‘The Voice of the Corpse’ by Max Murray
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by Lizzie
3d ago
Published by Galileo,   2 May 2024. ISBN: 978-1-91553031-8 (PB) This novel (first published in 1947) was the first of the 12 written by Murray, all but one having ‘corpse’ in the title. Angela Pewsey is worse than the village gossip; she spends all her time observing and spying on her fellow inhabitants and uses all the information she gleans in malevolent ways, including threatening letters, so the village is grateful when she is murdered in mid-afternoon by a blow to the head. Indeed, it is said that it was ‘the first time in many years that someone had done something in her vicinity a ..read more
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‘Sherlock Holmes and the Mycroft Incident’ by Linda Stratmann
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by Lizzie
5d ago
Published by Sapere Books, 10 May 2024 ISBN: 978-0-85495345-5 (PB) These early adventures of the young Sherlock Holmes are recounted in the memoirs of Arthur Stamford, the student doctor who shared Holmes’ adventures and acted as his biographer before Holmes met Doctor Watson. This story recounts the events that occurred following the first time Stamford meets Sherlock Holmes’ elder brother. Mycroft Holmes who works for the government, although he has not yet risen to the heights he later achieves when Doctor Watson was Holmes’ biographer. Stamford is a self-deprecating young man w ..read more
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Book Club Mysteries
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by Lizzie
5d ago
CAHOON, Lynn 2022 The Tuesday Night Survivors' Club  2022 Secrets in the Stacks CHASE, Erika 2022 Death in the Romance Aisle  2012 A Killer Read 2012 Read and Buried 2013 Cover Story 2014 Book Fair and Foul 2015 Law and Author 2019 Murder on Cape Cod  2021 Murder at the Taffy Shop  2021 Murder at the Lobstah Shack  2022 Murder in a Cape Cottage CONROY, Vivian 2017 Dead to Begin With (2017) 2017 Grand Prize: Murder! (2017) 2017 Written into the G ..read more
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BLOODY SCOTAND REVEALS FIVE HEADLINERS AHEAD OF 2024 PROGRAMME LAUNCH NEXT WEEK
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by Lizzie
6d ago
In a first for Bloody Scotland the festival reveals five headliners ahead of the programme launch at The Golden Lion in Stirling next week. Authors released as part of the festival’s inaugural ‘sneaky peek’ include: Richard Armitage  – Headlining the opening night on Friday 13th September, one of the UK’s most popular actors will be at The Albert Halls in Stirling to talk about his debut thriller, Geneva. His string of acting credits include The Hobbit, North and South, Into the Storm and Spooks. Ann Cleeves  – The creator of three outstanding crime series, two much-lov ..read more
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‘A Bullet For Rhino’ by Clifford Witting
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by Lizzie
1w ago
Published by Galileo Publishers, 25 April 2024. ISBN: 978-1-915530-27-1 (PB) First published in 1950, A Bullet for Rhino features a regular in Witting’s novels, Detective Inspector Harry Charlton, but he does not lead the investigation officially. He has been invited to a reunion at Mereworth School. Also present is Colonel Bernard Garstang VC, DSO, MC, a renowned but distinctly unappealing old boy who goes under the moniker of ‘Rhino’. He gained this name ‘not just because he was large and solid with a big head, but also because of his tendency to charge into everything, physically and menta ..read more
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‘How To Solve Your Own Murder’ by Kristen Perrin
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by Lizzie
1w ago
Published by Quercus, 26 March 2024.ISBN: 978-1-52943005-9 (HB) Twenty-five year old Annabelle (Annie) Adams has recently lost her job.  With encouragement from friend Jenny, she is pursuing her dream to become a murder-mystery writer.  Now lacking an income Annie has moved back in with her mother Laura, a famous painter who has fallen out of fashion but is in the process of relaunching her own creative career.  Mother and daughter share a large, if somewhat chaotic, house in Chelsea.  Their home comes courtesy of Laura’s wealthy aunt Frances Adams who prefers to dwell in ..read more
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CrimeFest 2024: Some Highlights.
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by Lizzie
1w ago
The 2024 CrimeFest conference was held at the Grand Mercure hotel in central Bristol. On Friday the first panel I attended was  A skeleton in the cupboard: Keeping Secrets The panel was skilfully moderated by Caroline England. Kaaron Warren said she loves ghosts. She went on to say that she liked to capture the truth and the secrets of elderly people who have a story to tell.  Felix Francis who writes mysteries with a racing background, said of horses, that both ends are dangerous and the middle uncomfortable. I concur with that. Mark Ellis talked abo ..read more
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SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR THE BLOODY SCOTLAND DEBUT PRIZE 2024
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by Lizzie
1w ago
sponsored by The Glencairn Glass Winner to be presented on Friday 13 September 2024 Launched in 2019, The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year. Previous winners include Claire Askew (2019), Deborah Masson (2020), Robbie Morrison (2021), Tariq Ashkanani (2022) and Kate Foster (2023) who has gone on to be longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024 and shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2024. The full shortlist for the 2024 Bloody Scotland Debut Prize is: Suzy Aspley with Crow Moon (Orenda). Suzy was born in South Shields and grew ..read more
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‘The Dinner Party’ by Rebecca Heath
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by Lizzie
1w ago
Published by Head of Zeus, 6 June 2024. ISBN: 978-1-80454610-9 (PB) This is a gripping and compelling mystery dealing with a 40 year old cold case of a missing child.  The story is partly revealed through a Podcast by someone connected with the original case.  The main characters are Amanda Callaghan the sister of the missing baby and her daughters Billie and Evie.  The incident happened at a neighbour’s dinner party one Summer evening in Australia in 1979.  The four couples at the party are all interviewed both at the time and at a follow up investigation 25 years later ..read more
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‘Guard Her with Your Life’ by Joy Ellis
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by Lizzie
2w ago
Published by Joffe Books, 21st February 2024. ISBN: 978-1-83526391-4 (PB) Guard Her with Your Life is a departure from Joy Ellis’s earlier books in that it is not only a novella but is also a standalone thriller which is not linked to any of her four existing series featuring Nikki Galena, Jackman and Evans, Detective Matt Ballard or Ellie McEwan. Sam Helsdown hasn’t seen his ten-year-old daughter in two years. After their divorce his ex-wife Julia has consistently refused to allow Zoe to return to Britain to stay with him but out of the blue, Julia writes to say she has a situation and ..read more
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