It’s just over two weeks since The Closer I Get was released on ebook and my feet have barely touched the ground. On publication day, the book went straight to the top of the Gay Mystery chart on Amazon. Since then, I’ve taken part in five author events, signed over a hundred books and enjoyed the best reviews of my career.
Thanks to all the bloggers, Amazon and Goodreads reviewers and to my fellow crime writers for their extraordinary support. It’s often said that the crim
Fiona Cummins established herself as a major new voice in crime fiction with her debut thriller Rattle and the follow up, The Collector. The books introduced us to troubled detective Etta Fitzroy and earned plaudits from the likes of Lee Child, Martina Cole and Val McDermid.
Now Cummins is back with another serial killer thriller, only this time it’s a stand-alone novel in which the plot revolves around a small community and people’s obsession with finding affordable, desira
Lucy Foley published three historical novels before turning to the dark side. The Hunting Party is her crime debut and has a simple but effective premise. A group of old friends gather in a remote hunting lodge in the snowbound Scottish wilderness to see in the New Year.
There’s Miranda, the beautiful but bitchy one, who’s married to handsome Julian. There’s Emma and Mark, Samira and Giles, gay couple Nick and Bo, and single woman Katie. Over the course of a few days, frien
Caz Frear won the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition for her debut, Sweet Little Lies. The book introduced us to DC Cat Kinsella, a plucky detective with some dodgy family connections. It’s a book I absolutely loved, so expectations for this sequel were high. I’m pleased to report that Frear more than meets them. Stone Cold Heart is everything you want in a sequel, and then some. Cat is on a new case, investigating the death of a young woman. Her prime suspect
Since winning the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator Award for her fourth psychological thriller, The Escape, C.L. Taylor has remained on the bestseller lists. Her last novel, The Fear, was about a woman who’d been groomed as a schoolgirl. Her latest, Sleep, has an equally strong premise. Our heroine, Anna, is involved in a road accident in which two people die and another is badly injured. Riddled with guilt, Anna struggles to come to terms with what’s happened. And th
Emma Kavanagh’s new novel opens with one of the most nail-biting, breath-taking crime scenes I’ve ever read. It’s early morning and a woman is crossing a leafy square in the middle of London. A killer is lying in wait. Before she knows what’s happening, the woman is dead, her throat cut and torso stabbed in a frenzied attack. The killer disappears in broad daylight. Enter DS Alice Parr. Like many fictional detectives, she’s a flawed person. In her case, the flaw is visible -
Are there enough superlatives to describe Sarah Hilary’s DI Marnie Rome series? (Short answer – no, there aren’t). Over the course of five books, we’ve seen Marnie tackle her personal demons and fight crime with police partner DS Noah Jake. We've seen her close to broken and we've watched her rebuild herself. Seldom has a fictional cop been shown with greater emotional depth. In this, the sixth book in the series, Noah has a few issues of his own – though being black and gay
If you enjoyed Disclaimer then you’re going to love The Secretary. While Renée Knight’s crime debut was a superior slice of domestic noir, her latest takes us into the world of working relationships and the power dynamics that can destroy careers - and lives. Christine Butcher is the secretary of the title, a woman apparently quite meek and mild, but also a keen listener, someone who knows people’s secrets. She begins her story by quoting from “one of those old-fashioned dete
Reviewed by Paul Burston If you enjoyed Jo Spain’s previous book The Confession (and I did), then you’ll certainly enjoy this new standalone thriller. The plot revolves around six neighbours living in an exclusive gated community called - wait for it! - Withered Vale. They’re a mixed bunch, each with their own secrets and idiosyncratic ways. Withered Vale appears to have it all - beautiful homes, manicured lawns. But with a name like that there’s bound to be a fly in the oint
Peter Swanson’s effortlessly stylish modern noir novels have earned him many plaudits and great success. The Girl With A Clock for A Heart, The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear all play with familiar murder mystery tropes and are all bestsellers. His fourth book doesn’t take any chances - unless it’s with the taboo subject of a grieving widow with designs on her stepson. On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his stepmother Alice after the unexpect
Will Carver has a very dark mind. His latest novel is about a group of sad, lonely, damaged characters whose lives converge in ways that have you squirming with unease or holding your breath in the hope that something really bad isn’t about to happen. There's Seth, who’s unhappily married, hates his job, suffers from acute insomnia and stays up late at night talking to strangers on the phone. There’s his wife Maeve, who falls asleep on the sofa most nights watching reality TV
The Stranger Diaries is a stand-alone novel from Elly Griffiths, author of the award-winning and hugely popular Dr Ruth Galloway series. As you’d expect from such an accomplished writer, it’s a fiendishly clever tale, told with great efficiency and real panache. The story begins with a teacher called Clare who’s writing a biography of Gothic writer RM Holland, best known for his chilling ghost story The Stranger. The school where Clare teaches English was once Holland’s house
How do you follow the success of a book like ‘He Said/She Said’? For Erin Kelly, the answer is - with a book about a sinister Victorian mental hospital, the women incarcerated there and the impact of one woman’s actions on two young people and their families. The story is told from several perspectives. There’s Marianne, who falls in love with local bad boy Jesse before escaping the narrow confines of her small town for a life in London. There’s Helen, who has the Nazareth Ho
I promised you I had some exciting news. Finally, here it is! Press Release
Orenda Books signs Paul Burston’s “disturbingly relevant thriller” The Closer I Get in a Frankfurt pre-empt, two-book deal.
Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for Paul Burston’s The Closer I Get and a second (untitled) book, in a two-book, Frankfurt Book Fair pre-empt, negotiated with David Headley of DHH Literary A
Jenna is being held in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit. Her stepdaughter is dead and her fiancé is missing. The police think she’s responsible and even her own family seem to doubt her. How can she prove her innocence? And how will she survive inside a prison environment where the normal rules don’t apply? Angela Clarke’s powerful new novel packs a real punch and has everything you’d expected from such a gifted writer. It’s unflinching in its honesty, driven by
Kate Helm’s debut crime novel has a brilliantly original premise. Georgia Sage is a courtroom artist with a traumatic past and the ability to see the evil in people. She uses her skills to portray the accused as she sees them, helping to convict the guilty and acquit the innocent.
But now she’s questioning her abilities. An old case has resurfaced and the indications are that she got it wrong.
Haunted by her past and the nagging sense that she’s partially responsible for a