaying in the UK or having a staycation at home, then these stories will take you to another part of the world in your mind! Enjoy!

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 a huge number of books during Crimesquad.com's thirteen years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!

If you have any comments or have a particular author you would like to see highlighted on this website please e-mail me at chrissimmons@crimesquad.com.

Chris Simmons
Online Editor.

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