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March 2020 signals the fifteenth anniversary of Crimesquad.com! Over those years we have reviewed hundreds of books, including classic crime novels alongside new contemporary novels. I have interviewed many great writers from Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, James Patterson, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. What I have noticed over those years is how friendly crime authors have been to give their time to answering questions and writing copy. Also, I would like to say a huge thanks to all our readers. It has been a revelation that so many people worldwide visit Crimesquad and that publishers have opened their doors to me and my reviewers. I thought a few family members might have a look at Crimesquad when it first went online in March 2005, but I never imagined it would take me on such a wonderful journey. Personally, the last few years have been difficult, but the one constant has been Crimesquad.com and my love of crime fiction. Whether we complete another fifteen years is another story, but while the love for a good crime story still burns inside all us as readers, then we will still be here to highlight what books we have loved and believe you will also want to read. Again, many thanks and here's to many more Crimesquad reviews!!

Author of the Month is Sheila Bugler and her new astounding psychological thriller, I Could Be You. Bugler’s new psychological thriller is astounding. It really knocked my socks off (and I don’t say that often…) and I ripped my way through ‘I Could Be You’. I couldn’t leave it alone until I had reached that suspenseful climax. This really is a stunning book and shows how remarkable a writer Sheila Bugler is. I feel this will be one of my faves for 2020! Mid-month the new novel from Peter Swanson will go up, so keep your eyes peeled!

Fresh Blood this month is The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. Crime writer and Crimesquad reviewer, Sheila Bugler loved this new debut and basically demanded that Wrobel’s novel deserved the Fresh Blood spot. Who am I to argue with such passion!

Reviews this month includes a number of new writers alongside established writers. They include Agatha Christie, James Patterson, James Oswald, Sally Spencer plus many more.

Classic Crime will feature Ruth Rendell and one of my favourite Rendell’s… A Sight For Sore Eyes. For me, Teddy Brex is one of Rendell’s best and menacing creations. Not because he is evil, but he is misguided, unlearned, and even though it was something we had not quite grasped back in 1998, possibly autistic. This is one of those books I have read several times over the years and every time I get something new from it. This time was the obsessive behaviour of Francine’s stepmother, Julia which is so intense. Regardless if you’re new to Rendell’s work or an old fan like me, then this is certainly one of her best from her latter output and one to savour.

Events features the omnibus edition of three Maigret novels from the master of observation, Georges Simenon. These three novels from the Folio Society comes in a very smart slipcase. Perfect for any lover of these great stories.

Top Ten will be back soon! For now, you can still see some of the Christmas books we highly recommended.

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.