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James Lee Burke, Light of the World is best Western novel

James Lee Burke’s novels have become more expansive of late, conjuring up ever more evil opponents and becoming ever more reminiscent of the battles of the Old West.  It’s not surprising then that Light of

Louise Penny mystery sells

 Louise Penny’s latest Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel has had a terrific take up with a No 1 slot on the New York Times bestseller list. The Scorpion Press edition with the impressive marbling

Short Personal Tribute to Margaret Yorke

Margaret Yorke died in November 2012 aged 88. I met her at several crime writer events some twenty years ago and we kept in touch for the occasional project. She was a keen advocate

Is Spy Fiction back?

Agents of Treachery: Spy Stories edited by Otto Penzler, Corvus 2010 Since the mid 1990s espionage or spy fiction has been a thin market. The sinews of the Cold War and the games of misinformation

Lee Child Wins the Diamond Dagger

For the legions of fans that look forward to the annual ‘Jack Reacher fix’ it will come as no surprise that Lee Child is to honoured with the Crime Writers Association life time achievement

For his 65th birthday Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell releases new video

Since the Swede Henning Mankell won the CWA Gold Dagger for Sidetracked some 12 years ago he has become a celebrated crime and thriller with a British adaptation of the successful Wallander books and