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Best crime author of 2022 shortlist

What’s your poison when it comes to crime fiction books? Do you flit about like a butterfly from author to author or do you enjoy nothing more than getting stuck into a juicy series? Whatever your approach, there are some writers whose latest releases just…
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Marple: Twelve New Stories

While Agatha Christie eventually grew tired of Hercule Poirot, describing him as ‘an egocentric creep’ and devising a deeply divisive ending for him, she retained her affection for the far more personable Miss Jane Marple. From her first appearance in The Tuesday Night Club, a…
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1989 by Val McDermid

The 1980s are having something of a renaissance right now thanks to TV series like The Newsreader and Stranger Things. Just ask Kate Bush, whose 1986 hit Running Up That Hill took on a new life after featuring in the latter show on Netflix. Val…
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On the Radar: Party like it's 1989

The 1980s revival has been going on in music since… well… around 1991, but long have we been looking forward to the literary equivalent here in the crime fiction genre. Step forward, Val McDermid, to lead the way and be the Kate Bush of the…
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1979 by Val McDermid

What constitutes a historical crime novel? That’s something I mused upon while reading this book, the first in a new series from the queen of crime, Val McDermid, featuring journalist Allison ‘Allie’ Burns. Unsurprisingly, it is set in… 1979. But that’s only a handful of…
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