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Crime and Publishment is due to begin on Friday 6th March and will feature a plethora of great crime writers including Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone, Neil White and R.C. Bridgestock. This will be its third year and has been a resounding success. Pioneered by Crimesquad.com reviewer and soon to be published author, Graham Smith conceived this idea due to his passion for the genre. I am so looking forward to not only finding out tips on writing within the crime genre, but to mingle with like-minded people who all hold a great passion for this genre within their hearts. For each and every one of us, we will be looking forward to stoking that fire in our bellies to write a great crime novel that will hopefully garner us fans across the globe.

The concept is well-known authors giving talks and insights in to the art of writing. Matters such as how to keep your reader turning those pages of your book and how to blend in real events in to your piece of fiction will be discussed this year. There is an ex-Superintendent who will be able to give insight in to police procedures. There will also be help on selling your novel and writing a synopsis. The weekend finishes up with attendees pitching to an agent, (this year it will be David Headley of DHH Literary Agency and co-owner of Goldsboro Books in London) and being given advice on their material and/or being asked to send in a sample of their book. How could any budding writer refuse such an opportunity!

There are a few places available, so click on the link and book your place.

Crime and Publishment

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. Crimesquad.com 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 January is Donít Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli. January saw the release of Mordecai 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. Crimesquad.com 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 Crimesquad.com's nine years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!
 

If you have any comments or have a particular author you would like to see highlighted on this website please e-mail me at chrissimmons@crimesquad.com.

Chris Simmons
Online Editor.