NTN: Phil Lecomber interviewed

“The dramatic finale is magnificently melodramatic, and ends the book – an excellent debut – in fine style.” That was our verdict when we recently…

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Mask of the Verdoy

Written by Phil Lecomber — George Harley is a decorated veteran of World War I who worked for British intelligence post 1918. Now he is…

The Amazing Test Match Crime

We reviewed Adrian Alington’s 1939 hilarious crime novel during Classics in September 2014 where it landed a five-star rating. A shadowy organisation has hired a…

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…

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…

A Man’s Head

Written by Georges Simenon, translated by David Coward — Having accrued an incomplete collection of dog-eared, yellowed and slightly foxed editions of Simenon’s Maigret novels…

Midnight in Europe

Written by Alan Furst — World War II is yet to start, but fascist forces in Germany and Italy are making ominous declarations, and General…

Interview: Ari Marmell

Today we welcome the American author Ari Marmell to the site. The author of Hot Lead, Cold Iron, has a big reputation in horror and…

Hot Lead, Cold Iron

Written by Ari Marmell — Mick Oberon belongs to the classic school of the pulp PI. He works out of a cramped office with two…

Sugar Pop Moon

Written by John Florio — It’s 1930 and Jersey Leo, aka Snowball, is a mixed-race albino working at the Pour House, a speakeasy in Hell’s…

Salazar

Written by Seth Lynch — If you are looking for a dark, moody recreation of 1930s Paris, complete with dubious gangs and hard-hitting policemen, then…

The Twelfth Department

Written by William Ryan — Moscow, 1937, and the hand of Stalin’s empire lies heavily on every street, boulevard, public park, apartment block and factory…

Elegy for Eddie

Written by Jacqueline Winspear — This is the ninth book in Winspear’s crime series featuring the charming Maisie Dobbs, an English private detective during the inter-War…

Hard Twisted

Written by C Joseph Greaves — In May of 2012, former LA trial lawyer Chuck Greaves made his literary debut with Hush Money, about a…

CIS: Sweet Danger

Classics in September — Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham – Originally published in 1933, Sweet Danger was the fifth book in the Campion series. Allingham…

The Child Thief

Written by Dan Smith — Leaving behind the tropical locales of his previous works, Dark Horizons and Dry Season, Dan Smith’s third book, The Child…

Interview: Dan Smith

Released last month, Dan Smith’s third novel The Child Thief is already garnering rave reviews, and deservedly so. Set in 1930s Ukraine it is beautifully…