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by Pocket Essentials 27 April 2017. ISBN 978-1-843344-918-8
In this, the fourth of his useful and enjoyable Noir
series, Barry Forshaw provides information on a range of contemporary writers
(and a list of the names of others ‘worthy of attention’), looks at a selection
of films and tv shows, and includes interviews with James Elroy, Sara Paretsky
Scott Turow, Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs.His lists of the 30 best contemporary US
crime novels and the five best contemporary US TV crime shows provide a good
starting point for some interesting discussions.
book canters through American Crime fiction of the early 21st
century, conveys information in an easily accessible manner and provides a
readable overview of the whole area, one that can be dipped into at random, consulted
for specific information or read for general interest.
books by the author:Italian Cinema; The Noir series:Nordic Noir, Euro Noir, Brit Noir
latest books are Nordic Noir and British Crime Film. Other work
includes Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, The
Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia,
along with books on Italian cinema, film noir and the first biography of Stieg
Larsson; he also writes on classical music. His next books are British
Gothic Cinema and a study of Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs.
He writes for various national newspapers and magazines, edits Classical CD
Choice, DVD Choice and Crime Time, and broadcasts for ITV and
BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association,
and has taught an MA course at City University on the history of crime fiction.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime
fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first
spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.For twenty-five years the commute to and from
London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book
club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.
Published by Severn House, 31 May
2017. ISBN: 978-0-72788720-7
the 1930s a female teacher who married was not allowed to retain her job in a
state school, and so Ellen Reardon is delighted when she is offered the
position of French Mistress at the newly-founded Maxstead Court School, a
private school that is owned and run by Miss Edith Hillyard, a somewhat
unconventional headmistress. Mademoiselle Blanchard, the former French teacher,
had left unexpectedly and Miss Hillyard is eager for Ellen to start work at
The school building was, until recently, an old
manor house, and parts of it still need renovation. To Ellen’s horror, on her
first day at the school, she is one of the people to discover the dead body of
a young woman amongst the rubble of the unrestored part of the house. It is
possible that the victim had fallen accidentally to her death but the
concealment of her body indicates a more sinister solution. Ellen’s husband,
Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon, is called in to investigate. This places
Ellen in an awkward position of divided loyalties. Should she share with her
husband information and observations gained during her employment in the school
or is it better to maintain a discreet silence? However difficult Ellen finds
it, she knows that justice must prevail, especially when it becomes clear that
Maxstead Court School contains many secrets and is the centre of great
unhappiness. Other violent incidents follow and a child goes missing. It
becomes a race against time for Inspector Reardon to discover the truth before
the murderer kills again.
A Property of Lies is an
intriguing mystery with an interesting 1930s background and some fascinating
characters. The central characters of Ellen and Herbert Reardon are very
likeable and it is an enjoyable read.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Eccleswas born in
Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast.
The author of more than twenty books and short stories, she is the recipient of
the Agatha Christie Short Story Styles Award. Her books featuring police
detective Gil Mayo were adapted for the BBC. She lives in Hertfordshire.
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in contemporary
and Victorian times.The Terminal
Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published
July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.
ANNOUNCES THE EXCITING NEW WRITERS SELECTED TO APPEAR ON STAGE WITH SOME OF THE
BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL NAMES IN CRIME FICTION
Being selected for ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ is like being asked to be the
support band on a major stadium tour. A bit like what Travis were to Oasis. Two
years ago Graeme Macrae Burnet appeared ‘in the spotlight’ immediately before
Ian Rankin, one year later he was shortlisted for The Man Booker. It’s a great
opportunity to perform in front of a vast audience of potential fans.
The Directors of Bloody Scotland have selected the authors and paired them with
the acts they will be supporting this year – listed below with regional links
highlighted: Saturday 9 September
Clare MacLeary with
Alex Gray Clare describes herself as
‘a feisty Glasweigan’. Following a career in Aberdeen and St Andrews she gained
an MLitt with distinction from the University of Dundee.
Owen Mullen with Peter
May Owen went to Strathclyde
University then moved to London. He had a hit record in Japan with a band he
refuses to name. He now divides his time betweenGlasgow and the Greek Islands.
Louise Hutcheson with
John Simenon and Graeme Macrae Burnet Poacher turned gamekeeper,
Louise is a freelance editor from Glasgow who edits crime fiction. She has a
PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow.
GD Harper with Lin
Anderson, Ragnar Jonasson & Thomas Enger He grew up in
Stenhousemuir near Stirling & went to University in Glasgow, living in the
West End where his books are set.
Lloyd Otis with Mason
Cross and Chris Carter Lloyd has blogged for The
Bookseller and the Huffington Post and was editor of a monthly lifestyle
magazine’s book review column. He lives in London.
Fiona Cummins with Ann
Cleeves A graduate of Faber
Academy, her debut has been published in several languages and optioned for TV.
She lives in Essex and is published by Pan Macmillan.
Sunday 10 September
Lucy Hay with Vince
Cable and Nicholas Searle Lucy lives in Devon and is
associate producer of two Brit thrillers starring Danny Dyer.
Pat Young with Louise
Welsh, Doug Johnstone and E S Thomson launching Bloody Scotland, the book Pat was born and still
lives in South West Scotland. Her recent book launch in Waterstones Ayr was a sell
Rob Scragg with James
Oswald and Professor Sue Black Rob was born and bred in
North East England. His first novel received four ‘yes’ votes from the Dragon’s
Den at Harrogate Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival last year. He lives in
Charles McGarry with
Chris Brookmyre Charles was born and still
lives in Glasgow. Published by Polygon he will also be appearing in The Curly
Coo at 2pm for a live recording of the popular podcast series ‘DEBUT: A Crime
Writer’s Journey from the Bedroom to the Bookshelf’ – free event.
Tana Collins with
Lynda La Plante Her books are set in Fife
and Anstruther but she lives in Edinburgh where she works as a massage
therapist. She was brought up just outside Hastings in South East England.
The only big names appearing at the Albert Halls who are missing from this list
are Ian Rankin whose event is immediately after the torchlight procession on
the Friday night and Val McDermid whose support act is still under wraps as it
will be the winner of the inaugural New Crime Writer Award launched by Virago
in association with The Pool. Val will introduce the winner live on stage
immediately before her event on Saturday.
Crime in the Spotlight is the brainchild of board member and crime writer
Gordon Brown, himself well used to support bands having been involved with the
early years of T in the Park. Previous spotlighters are all very
supportive of each other on social media and even have spotlight reunions.
Which of the Class of 2017 will go on to great things? Fiona Cummins is
definitely in with a fighting chance as the Ann Cleeves event has sold a record
breaking number of tickets and filled all 700 seats in the Albert Halls. Two of
the spotlighters – Claire MacLeary and Owen Mullen – are also on the longlist
for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award.
For further information or to interview any of
the ‘spotlighters’, Gordon Brown or Festival Director Bob McDevitt please