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Author of the Month is Laura Lippman with her sublime novel, Lady in the Lake. Her new novel involves a crime, but it is so much more. It is a portrait of Baltimore in 1966, a story of a white woman trying to make her mark and being too interested in the death of a black woman. A case nobody wants to pursue. Lippmanís writing is sublime and she transported me to 1966 with ease. Her prose is suave and crackles with suspense and tension. This is why I have decided her book has to be highlighted on the Author of the Month page.

Fresh Blood is Adam Southward and his debut, Trance. Southward delivers a thriller with a difference and with edge. The method of killing is bizarre, but maybe in the future could be plausible. It shows us what could be achieved in the dark corners of government. This truly kept my attention and is an exciting debut to what promises to be a highly original series.

Reviews this month includes a number of new writers alongside established writers. They include Danuta Kot, Frances Brody, Christopher Fowler and many more to make it a bumper month of Reviews!

Classic Crime will be B>M. Gill and her last psychological thriller, The Fifith Rapunzel. I have been reading B.M. Gillís books for many years, going back to them time and time again (strangely enough this was a title of one of her books!). This was her last book before her death in 1995, but can be read as a standalone. This is definitely a classic to be discovered.

Events features James Ellroy and the new stunning omnibus editions that have just been released in the Everyman Classic series. The Empress of Noir, Cathi Unsworth has been a massive fan of Ellroy for decades and here she sends her love letter to the master of his craft.

The Top Ten book for the holidays will show my recommendations to throw in to your suitcase and enjoy on the beach!

Top Ten

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you canít 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.