Murder Never Knocks

Written by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins — As the creator of the iconic PI Mike Hammer, hardboiled author Mickey Spillane needs no introduction.…

Fever City

Written by Tim Baker — A buzz has been building about this book, and it started long before its release, when the early copies went…

Hard Cheese

Written by Ulf Durling, translated by Bertil Falk — Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who hate women) became The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Polis, polis, potatismos! (Police,…

Headline Murder

Written by Peter Bartram — In this cosy mystery, Peter Bartram introduces us to a delightfully old fashioned journalist. Colin Crampton is the chief crime reporter…

Barlow by the Book

Written by John McAllister — John Barlow is the Royal Ulster Constabulary Station Sergeant in Ballymena, County Antrim. It’s 1960 and he is both respected and feared, depending on which…

A Book of Scars

Written by William Shaw — You have to feel sorry for Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen, the battered, bruised and emotionally confused cop in William Shaw’s series…

Mañana

Written by William Hjortsberg — Sometime between the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis and the murder of Meredith Hunter by Hells Angels…

Runaway

Written by Peter May — ‘Would you like to review the latest Peter May novel?’ the CFL boss asked. I replied with a phrase containing the…

Ghost Girl

Written by Lesley Thomson — In the second Detective’s Daughter mystery, accidental detective and owner of a cleaning business, Stella Darnell, inherits another case. Her father,…

Payton Edgar’s Agony

Written by MJT Seal — London, 1962. Payton Edgar is the restaurant critic of the London Evening Clarion. He is also an insufferable snob. Add…

Rose Gold

Written by Walter Mosley — It is the mid 1960s and in Los Angeles black folks have, to a degree, been replaced by young political…

CIS: The Quiller Memorandum revisited

In 1965, writing under the pseudonym of Adam Hall, Elleston Trevor published a thriller which, like Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale before it, was to herald a…

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A Song from Dead Lips

Written by William Shaw — Crime writers are occasionally given to complaining about how technology has made life harder when it comes to plotting. Many…

Heartman

Written by MP Wright — There is a deep irony from the outset in the setting of this book. We are in the wintry and…