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Author of the Month for February is Sarah Pinborough. She is a well-known author who strides many different genres. She has produced a horror book, (her first published novel), written a futuristic crime trilogy and also Y.A. novels, amongst others. Now she has produced Behind Her Eyes which many are touting as THE crime novel of the year. There have been many novels in recent years which have been hailed as the ‘new Gone Girl’. Despite such claims, I always feel it is down to the reader if a book lives up to such hype. Also, I think that any book should stand on its own merit rather than be ‘like another book’. However, having said that, intrepid writer and reviewer, Michael Wood told me that the hype for Pinborough’s new book is fully justified. Such was his admiration for this new novel that it would have been churlish of me not to ask him if he would recommend Sarah as AotM and Michael leapt at the chance. You can decide if you agree with him and many others when you read this book which has a ‘take your breath away’ twist. Enjoy.

Fresh Blood was nominated by reviewer and crime writer, (I know! Another one!) Graham Smith. He praised The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe. Again, who am I to argue when someone demands… Graham is a true Scotsman and doesn’t suggest, but demands!... that a book he has just read will be Fresh Blood in February. I may have my own ideas for AotM and FB in my mind, but I get more excited when another reader raves about and heaps praise on a book I hadn’t considered? These are the ones that are the surprising gems, undiscovered until someone finds it and holds it in front of your face so you can also see its many faceted wonders – just like that proverbial gem. That is why I love doing so much. Over the past twelve years, collectively we have unearthed some wonderful hidden gems from authors who have become very well established already. This latest from Howe, an Executive Director of the New York based, ThrillerFest, is a crime fiction lover from head to toe – and now has her own book to her name. Another gem uncovered and celebrated by Graham on!

We have a bumper number of fantastic Reviews from all the Crimesquad team including the likes of Tony Black, Louise Phillips, Eva Dolan, Simon Kernick, Tana French and Chris Simms. Also included are two new stunning debuts from Jane Harper and Fiona Cummins – both of which deserve a special mention. More new reviews will go online during February.

The Penguin microsite features Nuala Ellwood and her debut crime novel, My Sister’s Bones. This has already garnered great reviews from many other psychological Domestic Noir writers and has been claimed as on a par as ‘The Girl on the Train’. Kate Raffer is reporting from war-torn Aleppo when she receives news of her mother’s death. Back home at the old family home, Kate is woken during the night to a chilling scream. Soon, old family secrets threaten to tumble out…

Penguin Microsite

Classic Crime for February is George Bellairs. I have been collecting this man’s books from various second hand bookshops over the years and it is great to see them being re-printed. The British Library has released a double helping of Bellairs with the publication of The Dead Shall Be Raised and The Murder of a Quack. So, you have two helpings of D.I. Littlejohn for the price of one book!

Top Ten is on hiatus for the moment, but will be back!

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 amount of books during's twelve 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.