I am not going to go on (again) about the coming festive season and how so many people keep saying how ‘it has come around so quickly’. If, like me you embrace Christmas even though you feel you have been caught with your pants round your ankles, then don’t worry – as I am not going to harp on about the festive season and the ton of books now on sale – making it even more difficult which one to buy. To make things easier the team at Crimesquad.com have put together a Top Ten of crime that we have either read and would buy someone for their stocking (do people still put presents in stockings these days?) or books we would like to find for ourselves under the Christmas tree. They are the ten that we feel would appeal to many readers of crime fiction. So, if you’re a fan or simply looking to buy for someone but not sure what that person would like, then hopefully our Xmas Top Ten will help. And, of course, we all at Crimesquad.com wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas!
Moving swiftly on I am going to write about an exciting event coming up in March 2014. ‘Crime and Publishment’ is for those budding writers who want to find a few pointers and to sharpen their craft in the art of writing. This weekend which starts on the 7th March in Lockerbie, Scotland is a wonderful environment to learn from experts of their craft how to become a published writer. At the end of the weekend there will be a session where writers will be invited to pitch their book to an agent.
Author of the Month in December is a previous honoured ‘Author’ – the newly christened M.G. Gardiner. Gardiner is back with a standalone thriller called 'The Shadow Tracer' which is a storming race for survival. If you love Lee Child then reach for Gardiner. These books have been praised by Stephen King himself - high praise, indeed!
Fresh Blood is Alastair Gunn and his crime fiction debut, ‘The Advent Killer’. This is one of the few books I have been champing at the bit to read since hearing about it back in April. And I was not disappointed. With snow forecast this week and Christmas around the corner - this is the perfect time to read this Fresh Blood debut.
Reviews is packed – so much so that I can’t put them all on in one go! Some have been held back and will be put on during the coming weeks. However, for starters you have new releases from Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich and Hakan Nesser along with new writers on the block, Matthew Pritchard, Carla Norton and Anders de la Motte. And more will be added during the month, so be sure to come back or follow us on Twitter to be notified of the latest additions to the website.
Classic Crime in September will be the superb Sheila Radley who has been brought back in to the limelight by BelloBooks re-issuing her wonderful Quantrill series of mysteries in book and e-book. A new candidate for Classic Crime will be up on Crimesquad.com soon.
The team at Crimesquad.com have put submitted the book they would either give as the perfect Christmas present for a crime reader, or the book they would love to find in their stocking on the big day. If you’re a crime fan who wants to know what comes highly recommended or someone who wants to buy the crime fan in their life a book for Christmas, then check out our Xmas Top Ten Xmas Top Ten
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