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CIS: My classics by Ruth Ware

Take one hen party containing some women with very different personalities, add in varying degrees of closeness and inclusivity, layer with a few dark secrets, and you have author Ruth Ware’s debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood which came out earlier this year. The tagline…
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CIS: My classics by Arne Dahl

When Swedish literary author Jan Arnald writes crime fiction, he uses the name Arne Dahl. His books about Stockholm’s Intercrime Squad – such as The Blinded Man, Bad Blood and To the Top of the Mountain – are being translated into English and gaining plenty…
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Gollancz Fest 2014: Ben Aaronovitch

There are plenty of book events to visit in the UK and beyond (including Iceland Noir in November), but today publisher Gollancz took a bold step with its inaugural virtual festival featuring dozens of its authors on social media. And there was plenty of interest…
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The Whitehall Mandarin

Written by Edward Wilson — For crime readers with a penchant for espionage, there’s a select band of authors to explore ranging from young turks Charles Cumming and Chris Morgan Jones to veterans John le Carré, Alan Furst and Charles McCarry. Within a few pages…
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A classic revisited: Call for the Dead

For 53 years, David Cornwell has been publishing under his pseudonym John le Carré. He originally adopted the name because he was writing about fictional spies while toiling in his day job for the British Intelligence Service. Such literary excursions probably wouldn’t be allowed today….
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CWA votes on best crime novel ever

Remember, remember the fifth of November. In the UK it’s the day when we recall Guy Fawkes, and the Gunpowder Plot, and reanact the anti-Catholic pogroms that followed by chucking ‘The Guy’ on the bonfire. The Crime Writers’ Association has something even more incendiary planned…
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CIS: Your classics

Last week, we called out for all our readers, followers and friends out there to tell us what your favourite classic crime fiction novels are. We’ve had a great response, including submissions from top authors who themselves have been inspired by the books they’ve nominated….
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CIS: The Labyrinth Makers

Written by Anthony Price — With a history dating back to the mid-19th century – or even further, depending on who you ask – the crime fiction genre has seen all sorts of trends over the decades, and given birth to a dozen or more sub-genres….
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