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February Author of the Month is Jane Harper and her superb follow-up to last years’ phenomenal success, ‘The Dry’ now releases the equally haunting, Force of Nature. This is a major and yet, subtle tour-de-force. Harper gives us a case, but delivers far more than an investigation. She digs deep, burrows right under the skin of her characters displaying all their faults and aspirations. This is truly an astounding original novel which readers will relish as much as her debut.

Fresh Blood for February is a chilling and very assured thriller called The Woman at the Window by A.J. Finn. Already there is a huge buzz about this book with its ‘Hitchcockian’ overtones. This really is a stunning book that had me flying through its pages at breakneck speed.

Reviews this month include James Oswald, Laura Marshall, Allan Watson, Lisa Gardner, Eva Dolan., More reviews will be online over the next few weeks.

Classic Crime will be on by next week and will feature the great Georges Simenon and a classic Maigret novel which are currently all being re-issued by Penguin.

That lovely man, Christopher Fowler has written a wonderful piece on his new release, The Book of Forgotten Authors for our Events page.

The Penguin microsite features C.J. Tudor to celebrate the release of The Chalk Man which we featured on the Fresh Blood page in January. If you haven’t picked up this brilliant title yet, then you are in for a real treat from this new crime kid on the block!

Penguin Microsite

Top Ten of our favourite books of 2017 is now online and features the books we all at loved and really gripped us. There are goodies for everyone and I am sure you will find something you may have missed in 2017!

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.