Thursday, 20 May 2010

Karen Rose No.2 in the Hardback Fiction Chart

Silent Scream by Karen Rose is No. 2 in the hardback fiction chart this week and there is a very good reason for this. Here is the my review of this bestselling book:

Silent Scream is the latest hardback from Karen Rose. It starts with an arson that goes wrong as an innocent young girl is killed. The four college students who set the fight thought that awful night was over with but someone else was there that night – someone who is not going to let them forget.

While fighting the fire, fireman David Hunter discovers the young girl’s body and a mysterious glass ball. When he goes to speak to the homicide detectives he comes face-to-face with Detective Olivia Sutherland, who he spent the night with two years previously. Drawn into the investigation personally and also professionally, David and Olivia search for the killer of the girl and also of the security guard who was shot at point blank range on the site.

The story unfolds from the blackmailer, arsonist and detectives points of view. Karen Rose does this brilliantly by setting the story over only a few days and timing everything which keeps the pace up and the tension throughout.

This is only the second Karen Rose that I’ve read but I will be reading more. There are three reasons for this: 1) Karen Rose writes with confidence about the detective work and also about the criminal mind, 2) she writes vividly about passionate romantic relationships without interfering with the main crime thriller storyline and 3) she connects each of her books by using a whole cast of characters who are all interlinked. David Hunter is the brother of one of the characters from Don’t Tell, Karen’s first book. But you don't have to read of them before it just means the more you read - the more your knowledge of Karen Rose's fantastic world is built up.

From what I’ve read you should also read I Can See You alongside Silent Scream (as characters and stories are closely linked) but do make sure that you add them to your reading pile, and soon.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Creepy posters for I Can See You...

Today Karen Rose's gripping new thriller, I Can See You, is out in paperback. And we wanted to show off our creepy and, hopefully, arresting (oh dear! But I couldn't resist it!) advertising campaign. If you travel on overground trains in London and the south-east you should spot this up at the moment. I can't wait for my train journey at the weekend as it always looks best in situ.

The book is about a killer who stalks his prey online by finding out their dreams, their fears and their vulnerablities - he gets into their lives through their computers. Don't read these at night alone (especially if you have a computer near by!). Also out at the same time is the hardback of Silent Scream - I'm reading this at the moment so look out for my review next week of a brilliant book about an arson that goes wrong when an innocent girl is killed...

Let us know what you think of the advertising and Karen's books.

Friday, 30 April 2010

The launch of The Anatomy of Murder

We have a guest post today from Headline's PR supremo Helena Towers, on the launch of The Anatomy of Murder. Enjoy!
"The first balmy day of the summer was particularly well timed for the launch of Imogen Robertson's second novel The Anatomy of Murder at Goldsboro Books on Wednesday night. It was a busy affair, so luckily lots of guests were able to spill out onto the courtyard to enjoy the warmer weather. For those of you who've not discovered them yet, Imogen Robertson has created two fantastic new detectives Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther, and Anatomy of Murder is their second adventure. The action moves from rural Sussex to London, so it was nice to think that there was some connection to the world in which the characters would have inhabited.

Lovely to see some of the brilliant crime reviews - Mike Stotter, Jake Kerridge and an inimitable Chris Simmons. Thanks must go to David at Goldsboro for launching the party and who has been so brilliantly supportive of Imogen. I'm always agog at quite how many books he manages to cram into such a small shop. It's so nice to talk to David, as someone who has so much passion and enthusiasm for books, and has used this to create such a vibrant business. Although there's so much excitement about reading devices at the moment - I saw my first ipad the other day, v.beautiful - it's nice to see just how majestic the old school hardback can be!"

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Headline at Harrogate

The Headline Crimefiles team are pleased to announce that we have four authors appearing at this year’s prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July.

Each year the biggest and the best in the business descend on the Yorkshire town of Harrogate to talk about all things crime fiction. From comic crime capers to serial killer thrillers all aspects of the genre are represented and we are delighted to be a part of this year’s festival.

We have bestselling authors Karen Rose and Joseph Finder flying in from the US, and UK writers Bateman and Imogen Robertson lined up for a number of workshops, panel events and all-important hosting duties at the murder mystery dinner.

