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...”

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


To celebrate the publication of her gripping emotional thriller Tell Tale, Sam Hayes has written an exclusive short story that is sure to send shivers down your spine. Read A Place at the Table here.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Now we've introduced you to her compelling brand of real life fiction read more from about Sam on her website. You can find news, blog posts and a brilliant video of Sam talking about the inspiration behind Tell Tale.

Tell Tale is published at the end of March, and follows the lives of three seemingly ordinary women each bound together by a secret in their past. The book also explores the very modern dangers behind social networking. Sam grabs your attention from the get-go in this timely thriller, and the fear and tension she creates will continue to lurk on the edges of your sub-conscious long after you’ve put this book down. There is a real twist in the tale as well, that will keep readers guessing till the very end! Grab your copy here.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Evidence is the launch title for First Capital Connect Book Club

It's the start of what promises to be a beautiful March and it is also a great month for crime fiction.

The most exciting news of the month is that Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman (see my review from February) has been picked as the launch book for the First Capital Connect book club which started yesterday.

Check out the book club website to read an extract of Evidence, receive an exclusive discount at WHSmith's railway station shops, review the book with the chance to get your hands on a copy Jonathan Kellerman's new hardback Deception, and enter a fantastic competition to win a holiday to LA.

Look out for posters and sampler giveaways coming soon.

Monday, 22 February 2010

The Top Ten British Thriller Writers from Headline author Matt Lynn

A founder of The Curzon Group of British thriller writers, Matt Lynn makes a personal selection of the ten best British thrillers:

One: The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope: Even though it was published in 1894, Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda remains as exciting as the day it first rolled off the presses. The story of a rather foppish young Englishman called Rudolf Rassendyll caught up in the palace and political intrigue of the imaginary state of Ruritania, it has conspiracies, mysteries and femme fatales galore. Much of the story admittedly may seem antique to modern readers – and it has more than a touch of the ripping yarn about it – but this book is the start of the action adventure genre. It tears off page one at a hundred miles an hour, and speeds up from there. After this book, thrillers had to be genuinely thrilling.

Two: The 39 Steps by John Buchan: It’s an obvious choice, but The 39 Steps is still the template for any thriller writer. It has all the ingredients to cook up a great adventure story: an ordinary hero plunged into a global conspiracy: a fantastic chase sequence: and a puzzle that has to be cracked to save the nation. Dan Brown would kill for one of the Buchan’s riddles. And the book is written with an urgency and pace that still makes it seem very modern. Written in 1915, it gives the reader an insight into how the First World War was viewed by the people living through it.

Three: Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler: For me, Eric Ambler was really the writer who lifted the spy genre out of pot-boiler fiction, and up to a whole new level. He was a brilliant writer, who also explored the great themes of his day: think George Orwell, but writing adventure stories. Journey Into Fear is his most gripping book, a fantastic story of a fraught voyage from Turkey. The hero is cooped up on a ship, chased by menacing Nazi spies. It captures the tension of the first year of World War Two. It was written in 1940 and has a sense of brooding menace of that year, when the outcome of that war was still very much in doubt, and many people though they were facing decades of the Nazis dominating Europe.

Four: The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes: I'm not sure anyone reads him anymore, by Hammond Innes was huge in the 1950s and 60s. He's really the missing link between writers like John Buchan and the modern thriller. His books are fantastic action stories pitching ordinary men into terrifying conspiracies. The Wreck of the Mary Deare, a story about a ship wreck, is the best of them. The hero is sailing across from England to France, when he comes across an abandoned cargo ship in a storm, with only a mad captain left on board. What happed to the crew? And the cargo? That’s the mystery. Part of its brilliance is its description of the English Channel as a wild and terrifying sea - Innes has the thriller writer’s ability to make the ordinary suddenly seem very threatening.

Five: Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean: Alistair MacLean was the master of a style of rugged, very masculine action adventure story that is probably best exemplified today by SAS writers like Andy McNab and Chris Ryan – and, hopefully, by myself as well. His books were the source for classic films such as Where Eagles Dare, and The Guns of Navaronne. His parse, witty writing style set the template for a whole genre: punchy, direct, but vividly descriptive. Ice Station Zebra is his finest work: a small group of men, battling against terrifying, extreme conditions, and caught up in a global power play. It captures the freezing atmosphere brilliantly, and the plotting is immaculate.

Six: From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming: Much like his alter ego James Bond, Fleming is all about style. With great covers, brilliant titles, and rattling opening sentences, the Bond books are slick, sexy entertainment turned up to the max. From Russia With Love is the best of them (and actually there are some duds in there). The title is, for my money anyway, the best ever put on a jacket. Then there is the opening line: “The naked man who lay splayed out on his face beside the swimming pool might have been dead.” Pure class. The villains are cold and sadistic and the totty, for once, not completely gratuitous. It’s about as deep as an After Eight mint, but a brilliant confection.

