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Written by Jørn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce — Best-selling Norwegian author Jorn Lier Horst, the modern master of the police procedural, has penned another winner with the second instalment of his Cold Case Quartet. Like the first book in the series, the Petrona Award-winning Katharina Code, a current crime intersects with a cold case
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Written by Chris Hammer — We first met this author and his creation the world-weary journalist Martin Scarsden in the excellent debut novel Scrublands. With that novel shortlisted for the 2019 CWA John Creasy New Blood Dagger, Hammer and Scarsden are back and somehow it feels like they’ve never been away. Silver opens just a
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If you like to unwind by reading a good romance novel or watching one of those addicting home renovation shows, we have great news—you no longer have to choose between the two. There’s a whole sub-genre of books that bring both of your guilty pleasures into one entertaining combo: renovation romance.  That’s right. If you
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On the Radar — Our weekly new books column returns with the latest from UK author Kerry Wilkinson, whose psychological thriller kicks off with a fascinating premise – the killer’s victim is somehow still alive. But that’s not all. We’ve got cosy, we’ve got historical, we’ve got noir, we’ve got Scandinavian crime fiction. What more
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The Dublin Murder Squad series of crime novels by Tana French are being adapted for television by the BBC and RTE. Starting on Monday 14 October, BBC One will be broadcasting The Dublin Murders, a crime show based on the books In the Woods and The Likeness. With a dark and creepy vibe, the eight-episode
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Maybe you saw the recent article on Instagram-famed Caroline Calloway and dug up your Instagram account to see what was up. Maybe you’re a huge fan of the app and spend a good amount of your day refreshing your feed and connecting with other users. And maybe you have watched the follower counts of Instagram
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Written by Hannelore Cayre, translated by Stephanie Smee — This fantastic novel, first published in France only two years ago, has already won the European Crime Fiction Prize and the Grand Prix de Literature Policiere. Isabelle Huppert will star in the film adaptation coming next year. Written as a memoir, The Godmother tells the story
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Written by SJI Holliday — So you like travel and meeting new people? Consider this a fair warning. SJI Holliday’s latest travel thriller will make you reconsider your next chance encounter with a seemingly innocent fellow traveller. Laura breaks her leg in a freak accident and cancels her plans to travel on the Trans-Siberian Express
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Michelle Obama is back with a companion guided journal to her 2018 bestseller, Becoming! Kirkus reports that Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House, announced the forthcoming journal, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, set for release on November 19. The publisher said the journal will be chock full of insight, with “more than
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Finnish author Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia is far more than a peculiar crime caper – it has a far deeper meaning, which you’ll discover when you read this exemplary Scandinavian crime novel. Set in a small town near the Russian border, the book centres on Joel Huhta, minister to his congregation and, for the time
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Sponsored by Flatiron Books These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. An Unnecessary Woman: A Novel by Rabih Alameddine for $1.99.
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In this debut technothriller, cyber expert Tom Chatfield brings his hacker-hero Azi Bellow out of the shed where he dwells and into the real world, to help his online friend Sigma. Trying to expose a terrorist plot, she’s offended people in the darkest corner of the Dark Web, a site called Gomorrah. With questionable aid
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What they’re reading: Kelsey Miller Posted by Lily, Associate Editor on December 17, 2018 When a rumor recently surfaced that Netflix was pulling “Friends” from its lineup at the end of the year, Twitter collectively lost its mind. No need to panic yet (Netflix has the rights to the ’90s phenomenon till the end of
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On the Radar — Sometimes we’ve got to stay on our toes as we report on the latest crime fiction releases. The press copy of Silver by Chris Hammer went around with an on sale date of 9 January attached, but we ran our routine checks on it and spotted that the Kindle version has
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The best romance covers of 2018 Posted by Savanna, Assistant Editor on December 13, 2018 This is always one of my favorite posts to put together—who wouldn’t want to gaze at shirtless men and glorious gowns? But this year’s list was particularly fun in that the noble art of the romance cover has been going
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If there are book lovers who read more books than romance fans, well, I don’t know who they are. And this makes romance readers the perfect candidates for a subscription box to feed the need to read. And we have a six-month subscription for Fresh Fiction, which includes 5-7 new romance titles in every box.
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Written by Elizabeth Haynes — Seeds for this compelling historical crime mystery by Elizabeth Haynes were planted when the author stumbled across documents in the National Archives in Kew relating to an obscure mid-1840s murder. These documents include an 1843 inquest report and, some three years later, correspondences between a member of the local coroner’s
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Best Covers of 2018 Posted by Savanna, Assistant Editor on December 18, 2018 Every year, the BookPage editors get together to create the best books of the year list, but also its slightly more superficial stepsibling, the best covers list. It’s always a monumental undertaking to cut down and rank our extensive long list of
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Written by Fiona Kidman — Based on a true story of one of the last executions in New Zealand, Fiona Kidman’s historical crime novel about a young man found guilty of murder is a powerful question mark. When is the death penalty justified? How does politics affect ‘blind justice’? How hard does the system try
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Digital Dalliances: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy Posted by Savanna, Assistant Editor on January 08, 2019 Every month, we review the hottest new romance releases in our Romance column. But why let the print books have all the fun? In Digital Dalliances, we highlight digital-only releases guaranteed to heat up your eReader. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by
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Written by Paul D Brazill — Anyone already familiar with Brazill’s writing, or who has had a look at the many reviews of his work on our site, should be aware that he is not an everyday crime writer. He writes short fiction exclusively, ranging from flash fiction right through to novella length, ignoring novels.
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Book excerpt: ‘Through Fiery Trials’ by David Weber Posted by Savanna, Assistant Editor on January 16, 2019 Science fiction icon David Weber has been having a very busy few months—a new Honor Harrington novel was released in the fall, and Through Fiery Trials, the tenth installment in his extremely popular Safehold series just hit shelves
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Sponsored by Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon for $1.99. Get
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