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If you’ve read any of VS Kemanis’s previous Dana Hargrove legal thrillers, you’ll be familiar with her lively, interesting cast of characters. There’s Dana, a former prosecutor, now a judge in Manhattan’s criminal court system. There’s Cheryl Hargrove, her sister, a successful actor who plays a district attorney on the popular television programme, Plain Justice.
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It’s a great season for new YA graphic novels, nonfiction, and comics! We’re seeing way more original DC comic stories from standout YA writers (Laurie Halse Anderson writing a Wonder Woman story? YES PLEASE!), some excellent new standalone original works, and sequels to beloved series releasing in April–June of 2020. Get ready to preorder away!
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There’s nothing better than a well-written memoir to take you on an emotional journey. A good writer can turn any personal story into an entertaining and meaningful tale, and these writers of recent memoirs and essay collections have done just that. Each of these 2020 new memoirs are sure to make you laugh out loud,
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Australia can lay claim to some pretty good exports – think Kylie Minogue, Vegemite, didgeridoos and Hugh Jackman for starters – but of late my favourite has been the wealth of crime writing talent that has made the trip from its shores to our book shelves and e-readers. Aussie-set bestsellers include Scrublands by Chris Hammer,
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If you’re a person who menstruates, then you probably know what I mean by period day. They’re those days when your period knocks you out, when you’re exhausted and aching and have cramps or a backache or whatever other nonsense your body decides to throw at you. Even with drugs and a hot water bottle,
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With many parts of the world on lockdown due to Covid-19, reading is one potential escape from the tense situation going on around us. Crime isn’t everyone’s cup of tea at times like this – it can mess with your head – but for crime fiction lovers like us it’s certainly comforting to sit back
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Honoring the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, the International Booker Prize has announced its 2020 shortlist. This year’s shortlist features titles translated from five languages: Spanish, German, Dutch, Farsi, and Japanese, with authors who hail from six countries. The prize is awarded every year to a single book translated into English
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The third book in Tom Bouman‘s Henry Farrell series has arrived, and it takes us back to Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania. The place has a fitting name. Sitting deep in the woods, nature is on everyone’s doorstep. Sometimes, it’s at their necks. Which is exactly how The Bramble and the Rose begins, as Farrell is called
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Wizarding World, the franchise consisting of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe, announced on Twitter that a number of resources will be made available to fans of the series in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  In a more detailed announcement on their website, Wizarding World wrote, “During the strange times we now find ourselves
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Written by Harlan Coben — In a world where crime novel reading can sometimes feel a little samey, here’s an author you can always rely upon to come up with something that bit different. So meet Wilde, the boy from the woods of the title. He’s an attractive loner who lives in an eco-capsule in
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American icon Dolly Parton has some much-needed good news for all of us: she’ll be reading weekly bedtime stories during these difficult times. Is there anything more uplifting than Dolly Parton reading children’s books? The 10-week program called “GoodNight With Dolly” will feature Parton reading children’s books every week. The program kicks off on Thursday,
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Written by AJ Sidransky —World War II and the excesses of the Nazi regime have provided endless inspiration for crime and thriller writers. While I’ve read my share of books set in that era, I rarely find one with a fresh and appealing story line that equals AJ Sidransky’s in this new political thriller.  
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On the Radar — It’s pretty exciting when an author like Don Winslow drops you a line. We received a letter from the author last week telling us about how he’s doing the literary equivalent of changing his event. Known for his marathon crime stories set down on the US-Mexico border, he has decided to
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Written by Chris Nickson — The publication of The Molten City comes as Chris Nickson is celebrating 10 years of writing historical crime fiction set in Leeds. His output covers every decade from the 1890s to the 1950s and he has written a number of series. In this book he returns to Detective Superintendent Tom
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Written by Douglas Skelton — Can it be a whole year since we first met reporter Rebecca Connolly in Thunder Bay in the wilds of Scotland? It certainly is, and we’re well overdue a catch up! After her adventures on the island of Stoirm, we find Rebecca back at her desk at the Highland Chronicle,
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Written by Simone Buchholz, translated by Rachel Ward — German crime author Simone Buchholz has won numerous awards for her noir thrillers. Her most recent book, an energetic police procedural, is newly translated into English and won the German Crime Fiction Prize in 2019. Like Buchholz’s previous two novels, Mexico Street features public prosecutor Chastity
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Written by Kathy Reichs — We’re at book 19 featuring forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance ‘Tempe’ Brennan, and as A Conspiracy of Bones opens, our heroine is at home in North Carolina recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm. It’s the first sign that this novel is a little different from all the rest. Tempe’s brain isn’t
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Coronavirus or not, the members of the Crime Fiction Lover team are used to reading and writing in isolation. So an unexpected email from Denmark came as a welcome surprise. Sparpedia.dk has named our site as one of the Top 20 Novel and Books Blogs of 2020 and we’re thrilled and delighted! “I can feel
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