Seven: Berlin Game by Len Deighton. All spy fiction is really an extended metaphor for the office. All those double-agents and moles are just ciphers for the guy along the corridor who is trying to steal your promotion. No character captures that better than Len Deighton's Bernard Samson, a middle-ranking intelligence executive, who can't trust anyone. He's meant to be outwitting the KGB, and but he could be any middle-aged man struggling to stay afloat in a big company, betrayed by his bosses as well as his wife. Berlin Game is the first (and best) of the Game, Set and Match trilogy, the height of Deighton's achievements. It has a fantastic twist as well. His wife is the KGB double-agent he's hunting for - a blow to any marriage.

Eight: The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal, Forsyth's first book, gets more attention, but it was with The Odessa File that Forsyth really hit his stride. A story of Nazi-hunting, it is brilliant as both a conspiracy and action thriller, drawing on real historical events and turning them into a compelling story. With it intensive research and tightly engineered structure, it set the template for the modern, lightening-paced thriller. If you want to know how to write an action story, then just read and re-read this book until you’ve figured out what he is doing. All thriller writers operate in Forsyth’s shadow, and this remains Forsyth's best book.

Nine: Bonecrack by Dick Francis: The most consistently prolific of British thriller writers, Dick Francis put his first career as a jockey to good use in his second as a novelist. Nearly all of his books are set in the racing world, a natural arena for tales of corruption and skull-duggery. Bonecrack, from 1971, is one of the best of the lot. A simple enough tale, the hero inherits his father’s stables, and is then forced by a mad Mafia boss to turn his son into a Derby winner. The plot is tuned to perfection, and the book rattles along at tremendous pace. The point about Francis, however, is not the brilliance of any particular book, but his amazing consistency. Forty books over forty years and not a single dud among them. An incredible achievement.

Ten: The Ghost by Robert Harris: Bang up date, super-smart and very funny in places, The Ghost is the best British thriller of the last decade. It has a great set-up, placing its hero close to power, but right on the sidelines, a device that plenty of thriller writers have used, but not often with such success. The plot has the slow-burning, smouldering build up of a great jazz record. And it captures the end of the Blair era brilliantly: the disillusion, and the bafflement, as people tried to figure out how a politician they really liked turned out to be so awful. Historians will be able to read it a hundred years and get a snapshot of what people felt about Tony Blair by 2007.

Fire Force is the second novel in Matt Lynn's action-packed, gun-toting Death's Inc series - get your hands on a copy here.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Instruments of Darkness Review

The lovely Hannah McMillan has been doing work experience with us for the past two weeks. A self-confessed 'historical crime fiction hater' we felt the amazing Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson (published paperback April 2010) could not fail to convert her. Check out her review below:

"Instruments of Darkness is an amazing mystery crime thriller, set in 18th Century Sussex. Historical crime fiction is not a genre I would normally reach to, but after reading the first chapter I couldn't even put this book down! Robertson has combined interesting and unusual characters with a complex and compelling plot - the result of which is an absolutely fantastic page-turner! I would recommend this book to anyone - it is highly entertaining and engaging. You won't be disappointed!"

Now we've whet your appetite, read a sneak preview from the first chapter of Instruments of Darkness here:

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Fresh Blood: Debut writers free online sampler

In 2010, Headline have a really exciting list of debut crime authors and we want to share it with you!

We have got together with the Harrogate Crime Festival to offer you a free downloadable sampler including author pieces and extracts for four fantastic books:

Bequest by A.K. Shevchenko, international intrigue as a modern day London solicitor finds herself involved in a two hundred year old Russian mystery.

American Devil by Oliver Stark, join New York homicide detective Tom Harper on the trail of a serial murderer.

Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson, a exhilarating debut drawing comparisons with du Maurier.

The Levels by Sean Cregan, a dark, urban gothic thriller for fans of Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham and Simon Kernick.

Click below to download your sampler now:

Friday, 5 February 2010

Karen Rose at Number 3 in the paperback bestseller chart!

Karen Rose is one of Headline’s fabulously thrilling crime writers.

I was really excited to be running the marketing campaign for Karen’s new books in January. The darkly chilling Don’t Tell in paperback and Have You Seen Her in hardback seemed like the perfect partner for the FX channel. Karen Rose has been the official sponsor of several top prime-time crime shows since 21st January. Do check out our grizzly trailer below featuring the murder of a beautiful blonde woman by her lover.

We are also a very happy publishing house at the moment as both books have hugely successful: Don’t Tell is at No.3 in The Sunday Times bestseller list and Have You Seen Her is at No.5.

Karen Rose is going from strength to strength and there is just no stopping the queen of crime who truly breaks the rules of thriller writing.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Daisychain by GJ Moffat

The first meeting of the newly formed Headline crime book club takes place on Friday 5th March and the book we have chosen to kick the book club off with is GJ Moffat’s debut novel Daisychain.
After the meeting we will be posting our thoughts about the book but in the meantime the book is published this week and you can find out more about GJ Moffat at his website
He sounds like a nice guy (I like that he lives by the three Rs: Reading, wRiting and Rock!) So give it a read and see if you agreed with our book club findings in March.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Bateman awarded Honorary Degree for services to literature

Crime writer Colin Bateman has been awarded a well deserved Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster for services to literature. This is fantastic news for this prolific and incredibly talented writer. Bateman is the crime writer's crime writer of choice - his blackly comic crime capers have won him critical acclaim and an impassioned fanbase.

