Harrogate Crime Festival programme is launched !

Friday, April 19th 2013

Last night at the British Library, within the setting of the current A-Z of Crime Writing exhibition, the ‘H is for Hardboiled’ was ignored for one night, replaced by the phrase ‘H is for Harrogate!’.

The full programme and line up for this year’s festival is now up on line – so, go check it out, book loads of tickets and enjoy.

Here’s where to go.


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Exhibit A Signs Matteo Strukul in Two Book Crime Fiction Deal

Thursday, April 11th 2013

Exhibit A, the new crime fiction imprint of award-winning publisher Angry Robot, has signed award-winning Italian author Matteo Strukul for two novels.

Exhibit A’s Commissioning Editor, Emlyn Rees, bought World English rights in The Ballad of Mila and Black Queen: The Justice of Mila from Allan Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates.

The Ballad of Mila tells the story of female Italian Bounty Hunter, Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread. Abandoned by her mother and violated by a gang of criminals just after they slaughtered her father, Mila is a cold-blooded killer, a deadly assassin. Brought up by her grandfather on the Sette Comuni plateau under a rigid martial code, she returns home to seek her revenge, conspiring to create a spectacular showdown reminiscent of A Fistful of Dollars.…

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Thursday, April 11th 2013

Alison Hennessey, Senior Crime Editor at Harvill Secker, has bought the next two books in Arne Dahl’s award winning crime series, adaptations of which the BBC will be broadcasting in the same Saturday night slot that turned The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge into household names. Hennessey bought UK & Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights from Tor Jonasson at the Salomonsson Agency.

Alison Hennessey, Senior Editor at Harvill Secker says: ‘We knew when we acquired the first two books in Arne Dahl’s crime series that he would go on to become one of the leading lights of our crime fiction list, and I’m delighted to have signed up the next two installments in this gripping, intelligent series.…

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Exhibit A Signs Terry Irving for Two Faster than Hell Political Crime Thrillers

Thursday, April 11th 2013

Exhibit A, the new crime fiction imprint of award-winning publisher Angry Robot, has signed 4-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer, Terry Irving, for two novels

Exhibit A Commissioning Editor Emlyn Rees, bought World English, translation and dramatisation rights in Courier, plus an as-yet unnamed sequel, from Dean Krystek at Word Link USA.

Courier is the first in the Freelancer series of breakneck-paced thrillers, featuring Rick Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle courier for one of Washington’s leading TV networks.

In addition to 4 Emmys, the author, Terry Irving, has also won 3 Peabody Awards and 3 DuPont Awards. He has been a producer, editor or writer with ABC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC.…

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Win a Kindle Fire in the ‘ALL FALL DOWN’ Treasure Hunt – The final clue is here….

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

To celebrate the release of ‘All Fall Down’ by Mark Edwards and Louise Voss, here’s your chance to win a kindle fire thanks to Harper Collins.

Firstly, to whet your appetite for the book, click here for an exciting extract.

And here, Louise and Mark talk about their latest book, read on for the question you’ll need to answer and then click here to get in the game and submit your treasure hunt entry.

You’ll need the answers from the other blog tour locations, the previous one you can find here, for all the clues you can go to the Voss and Edwards Facebook page, and make sure you get your entry sent in to killer reads by 28th February.…

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Aric Davis…on writing.

Monday, January 14th 2013

If you haven’t yet caught Aric Davis, then you have missed a treat.

You can check out a couple of my reviews of his books here:

A Good and Useful Hurt  &   Rough Men

And, I’m really pleased and honoured that Aric has taken the time to write this exclusive piece about his writing for Books and Writers – many thanks, Aric, you’re a gent.

The biggest influence on my writing, without question, has been Stephen King. First and foremost for his work as a storyteller, but also because of his wonderful book, “On Writing.”

I have no way of knowing exactly how many authors found their inner-muse because of Mr.

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The next big thing…

Monday, December 24th 2012

There’s this blog meme thing going around, as I’m sure most of you are aware.

I’ve been nominated to talk about myself and my first book for a little while by Luca Veste of Guilty Conscience.

I’ll tag in three more writers to watch at the end.

What is the working title of your book?

‘A Long December’ – it’s had that title for a few years now, that and ‘A Murder of Crows’ for a New York set crime novel both came to me around the same time. I do like making lists of possible titles and the fact those two kind of link in to one of my favourite bands, Counting Crows, helped a fair bit too.

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Saturday, December 1st 2012

‘It’s okay, my darling, hush now, it’s okay.’

Ellen held her baby daughter tightly, gently bouncing on the balls of her feet in an attempt to settle her down as she walked around the nursery room.

Bethany continued to wail, despite all her mother’s calming methods – techniques that rarely failed. On this night, however, they seemed of little use.

The room was becoming lighter, the sun rising on what promised to be another beautiful spring day. But that was all on the outside and all that Ellen could hope was that she might one day be able to bring sunshine back into her daughter’s life.…

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Sunday, September 16th 2012

Well, I parked Books and Writers a few weeks back for reasons I posted in my ‘Last Post’ there, but as I always thought, I think I’m going to need a blog of sorts in the future, so have grabbed one under my own name in preparation for something in the future.

Not sure what or when but, when I do, this is where it’ll appear.


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Breaking News!

Friday, July 20th 2012


Paula Daly at the festival on Saturday…….Read more:


Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels by UK debut author Paula Daly.


Rachel Rayner, Commissioning Editor, bought Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and The Day Before You Came from agent Jane Gregory at a lively auction involving six major publishers.


Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a novel that plays on one of your greatest fears – what would you do if your best friend’s daughter went missing on your watch? That’s what happens to Lisa Kallisto – an overwhelmed working mother of three – one freezing December day in the Lake District.

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