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Author of the Month for August is Stephen Booth. Celebrating his 15th novel in the Cooper and Fry series, it was decided by huge fan and reviewer, Michael Wood that The Murder Road was definitely worthy of being given the prestigious Author of the Month accreditation. Booth’s books are not simple police procedurals, but are psychological studies of the reason why someone is pushed over the edge to commit the ultimate crime. You can see from Stephen’s Q&A that he is a big fan of Ruth Rendell who herself was more interested in the ‘why’ than the ‘how’.

Fresh Blood for August is J.S. Law and his claustrophobic debut, Tenacity. Drawing on his own experiences within the Royal Navy and his time working on submarines, Law has produced ‘Tenacity’ which introduces Danielle (Dan) Lewis who is literally underwater in a small tube with a bunch of men who are determined to show Lewis she is definitely out of her depth. I thought this was a stunning debut, showing a closed world that is steeped in mystery and subterfuge.

For those of you planning or just about to jet off to sunnier climes, then cast your eye over our Reviews. We have new novels from some of the greats currently operating in crime fiction from Sara Paretsky to Arnaldur Indridason to Chris Carter. And we have a bunch of new kids on the block who are arriving thick and fast and delivering solid and stunning debuts. There are plenty of great novels for any ardent reader while you cook nicely under the Mediterranean sun.

The Penguin microsite currently features Tim Weaver. What Remains is the sixth in his David Raker series which has earned Weaver bestseller status. Even with only his sixth book, Weaver already has a legion of devoted fans. If you haven't read his books yet, then get a wriggle on and buy this new book today!

Penguin Microsite

Check out the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival microsite for all the news and photos from the festival which by all accounts was one of the best. Don’t forget to read the interviews with Arnaldur Indridason, Sara Paretsky, Hakan Nesser and a privilege interview with the charismatic Lee Child.

Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival

Classic Crime in August is the Queen of the Espionage novel, Helen MacInnes. Emma Murphy has written a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to this woman who made a name for herself in such a male-dominated genre. Not only did her husband work for MI6, but her books were so accurate that copies were used for training purposes in the downfall of Hitler during the Second World War. Titan Books have re-issued MacInnes' books and now is a great time to discover this amazing author.

June Author of the Month, Laura Wilson was kind enough to put her thinking cap on and deliver her Top Ten crime novels. These really are a feast for any crime aficionado. Here is what Laura had to say about choosing her Top Ten.

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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