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This may well be of interest to all you budding crime and thriller authors out there: INTRODUCING THE SECOND AUTHONOMY WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: CRIME AND THRILLER WRITING On Saturday 11th December 2010, authonomy.com will go live once again for the next in its fantastic series of writing workshops. The first workshop ran in July and was […]

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Slightly belated from me, but the shortlist for the 2010 Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award was announced a few days ago. The £3,000 prize, organised by the Crime Writers’ Association and sponsored by the estate of Ellis Peters and publishers Headline and Little, Brown, awards the best historical crime novel (set in any period up […]

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With James Forrester’s Sacred Treason published on Thursday 5th August, Crime & Publishing has a copy of this Elizabethan historical thriller to be won [read a review of it here]. To enter, subscribe to Crime & Publishing, become a follower of the blog’s twitter page and retweet the following – Copy of James Forrester SACRED TREASON […]

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With the 2010 Theakstons Harrogate Crime Writing Festival having just finished this past weekend, The Yorkshire Post has exclusive audio from some of the talks that happened over the four days. Follow the link here to listen to extracts from authors including Val McDermid, Joanne Harris and Karin Slaughter, amongst others. Hope that you enjoy.

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My computer ate it, miss…

Bloody computers. I had my review of Tess Gerritsen’s The Killing Place all but written a couple of weeks ago, only for my laptop [which, it has to be admitted, had been playing up for months] to stop working. At least now I know that backing up my files once a week isn’t enough [although […]

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John Drake’s latest novel, Skull and Bones, has just been published and his previous two novels in the series, Flint and Silver and Pieces of Eight have been re-published with brand new covers [which look great – the previous cover art kind of reminded me of a YA or Fantasy title]. I read, and enjoyed, […]

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The Crime Writers’ Association have announced the shortlists for the International Dagger, the Non-Fiction Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, the Short Story Dagger and the Debut Dagger categories. The second set of CWA Daggers — the John Creasey (New Blood), Ian Fleming Steel and Gold Daggers — will be awarded at a televised ceremony […]

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After a fiercely fought online contest, the ‘One Book, One Twitter’ campaign has a winner – Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The aim is to get as many people around the world to read and talk about one book. I love American Gods [I even wrote about it during my Master’s dissertation], and will definitely be dusting off […]

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In the beginning…

When I decided to start a book review blog, I must admit that planning which books I would review first wasn’t considered for any particular length of time. Instead I picked, in theory randomly, from the tottering pile of novels pruned from my already overcrowded bookshelves. It was only as I reached the third book […]

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