Coming in November: plenty! World Crime focuses on Germany as a companion piece to last month’s Austrian list. Left Field is Michael Harvey’s new novel Pulse, a sci-fi crime thriller. There is no Crime Round-Up this month but it will be back early in December with a guide to Crime Novel Christmas Presents. The Top Ten features crime novels set in and around WWI as the centenary of the end of the war comes around this month. Golden Oldie is The Tea House Detective by Baroness Orczy, classic British crime writing. Reviews will include: The Land of the Living by Georgina Harding, The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith, Dirty Pictures by Patricia Ketola, and Death Rope by Leigh Russell. Blog ToursParis in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler (9th), The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman (9th), The Good Samaritans by Will Carver (13th), and A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman (21st).

October if you missed it: Book of the Month was the much anticipated new novel from C.J. Sansom, Tombland, the seventh Shardlake investigation. World Crime focused on Austria, including a review of the first novel in an exciting new thriller series set just after WWI in Vienna and featuring Inspector Emmeric, The Second Rider by Alex Beer. Left Field Crime was volume one of an historical epic set in the Ottoman Empire, Like a Sword Wound by Ahmed Altan. Crime Round-Up featured new American titles by African American authors in celebration of Black History Month. Top Ten featured great female detectives and Golden Oldie brought us two classic novels from Gil Brewer The Red Scarf and A Killer is Loose. Reviews included Ian Rankin’s In a House of Lies, Andrea Camilleri’s Death At Sea, Marc Raabe’s Homesick, Alan Glynn’s Under the Night, Kevin Stevens’ The Shinning River, Michael Farris’ The Fighter, andWilliam Boyle’s The Lonely Witness. Blog Tours: 5th The Black Prince by Adam Roberts, 11th Cold Breath Quentin Bates and two on the 28th Lilja Sigurdardottir’s Trap and Antti Toumainen’s Palm Beach, Finland.


Catch Black Earth Rising on the BBC iPlayer while you can. A dark, chilling thriller of genocide, duplicity, corruption, and real politic.

RIP Louis Cha Jing-Yong 10/3/18 to 30/10/18 known as Jin Yong, newspaper editor and writer. MacLehose Press published the first volume of his epic Kung Fu Wuxia series,  A Hero Born, in 2018 and a second volume, A Bond Undone, will be published early next year.

Book Festivals (random selection, all Nov): Dublin 15-18, Dulwich 7-11, Folkstone 16-25, MurderOneFest Dublin 2-4 and Todmorden 16-24.

New Releases:

Andreas Pflüger’s A Shadow Falls is the heart-pounding follow up to bestselling European thriller In The Dark, starring blind special ops agent Jenny Aaron. If Jenny is ever going to find peace, she must play psychopath Ludger Holm’s game to the bitter end. Head of Zeus.

Ken Bruen’s In the Galway Silence. In Ireland’s most distinctive crime fiction series, former cop Jack Taylor is up against a vigilante assassin who goes by the name ‘Silence’ – and the consequences quickly become personal. Head of Zeus.

Rachael Blok’s Under the Ice. It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake. Under The Ice by Rachael Blok is a tense, emotionally charged thriller from a brilliant new voice. Head of Zeus.

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer The Night I Died. Graphic Novel. Femme Fatales, organised crime and the most hard-boiled detective around. Titan Comics.

Baroness Orczy’s The Tea House Detective: The Old Man in the Corner. A sublime collection of mysteries from the golden age of British crime writing by the author of The Scarlett Pimpernel. Pushkin Vertigo.

Michael Harvey’s Pulse. Stranger Things meets The Departed, a highly original thriller. Daniel has powers he doesn’t understand and he can’t control. A sci-fi crime cross over. Bloomsbury.

Will Carver’s Good Samaritans. A phone call by a suicidal person is not as she thinks to the Samaritans. A very dark and dysfunctional love story. Orenda Books.

Chuck Caruso’s The Meaning of Blood and Other Takes of Perversity. A collection of dark, edgy stories. Even an innocent encounter can lead to death. Cloud Lodge Books.

Leigh Russell’s Death Rope. Mark Abbott is dead. His sister refuses to believe it was suicide, but only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel will listen. No Exit Press.

Jane Harper’s The Lost Man. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects… Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric. Digital only. Hardback next year. Little Brown Group.

Joe Ide’s Wrecked. Isaiah Quintabe–IQ for short–has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognized. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ’s PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook page, and IQ’s promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it’s not just the case Isaiah’s looking for, but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can’t see coming. Digital only. Hardback 2019. W&N.

Enjoy your reading!

Paul Burke
Nov 2018