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Author of the Month for March is Peter Swanson who burst on the crime scene in 2014 with his debut, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart. With his second novel, The Kind Worth Killing he has made a huge leap from debut author to someone who has swiftly made his mark on the crime genre. Read the rave review for Swansonís new offering Ė I am sure it will make you want to read it immediately!

Fresh Blood is the new crime debut from Helen Cadbury. To Catch a Rabbit won the Inaugural Moth Northern Crime Competition and the book was published a few years back. Now it has been slightly tweaked and re-issued by Allison and Busby in a new format. Not everyone gets a second bite of the cherry with their debut, so Cadbury must be chuffed to be so honoured. reviewer, Michael Wood loved this novel as its starring role goes to the lowly ranked PCSO, Sean Denton. In Michaelís words, Cadbury has turned the detective novel on its head and is a stunning start to a gripping series. Now is a great time to climb on-board with the second novel appearing this July.

My goodness me, there is so much great crime fiction out there that we can't find anything that comes in below a four rating!! Reviews in March include the fifth novel in the juggernaut McLean series by James Oswald, the latest from Peter May who gave us the Lewis trilogy, the phenomenally addictive Simon Kernick plus James Carol, Martin Walker and many others. More will be added throughout March.

The Penguin microsite currently features James Oswald. The McLean series was a huge success when it first appeared as an e-book. With Penguinís direction this series has become a huge success with massive sales. Have you climbed on the Oswald juggernaut yet?

Penguin Microsite

Classic Crime in March is Donít Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli. January saw the release of Mortdecai featuring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. Although not critically acclaimed, the film has raised awareness for this character and the books written by Bonfiglioli which have become cult classics. reviewer, Jim Gracie wrote that the first in the series made him laugh out loud. Always a good sign with a crime novel with a dash of wicked humour. If you have seen the film or not, these books have been praised by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and are definitely worth investigating.

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you canít 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.