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October’s Author of the Month came with no one but two recommendations. reviewers Graham Smith and Michael J. Malone sang the praises of Caro Ramsay’s new novel, ’The Night Hunter’. Michael supplied the review while Graham asked Caro the probing questions about her latest book. Check out Caro’s answers and read this exciting new release from this exciting author of the crime genre.

Fresh Blood in September is ’Disappeared’ from new author, Anthony Quinn. Quinn transports us to the Emerald Isle where a death many years before during the Troubles is played out against a hard, winter landscape. Sometimes while reading this book, I could feel the cold nipping at my toes and fingers, so intense were Quinn’s words as he painted the bleak Irish countryside alongside a chilling moral tale that resonates down the years. This is a new and gripping start to a series that promises to be a great success.

Reviews is stacked to the rafters with brand new reviews from the great crime novels to have recently appeared. Included are new books by Arnaldur Indridason, Henning Mankell, R.J. Ellory, Alafair Burke, Cathy Ace, Susan Hill and many more to come throughout October.

John Bude was the pseudonym used by Ernest Carpenter Elmore who had under his own name written novels. He adopted John Bude when he segued in to crime fiction. The first one released was ’The Cornish Coast Murder' in 1935. For many years Bude’s books have been out of print but highly collectible and the expensive price tag kept his books out of reach of those not able to pay the extortionate amounts for them. Now the British Library who have re-issued lost classics from the Golden Age have now published this and Bude’s second murder mystery, ’The Lake District Murder’ check out this author on Classic Crime. Coming up in October will be John G. Brandon’s war-time crime thriller, ’A Scream in Soho’.

Penguin has gone in to full throttle with their crime list and have released some absolute beauties in the past twelve months. Thrilling rides in the form of James Oswald and Alastair Gunn have literally exploded on to the crime scene. Following behind was M.J. Arlidge with ‘Eeny Meeny’ which is still to my mind THE thriller of 2014! Alongside these new bad boys are Nicci French who always produce sublime novels with a huge helping of suspense. Newcomers, Karen Perry delivered The Boy That Never Was which has to be one of the most heart-wrenching novel of 2014. Both of these were soon followed by the horrifyingly real procedural by Matthew Frank which again took Penguin’s crime list to another level. With Jake Woodhouse’s debut set in Amsterdam you can see that Penguin are succeeding in their vision for a diverse crime list. Penguin has always strived for quality over quantity and they have managed that.

October’s Penguin Microsite features the second thriller featuring DI Helen Grace with ’Pop Goes the Weasel’ the heart-thumping follow-up from M.J. Arlidge’s hair-raising debut, ’Eeny Meeny’. Arlidge’s next is out now! DON’T MISS IT!

Penguin Microsite

Barry Forshaw is the man who knows everyone! If you mention a famous name I guarantee you Barry will have met him/her or been invited to a lunch/dinner with them. But it is never done with arrogance as for Barry it is simply a part of his life, to meet people. Barry is the ultimate raconteur and weaves a marvellous tale. Recently he has shot up in my estimations even more when he told me he had met Patricia Highsmith once. Despite having read that she wasn't exactly the easiest of people to approach, Highsmith has been on my list of people you could invite to a dinner party. But I am digressing. Barry has always been a guiding light, especially when I first timidly entered the crime fiction arena. Others were reticent to talk to the 'new kid on the block', but Barry was inviting, charming and always welcoming - and still is every time I see him.

Barry has put together the most astonishingly accomplished Top Ten I have ever seen. I knew that with Barry's range and wide knowledge that it would be a good Top Ten - but Barry has surpassed even my expectations. I won't delay you any longer. Click on to Barry's Top Ten. There are at least three titles there that I have pulled out of my library of 'Books To Be Read' and placed them at the top purely on Barry's recommendation. I challenge anyone not to find at least two of these titles too hard to resist!

Barry Forshaw's Top Ten

The 2014 Theakstons’ Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival was a smash hit with all those thousands of people who flocked to get their fix of crime fiction spread over three days. Chair Steve Mosby should be very proud of himself for producing a sterling event that highlighted the best of what is out there in the current crime fiction market. Congratulations to the whole Harrogate team who work so hard all year round to make these three days so spectacular. Take a look on the Harrogate Festival microsite to see pictures of the event plus intrepid reviewer and reporter, Graham Smith interviews Steve Mosby and John Harvey.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

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
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