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May Author of the Month is C.L. Taylor with her thumping new novel, Sleep. This is one of those rare books that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the final page has been turned. Well, that’s what happened to me one afternoon. Anything else that needed to be done that afternoon was swept to the side as page after page slipped quickly by, my brain wanting to do anything but sleep… I just needed to know what was going to happen next! Check out my review and C.L. Taylor’s Q&A now online. I guarantee Sleep will keep you awake!!

Fresh Blood remains as James Delargy in May. His fascinating debut, 55 is based in a small town in the Australian outback. Since Jane Harper’s debut, The Dry, this setting has become attractive to a number of other writers. Here, Delargy uses the unforgiving landscape as the basis for his thriller – a tale of two men accusing the other of being a serial killer. Both their stories match the others. Who is telling the truth? Is one as guilty as the other? This is a suspenseful novel which will has an ending I have never read before and one that will bounce around in your head days after finishing this stunning debut.

Reviews this month includes a number of new writers alongside established writers. They include Neil Spring, Ambrose Parry, Sarah Hilary, Yrsa Siggurdardottir, Chris Carter and another case for Maigret from Georges Simenon.

Classic Crime will be online in the next few days. This time we will be celebrating that great Agatha Christie classic, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Events is finally to change… but that is only because I haven’t had much to say re: crime fiction. However, a conversation with Erin Kelly last month got me thinking about female crime writers, past and present, who have contributed to crimes within the home… or to give its current title: Domestic Noir. I will be including writers who I am sure you have read and hope to introduce a few you may not have read, but will have on your TBR list by the end of my piece. That will be online soon!

I am still putting together a Top Ten of books to hunt down in the first half of 2019, although I can’t believe we are in May already! I had hoped to get it done before now, but the books keep sifting and shifting as I read more books that have been a complete and utter surprise, but haven’t been on my radar! It has left me scratching my head as some that have promised much, delivered little and vice versa. I promise I will nail down this Top Ten soon… unless another unexpected gem suddenly rolls up and takes me by surprise! That is the joy of finding a great book you didn’t even know existed until you open up that first page.

Top Ten

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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.