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Happy New Year to all our readers. We all thank you for your continued support (and visits) to and look forward to bringing you many more wonderful crime novels from authors new and old. All the best for 2015!

Author of the Month for 2014 is Christobel Kent and The Crooked House. This is a claustrophobic read centring on an isolated village on the east coast of England. As with Kent’s main protagonist, I felt that I could not escape the bleak marshland surrounding Saltleigh and could only stay until the horrible truth had been spilled. This is a mesmerising tale of past sins and the ability to control. A truly sinister piece of work that will keep you captivated until the last page!

Fresh Blood is the new crime debut from Paula Hawkins who after writing a few romance novels has turned her hand to the psychological crime novel to astonishing effect. There has been great fanfare about this title and it is certainly justified. Check out the review on Fresh Blood. Even before we get 2015 underway we already have a very strong book out that looks as though this year will be a vintage year for crime fiction!

Reviews in January include Kathy Reichs, Sheila Bugler, C.J. Box, Patricia Highsmith and many more. And others will be added throughout the month.

Check out the new Penguin microsite which will have a round-up of all the best titles from Penguin out in 2014!

Penguin Microsite

Classic Crime in January is A Perfect Match by Jill McGown. The Lloyd and Hill series started in 1983 and ended due to McGown’s premature death, thirteen books later in 2004. After McGown’s death in 2007, her books quickly fell out of print. Thankfully, MacMillan’s sister company, Bello Books has now re-issued all of the Lloyd and Hill books for a new audience to enjoy. McGown was a great plotter and she cited Agatha Christie as a great influence. In some of the books, (Redemption and Scene of Crime, in particular,) you can feel the spirit of Christie looming greatly in McGown’s plotting. Now all thirteen are back in print which is cause for celebration.

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
Online Editor.