New James Ellroy out today!

On the Radar — There are some big beasts trampling around in the crime fiction jungle this week. If we flag up the names Ellroy,…

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Blue Avenue

Written by Michael Wiley — Twenty five summers ago, in Jacksonville Florida, William ‘BB’ Byrd had an intense and destructive affair with the young black…

Blind Moon Alley

Written by John Florio — We first met Jersey Leo in Sugar Pop Moon, reviewed here. A mixed race albino, he’s a Philadelphia inhabitant unlike…

Val’s back – and so is Poirot

On the Radar — It’s a case of, ‘Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the ladies,’ this week, as we look at a…

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False Ransom

Written by Ivan Infante — Mike Chance is what you might call a nasty piece of work. He has made his way from America’s East…

Gods of Gold

Written by Chris Nickson — In the Yorkshire city of Leeds, there is a massive gulf between the rich and the poor. It is 1890,…

A Dickens of a murder

On the Radar — We’ve seen Conan Doyle turned into a sleuth in the past – in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, for instance, and…

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Lock-Down Blues

Written by Ray Wilcox — For the most part, the lives these criminals lead are unconnected. There is Raymond Butterworth, a successful printer, whose gruesome…

A Madras Miasma

Written by Brian Stoddart — The setting is 1920, in the teeming city of Madras (present day Chennai) on the south eastern coast of India.…

Jack Reacher gets Personal

On the Radar — Yes, this week we have the return of Reacher, but also some historical crime fiction, a crime-laden adventure in Mexico, the…

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The Harbour Master

Written by Daniel Pembry — Amsterdam copper Henk van der Pol is old school. Now in his 50s, his daughter is away at university, and…

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box

Written by George Mann — Previously here on Crime Fiction Lover we’ve reviewed The Will of the Dead featuring Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk mystery,…

Ladybird, ladybird…

On the Radar — The Las Vegas convention as a setting for murder has been used in more than one episode of CSI, but our…

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Hardcastle’s Quartet

Written by Graham Ison — It’s the summer of 1918 and people are tired of a war which was supposed to over by Christmas four…

Fall From Grace

Written by Tim Weaver — David Raker is a specialist. The former journalist is an expert at finding missing people, particularly when the police have…

The First Horseman

Written by DK Wilson — 19 May, 1536. Tower Green, London. The sizeable crowd of wealthy merchants, noblemen and clergy falls silent. Then something between…