Crime fiction uncovered

As we are celebrating National Crime Writing Month, we’d like to mention a couple of up and coming crime authors that you may not have come across yet.

index.phpClaire McGowan has been described as ‘a knockout new talent’ by none other than Lee Child, and Peter James thinks she ‘will undoubtedly become a major name in crime fiction’. The Lost is her second novel:

When two teenage girls go missing along the Irish border, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire has to return to the hometown she left years before. Swirling with rumour and secrets, the town is gripped by fear of a serial killer. But the truth could be even darker. Surrounded by people and places she tried to forget, Paula digs into the cases as the truth twists further away. What’s the link with two other disappearances from 1985? And why does everything lead back to the town’s dark past – including the reasons her own mother went missing years before? As the shocking truth is revealed, Paula learns that sometimes, it’s better not to find what you’ve lost.

index-1.phpRobert Galbraith’s latest is The Cuckoo’s Calling. Alex Gray said it was ‘one of the best crime novels I have ever read’. While Val McDermid said it ‘reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’.

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger.

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This event is part of our National Crime Writing Month celebrations.

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