To find out more about our authors at Harrogate check out their events below:

Joseph Finder
Thursday 22nd July, time 9.00-12.00pm: Creative Writing Workshop
Friday 23rd July, 10:30am to 11:30am: Chair of event 'A Scotsman, and Englishman, an Irishman and a Welshman walk into a bar…'
Saturday 25th July, 5.00pm to 6.00pm, panellist in 'Britannia Rules The Page' event

Colin Bateman
Friday 23rd July, 10:30am to 11:30am: panellist in 'A Scotsman, and Englishman, an Irishman and a Welshman walk into a bar…'
Saturday 24th July, 6.15pm to 8.00pm: host of a table at the ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’

Karen Rose
Saturday 24th July, 2.00pm to 3.00pm: panellist in ‘How Dark is Your Noir?’

Imogen Robertson
Saturday 24th July, 6.15pm to 8.00pm: host of a table at the ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’
And if you haven't booked your ticket yet, check out the Harrogate website.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Headline Bloggers Party and Crime quiz!

Headline Publicity hosted their first ever bloggers party on Wednesday 24th March, with authors Sean Cregan, Paul Magrs, Carole Matthews, Jonathan L Howard, Alex Bell and Dan Wells.

We had thirty of the most influential online reviewers attending from the crime, chick lit, literary fiction, ya, sci fi and horror genres. Our ‘fiendish’ quiz was won by visiting US author Dan Wells, who took a break from his hectic tour to lead the winning team of Kasi Collins and bloggers Liz de Jager, Jo Stapley, Rhys Jones and Sammee Hicks.

Check out a photo of the winning team below:

For all you crime lovers, check out an extended version of our quiz crime round below! Post your answers in the comments!

1) Who played Inspector Hercule Poirot in the 1978 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile?
2) Which bestselling novel by Martina Cole has recently been adapted for the stage?
3) Who played the role of Lisbeth Salander in the film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?
4) Which crime novelist previously worked for both M15 and M16 during the 1950s and 1960s?
5) Which female crime writer won the 2010 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award?
6) Which popular fiction writer won the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1996 with his novel Popcorn which satirises the film industry?
7) Which fictional street address is home to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes?
8) Nicci French is the pen name of which husband and wife writing team?

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Bateman shortlisted for Last Laugh Award

Headline crime star Colin Bateman has been shortlisted for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award for his brilliant novel The Day of the Jack Russell.

The prize, which will be awarded at the Crimefest Gala Dinner on 22nd May, is awarded to the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2009. To read more about the award click here.
Bateman has long been the crime writer’s writer of choice. Check out this endorsement from none other than Ian Rankin:
“I’ve been a fan of Colin Bateman ever since his first crime novel, and he just seems to get better and better. Not only are his books laugh-out-loud funny, but they are also guides to the changing face of Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular… In reading him, you’ll be transported to a place you’ll then want to visit for real”

Headline have three authors appearing at Crimefest: crime writing duo Michael Stanley (otherwise known as Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip) and thriller writer Matt Lynn. To find out more about Crimefest do check out their website.

Monday, 15 March 2010

From Cornwall with love... A peek inside the life of a writer

Check out this brilliant insight into the life of a writer from Anna Shevchenko who has just returned from a week of writing at the seaside. We are publishing the paperback of her debut novel Bequest this July. There have been some fantastic reviews for the hardback:

“AK Shevchenko’s arresting thriller is a timely window on Russia’s centuries-old suppression of the Ukrainian national spirit.”
Daily Telegraph

“… any reader who loves their thrillers tinged with a bit of sophistication, will find that Bequest glistens with as much gleam as a 24 carat nugget. I adore the inventiveness of the prose and the ingenuity of its author…I both welcome this new and exciting author to the literary stage, and eagerly await her second helping”
Robaroundbooks blog

“BEQUEST is an intriguing and enjoyable novel, dealing with the thriller theme with surprising subtlety of characterisation and plot... The plotting and different time-lines and perspectives are deftly handled by the author. This novel should appeal to fans of John Le Carre and David Downing who are interested in the post-Soviet era and I very much look forward to future books from this author.”
Eurocrime website

