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March Author of the Month is Craig Robertson and his dark thriller, The Photographer. This chilling tale deals with huge topics of the day. A rapist is on the streets and despite his hideous collection of intrusive photographs, they are deemed inadmissible in court. With the news filled with the taxi rapist, John Worboys and sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others, this is a novel that is very much of the current time. Robertson shows he has his finger on the pulse of society, delivering a tale of insidious darkness.

Fresh Blood for March will be revealed shortly!

Reviews this month include Elly Griffiths, Gillian McAllister, S.S. Mausoof, Stevyn Colgan and others , along with some classics from me in the form of Agatha Chrisite, P.D. James and Lesley Grant-Adamson. Sometimes it is good to take a break from current crime and re-read a couple of classics, which is what I did in February (always good to keep the winter blues away!). Not having read these for more than thirty years I decided to review them so others could re-discover (or even discover them for the first time) and enjoy these wonderful ‘blasts from the past’ that have stood the test of time! More reviews will be online over the next few weeks.

Georges Simenon and his Maigret novels are currently all being re-issued by Penguin. Intrepid reviewer, Jim Gracie loves the Maigret books, and ‘Maigret and the Headless Corpse’ got the thumbs up from Jim – so it was a good time to have the great Simenon up for Classic Crime!

That lovely man, Christopher Fowler has written a wonderful piece on his new release, The Book of Forgotten Authors for our Events page.

The Penguin microsite features C.J. Tudor to celebrate the release of The Chalk Man which we featured on the Fresh Blood page in January. If you haven’t picked up this brilliant title yet, then you are in for a real treat from this new crime kid on the block!
Penguin Microsite

Top Ten of our favourite books of 2017 is now online and features the books we all at loved and really gripped us. There are goodies for everyone and I am sure you will find something you may have missed in 2017!

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 amount of books during's twelve 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.