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Crime fiction is something I’m always enthusiastic about, but 2019 has not produced the best vintage in my opinion. There seems to be a lot of safe and franchise-able writing going on at the moment, with established series ticking over like clockwork. Nordic noir is one of my favourite sub-genres, and a few years ago
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Looking to make your 2020 reading list more colorful? Look no further than this list of Rioters’ most anticipated LGBTQ books of 2020. From nonfiction to fantasy, BDSM dystopias to star-crossed prom queens, you’ll find a great sampling of queer books here. The New Year is looking brighter and more full of rainbows already! Upright
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Family can be a touchy subject, particularly around the holiday season. While some of you may have returned home to reconnect with beloved family members, others have been gritting their teeth for two months straight. That’s why I find the trope of found or chosen families so meaningful. If your biological family situation doesn’t provide
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Written by Nicholás Obregón — Unknown Male is the third in the Inspector Iwata series which began in 2017 with Blue Light Yokahama. The series was conceived by Obregón while he was travelling on a bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto, and, like the earlier novels, Unknown Male offers an interesting change of scenery for
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In 2019 I haven’t reviewed as many crime books I would have liked, but such is the strength of the genre currently that I have had no difficulty identifying five books that I can wholeheartedly recommend. I think these choices represent a varied selection though fans of cosy crime and domestic noir may disagree! 5
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Written by Bella Ellis — Would you believe the premise that three spinster sisters living in a Victorian parsonage would have the experience and nous to solve a crime? And really, would you believe that the work of such seemingly innocent and almost unworldly women could have a place at the high table of the literary world
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Written by Luca Veste — Known for the Liverpool-based police procedurals in his Murphy and Rossi series, Luca Veste also loves mixing a bit of horror into his crime fiction. In 2018 he brought us The Bone Keeper, and his latest standalone is The Six. As the title suggests, it involves six friends. There are
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This has been quite an impressive year on the crime fiction front. There’s clearly still a high demand for a safe outlet for all our frustration over worldwide social and political issues. This is evident in the topics many crime novels addressed this year, focusing on the immigrant crisis, for example, while World War II
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Sponsored by Read Harder Journal, a reading log brought to you by Book Riot. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer for $0.99. Get it here, or
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Written by Nigel Bird — It’s Christmas time and snow is blanketing the city bringing everything to a halt. Everything, of course, except crime. There is no movement anywhere. The trains and cars have all stopped, drinkers are stranded in bars and the police can’t get in for their shifts. This is British crime fiction,
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I’m always partial to modern historical crime novels and thrillers and my selection includes books set in the 1840s and the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I also enjoy short stories and include a collection spanning the 1930s to the present day. Some things never change, and one is human nature and our fascination to try
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Edited by Jay Butkowski, Jonathan Elliott, and Roger Nokes — The launch of a new magazine for short crime fiction is something to celebrate. A number of popular crime magazines have gone under in recent years, but hope springs eternal and the three editors behind Rock and a Hard Place are hoping their formula is
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Sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books, publisher of Ali Cross by James Patterson. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Unlikely Adventures of the
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I want my crime fiction to take me to different places, often darker ones, that I don’t recognise. So, there’s no domestic noir here but there are two books featuring men called Keller, and a couple of them could prop open a pair of heavy oak doors. In addition, Scrublands is a fantastic debut and
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Written by Carol Wyer — What appeals to you about a crime fiction series? For me, it’s witnessing the gradual development of the characters featured in it. Here’s a case in point – five books in, and we’re really starting to get to know DI Natalie Ward and her patch in Staffordshire. The same can
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