“a promising debut and I hope that Shevchenko is sitting on a treasure chest of stories from the land of her fathers - or indeed anywhere else.”
Material Witness Blog

“a genuinely through-provoking insight in to the casual brutality of Stalin’s Soviet Union”
Bookgeeks website

Food for thought by Anna Shevchenko

“You’ll love it, “ My friend assured me. “ Perfect for the writer’s block. You can try and hang with your head upside down, like Dan Brown, of course, but if this is not your thing, then - four hours on the train, half an hour on the bus – and you are at the end of the world. I mean it, by the way - it is only fourteen miles from Land’s End. And there is no mobile signal there...”
It was the mobile signal that tipped the balance for me, not sea views or coastal walks. I imagined the focus and creative wave the lack of mobile signal would bring.... I was hooked, there and then.

The coastal cottage was perfect, equipped with everything one could ever need, including a small canon in the garden, in case you had to fight off the pirates. And (bliss!) there was no mobile signal. And no food in a spotlessly clean fridge. And no shop in the village.
So, I found a perfect excuse to write off my first writing day : I had to wait at the bus stop for the lift to the nearest village shop.

It is amazing what you can discover in five minutes in a deserted village when you are hungry. That the buses today will not be running any more, for example; and there will be no Sunday bus service tomorrow either. And by the time I had walked three miles to the nearest shop, it would have closed as well. I also discovered that my shopless village happened to have a very presentable hotel down by the harbour, so my first dinner was sorted, and maybe, the rest of them as well?

My suspicions began to rise when I discovered that I was the only person in the restaurant. Sorry, I mean I was the only one dressed in my son’s “ Canada 2006 Rugby Tour” sweatshirt and walking boots. The restaurant was full : women in cashmere cardigans and pearls; men in expensive jackets. When I saw the bill for my three beautifully presented scallops, I realised that my new glasses’ prescription was long overdue. I would have seen the prices earlier.

My light bulb moment came the next morning. It is a fishing village, I have seen the boats and the nets. There must be fresh fish, then, and maybe a kind fisherman would find a couple of potatoes for me as well ...

“No fish at all ”, a smiling fisherman told me.
“But you must have caught something?” I pleaded.
“We have”, the fisherman agreed. “Cornish crab. Would you like some?”
“As much as possible”, I said enthusiastically. The crab was good. Exceptional even. Considering that it was destined to become my staple food for a week, I set up transforming it. During my shopping expedition to the nearest village I found enough ingredients for a week of crab recipes: crab and mayo sandwich; crab, apple and celery salad, fresh crab with baked potato...

With food sorted, I started organising my daily routine: watching the boats coming into the harbour in the morning, timing the green bus , that was supposed to pass the cottage every two hours and , of course, having a daily coastal walk. ( I had printed the “pleasant walks in the area” guide off the internet before the trip).

And now I have a dream. I want to meet a man who wrote that guide. Not to hit, not to shout, just to look him in the eye. Is he a super-fit commando? A professional helicopter pilot with penchant for hovering above the cliffs? Because to call sixty seven vertical steps and four cliff hanging steep inclines “a pleasant two mile walk” he has to be one of those two...I agree with him on one thing, however – the views were breathtaking. By the time I got to the top of the cliff, panting...You have the picture.

And as for the writing? It flowed. Fed by masochistic walks, no means of outside communication and, of course, the crab diet.

On day seven, as I typed in the last full stop and ate the last white fishy crumble, I looked out of the window. It was raining. The weather changed and the green bus was waiting. It was time to get back to civilisation.

As the bus was climbing up the hill, I turned to have a last glimpse of the sea, and realised how much I would miss this place. Its rugged beauty, its serenity and the simplicity of life without shopping and mobiles. I felt freer, fitter and happier. Even if the editor will cross out all the words I have written this week, I will always have this view for inspiration. And if everything else fails, the draft for a recipe book “Cooking with Crab”.

Forty minutes later I was standing in a Truro station cafe, studying dozens of filled baguettes and baps. “ Anything for you, love?” asked a sweet Cornish mermaid with green hair and two earrings in her nose.
“Thanks”, I sighed, exercising my vocal cords for the first time in days. “Nothing for me. Shame you don’t have the crab sandwiches...”