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Detectives, mysteries, and some thrills and spills along the way. Crime novels don’t just entertain, they surprise you as they take you along on the journey of deducing who did it, why they did, and how!

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For those unfamiliar with Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, they are the detective duo of the modern era. Like Holmes and Watson, or Poirot and Hastings, it’s the personalities of these two that really make this series of books rather special. However, no agony has been spared for the other details required for the very […]

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The Sanatorium is a neat blend of detective fiction, psychological discomfort, and blizzard-swept house of horror. After a cinematic introduction that introduces the building and the horror element, we meet our protagonist, Elin. She’s a detective on a break following a rough case back home in the UK and her backstory forms the focal point […]

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Following an earth-shattering cataclysmic event, civilisations resets minus a couple of hundred years of knowledge. Horses, steam, and clockwork drive a nineteenth-century society that has a brutal class divide between the upper-class Silkers and working-class Threaders. This is the backdrop for a superbly adventurous mystery novel featuring Michael Banyard and Josiah Mingle. The story follows […]

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A macabre airfield, self-isolation, and a scenic picnic offer the backdrop for ace duo Poe and Tilly as a collection of short stories from M. W. Craven lands on our bookshelves this September. The three shorts are Killing Field, Why Don’t Sheep Shrink, and Dead Man’s Fingers – and we were lucky enough to have […]

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With two highly applauded books in the Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw series already in the line-up, The Curator would have to be a superb story to avoid disappointing fans of M. W. Craven’s newest detective duo. So, can the third installment maintain the standard set by The Puppet Show and Black Summer? Having donned […]

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For this article, I’ve done something drastic. I haven’t done this before, but I’m convinced it’s the right thing to do. I’m going to tell you about a book I haven’t yet finished. My motivation for such inexcusable behavior is twofold. Firstly, if I wrote anything that would detract from the ending in this book […]

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Gareth Powell is a name you might have associated with award-winning dystopian steampunk novels featuring a cigar-chomping monkey, or perhaps with intergalactic science-fiction. I certainly did; until I got sucked into the genre-blender that contained the highly addictive smoothie titled Ragged Alice. Let’s not beat about the bush. I finished this in one go because […]