CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65 Apr21

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65

Crimespree issue 65 featuring Nick Petrie   Our next issue is ready,Nick Petrie is on the cover .  Kristi Belcamino and Chris Holm are back with new columns. There are lots of interviews and great articles.   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

Mackay’s EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL is featured in this week’s giveaway Jul21

Mackay’s EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL is feat...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL by Malcolm Mackay   “Don’t pick up a Mackay book unless you’ve got spare time. They’re habit-forming.” –New York Times From the award-winning author of The Glasgow Trilogy comes Every Night I Dream of Hell, a dark and thrilling Glaswegian crime drama. Nate Colgan would be the first to admit that his violent reputation makes him very good at his job–and bad at everything else. After eighteen years spent working on the sidelines of Glasgow’s criminal underworld, there’s no...

2017 Crime Novel of the Year Announced

You can see a video from the awards presentation on our Facebook page. Chris Brookmyre has tonight scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Black Widow. Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country. Black Widow is a story of cyber-abuse, where ‘even the twists have twists’. It features Brookmyre’s long-time character, reporter Jack Parlabane. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she had been given the novel as an early Valentine’s Day present by her husband, declaring it ‘brilliant’. Brookmyre said: “I’m really quite taken...

Kathy Reichs talks about TWO NIGHTS

Elise Cooper: Where did you get the idea for this story? Kathy Reichs: Sunnie grew out of a story from an earlier book, Death du Jour. It is based on a true cult where seventy-five people were killed. Three of the victims were in Quebec, parents and a baby, who were assassinated. This actually happened and I was present when they came to our lab for autopsy. After thinking about the mentality of cults and why they kill themselves and others I did a lot of research on the psychology. This gave me rise to think, ‘what if someone grew up in the context of a cult where everyone they knew was either killed or killed themselves?’ EC: Why did you...

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Har...

Tomorrow I’ll take a train north from London to the idyllic town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for the annual festival affectionally known as Harrogate. (The full name, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, includes the name of the long-time sponsor, Theakston Brewing Company, and one of their signature beverages, Old Peculier ale.) Like any crime fiction gathering, Harrogate has elements that make each year unique as well as characteristics that keep readers flocking back year after year. Venue Unlike Bouchercon or Left Coast Crime, Harrogate takes place at the Old Swan Hotel each year. In addition to being a gorgeous venue, the...

Meet the new Doctor, not the same as the old Docto...

When Tom Baker decided he was tired of wearing a long scarf and eating jelly babies, rumors spread that his replacement might be a woman. Baker fueled those speculations with the following comment:: “Well, you’re making an assumption that it’s going to be a man.” Years later, speculation was fueled when Helen Mirren, after shooting down rumors she would be piloting the Tardis, went on the record with that following bold statement: “I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who – no, no, no,” she said. “I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that.” “I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor...

B.A. Paris’ THE BREAKDOWN is featured in this week’s giveaway Jul14

B.A. Paris’ THE BREAKDOWN is featured in thi...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris   The next chilling, propulsive novel from the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d...

Crime Wave Heads to Harrogate

It’s one of the biggest celebrations of the crime genre in the world. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival begins on Thursday 20 July featuring a veritable Who’s Who of crime authors. The Festival runs until Sunday at the Old Swan Hotel. Special Guests this year  include Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter May, Stuart MacBride, Joseph Finder, Arne Dahl, Kathy Reichs, Brenda Blethyn, Robson Green and James Runcie. There’ll also be a special one-off event with comedian Sarah Millican with authors Mark Billingham, Lee Child and Val McDermid. Organisers, Harrogate International Festivals, say the crime wave has taken over...

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 7 Jul12

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 7

The July episode of our crime and mystery podcast is something of a milestone. When we came up with the idea for Writer Types, we set out to do 12 monthly episodes and see how it went from there. With the release of the July episode today, we have official passed the halfway mark for that initial run. To help us celebrate this occasion, we have a favor to ask—Can you please take a few minutes to give us some feedback? If ‘HELL YES,’ click this SURVEY LINK and simply answer the 8 questions. We hope it won’t take more than 5 minutes. You’ll still have plenty of time to come back and enjoy the latest episode! Not really...