His first novel, Divorcing Jack, won the Betty Trask Prize, and in 2009 Mystery Man was selected as a Richard and Judy Summer read and was in the Top 50 Times/WH Smiths paperbacks of 2009. Bateman was also selected for the Daily Telegraph's Top 50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die.

In his latest novel The Day of the Jack Russell his no-named bookselling/crime solving hero returns. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an aspiring insurance magnate's advertising hoarding, he soon finds himself up to his ears in intrigue and battling to solve murders which echo in the corridors of power. With MI5 getting involved and everyone on the hunt for a missing Jack Russell, can Our Man Behind the Counter stay alive as well as keep his world renowned but criminally ignored No Alibis mystery bookshop afloat?

Now we've whet your appetite (and check out the cool cover!) pick up a copy of his latest novel The Day of the Jack Russell here

Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman

When I started working at Headline, my Mum was overjoyed as I would be working on one of her favourite authors: Jonathan Kellerman. I, however, was a Kellerman virgin until very recently when I picked up the hardback of EVIDENCE (out in paperback in March and there will be an exciting marketing campaign - more details very soon).

The book opens with a security guard checking a construction site – a half-finished mansion – for vandals and vagrants. Instead he finds a young couple – dead. Killed during a sexual act.
Enter the wonderful duo Alex Delaware, psychologist, and Milo Sturgis, homicide detective, who set out to solve this intriguing murder. This leads them through the young man’s very interesting love life, into his working life as an architect to a firm that seems very suspicious (check out the scary ice-cold German boss-lady) and into an international conspiracy.

Not only does Jonathan Kellerman write a cracking psychological thriller that will stop you wanting to go to work (do though as otherwise you won’t be afford your crime fix!) but he writes characters that you will want to see again and again. So it’s great that he has a fantastic backlist and some new characters.

As much as I hate to admit she’s right, my Mum was spot on with Kellerman. I hope you enjoy EVIDENCE as much as I did.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose

Karen Rose has been on my must-read list for a while now. This is, after all, an author who dominates the UK and US bestseller lists, and counts Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner amongst her fans.

With her new hardback Have You Seen Her? shooting to the number 10 spot on the Sunday Times bestseller list this week, and the paperback of Don’t Tell also reaching the number four spot, I decided to see what keeps her fans coming back for more and more… check out my enthusiastic review below!

Have You Seen Her? is my first, and will certainly not be my last Karen Rose – I have completely signed up to the Karen Rose fan-club, complete with bag, hat and t-shirt!

The book sees Special Agent Steven Thatcher on the trail of a serial killer with a penchant for highschool cheerleaders. Each one disappears from their beds, with no evidence of a break-in, and each one ends up brutally murdered.

As more girls disappear, Thatcher becomes caught between his priorities as a parent and as a policeman. His eldest son Brad suddenly starts behaving strangely. Worried by his drop in grades, Brad’s teacher Jenna Marshall contacts his father to voice her concerns.

The first meeting between Thatcher and Marshall is electrifying to read – the attraction between them is instant, and is the beating heart of this book. Rose deftly interweaves their relationship with a terrifying and tense hunt for the killer – and the two plots collide when the killer's attention becomes centred on Marshall herself.

There are some real heart-in-mouth moments, and it is certainly a book to read with the lights on and the doors locked shut! Yet this book also has a warmth and depth that sets Rose apart from her contemporaries. I can’t wait to start on her next!

Get your copy here

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The launch of debut thriller Bequest

Despite adverse weather conditions, guests turned out in force last week for the launch of AK Shevchenko’s first novel Bequest, a gripping thriller with a plot that centres on discoveries in the vaults of Stalin's archives. The launch was held at The Future Gallery on Great Newport Street, with guests treated to a selection of Bequest themed cocktails including White Russians, Vodka Martinis and Moscow Mules, as well as glasses of warm borscht to banish those January blues. The more inquisitive partygoers discovered a secret room filled with edible Goldkenn goldbars representing the real-life Cossack fortune featured in the novel which is rumoured to be stored in the Bank of England vaults.

Shevchenko made a wonderful speech thanking her friends and family, and where she dedicated Bequest to the memory of her grandfather, a Ukrainian historian whose diaries she deftly incorporated into the story. She invited her agent Robert Kirby (United Agents), editor Flora Rees (Headline) and Headline MD Jane Morpeth on stage to cut a cake to celebrate publication.

AK Shevchenko, Robert Kirby, Flora Rees and Jane Morpeth

Jane Morpeth, Flora Rees and Robert Kirby

Gold bars!

All photos are credited (c) Closer Photography

Highly recommended crime books

Welcome to the first post on the Crime Files blog. The blog is going to be a mixture of reviews, articles, news and author features. We are passionate about crime so want to share it with you.

To begin we have some titles which come highly recommended by respected reviewer Margaret Cannon.

In The Toronto Globe and Mail she has singled out SURE AND CERTAIN DEATH by Barbara Nadel and TELL-TALE by Sam Hayes as two of her hot picks for Spring 2010:

So why not pick them up and give them a go.