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JOHN BROWNLOW chats to Paul Burke about SEVENTEEN: LAST MAN STANDING, film script sitting, SEVENTEEN: LAST MAN STANDING: YOU'LL NEVER KNOW MY NAME.BUT YOU WON'T FORGET MY NUMBER.Behind the events you know are the killers you don't.When diplomacy fails, we're the ones who gear up.Officially we don't exist, but every government in the world uses our services.We've been saving the world, and your ass, for 100 years.Sixteen people have done this job before me.I am 17. The most feared assassin in the world.But to be the best you must beat the best.My next target is 16, just as one day 18 will hunt me down.It's a dog-eat-dog world and it gets lonely at the top.Nobody gets to stay for long.But while we're here, all that matters is that we win.JOHN BROWNLOW is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. Born in Lincoln, UK, after studying maths and English at Oxford he produced and directed more than a dozen documentaries for British TV. In the early 2000s he turned to screenwriting, and wrote the film SYLVIA about Sylvia Plath, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. He also wrote the TV series FLEMING, about Ian Fleming's work in wartime intelligence, and the TV adaptation of Jessie Burton's best-selling novel THE MINIATURIST. His debut novel, SEVENTEEN, was published in 2022, and the sequel is due to be published in 2023. John holds British and Canadian citizenship and lives in Ontario, Canada.Film & TV RecommendationsEverything, Everywhere, All At OnceWhite LotusBetter Call SaulLeftoversWatchmenSeverancekleo (Paul's comment)Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
Series 3, Episode 2: VAL McDERMID (1989) & RUTH WARE (The It Girl) chat to Victoria Selman about HOOKING THE READER and KEEPING THEM INTERESTED, publishing then and now, Agatha Christie, the character in your mind and The Stasi Poetry Circle (Philip Oltermann). VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly DeeplyAmazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
ADAM HAMDY chats to Paul Burke about THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT, writing an original novel, the emotional journey you take the reader on, how characters convey meaning in a story, speculative thrillers, film and TV adaptation, page turning excitement and poetry.The Other Side of Night: This is David Asha's story, and that of his son, his wife and also, his best friend.You may think you know what this story is, but it is more, much more.Its a story of love and loss, lies and suspicion, secrets and history.A story about a loving family torn apart by tragedy, which leaves a child completely alone and the repercussions of actions which haunt the past and present.but also the future...Adam Hamdy takes us on an exploration of love, sacrifice and endless possibilities.Remarkable. Adam Hamdy may have created a completely new crime genre. -- Anthony HorowitzA strange, compelling, and ultimately moving head-spinner of a novel -- John ConnollyAdam Hamdy is a Sunday Times, Kindle, and international bestselling author and screenwriter. Adam writes the Scott Pearce series of contemporary espionage thrillers [Black 13, Red Wolves], and has written two Private books with James Patterson [Private Moscow, Private Rogue]. He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, a trilogy of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was a finalist for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction. Pendulum was chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and was selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club. Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors. The Other Side of Night is out in hardback 15/9/22.The Other Side of Night is like no crime novel I’ve ever read. The pages almost turn themselves and when I was finished I couldn’t stop thinking about the story’s incredible twists, turns, and surprises. -- James PattersonRecommendations Anthony Horowitz A Twist of the KnifeSteve Cavanagh The Accomplice Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
DAVID LAGERCRANTZ chats to Craig Sisterson about Dark Music (translated by Ian Giles), the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a contemporary Holmes and Watson, the social novel, what is genius and not having the luxury to be weak (class and privilege).DARK MUSIC The launch of a new series inspired by Sherlock Holmes. A murder investigation brings together two unlikely allies in a race to uncover a shadowy international conspiracy.Professor Hans Rekke: born into a wealthy Stockholm family, world authority on interrogation techniques, capable of vertiginous feats of logic and observation . . . But he might just fall apart when the going gets tough, leading to substance abuse and despair.Micaela Vargas: community police officer, born to Chilean political refugees in a tough suburb, with two brothers on the shady side of the law.Vargas feels she has something to prove. She's tenacious and uncompromising, but she needs Rekke's unique mind to help her solve the case. Rekke has it all - wealth, reputation - but also a tendency to throw it all away. He needs Vargas to help him get back on an even keel so he can focus his mind on finding the killer before they're both silenced for good.David Lagercrantz was born in 1962, and is an acclaimed Swedish author and journalist. In 2015 The Girl in the Spider's Web, his continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, became a worldwide bestseller, two further novels in the series followed. He is also the author of the acclaimed and bestselling I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Fall of Man in Wilmslow, on the death and life of Alan Turing. Dark Music is the first in a new contemporary crime series.Translator: Ian Giles translates all three Scandinavian languages into English. He is currently Chair of the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association. In 2015, Ian was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger for his translation of Andreas Norman’s Into A Raging Blaze. Ian currently lives in Edinburgh.Craig Sisterson is a features writer and crime fiction expert from New Zealand who writes for newspapers and magazines in several countries. In recent years he's interviewed hundreds of crime writers and talked about the genre on national radio, top podcasts, and onstage at festivals on three continents. He's been a judge of the McIlvanney Prize and Ned Kelly Awards, and is founder of the Ngaio Marsh Awards and co-founder of Rotorua Noir. He lives in London with his daughter. He is the author of  SOUTHERN CROSS CRIME: The Pocket Essentials Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of Australia & New Zealand.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime Time
Season 3, episode 1. DAVID BALDACCI (DREAM TOWN) & LINWOOD BARCLAY (TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY) On The Sofa With Victoria.Thrillers: Two legends of the crime writing chat thrillers with Victoria. Learning from film, momentum, suspense vs shock, , chapter breaks, lean & mean-couch potato writing, the competition, and feeling sorry for Dan Brown.VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly DeeplyAmazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY BLOODY SCOTLAND 15th - 18th September, 2022.A CRIME TIME FM SPECIAL Victoria Selman and Paul Burke chat to Festival Director BOB MCDEVITT and Scottish crime writers SARAH SMITH (HEAR NO EVIL) & ABIR MUKHERJEE (WYNDHAM & BANERJEE series), about what makes Bloody Scotland so special, the McIlvanney Prize and Scottish Debut Novel Awards, what it takes to put on a successful hybrid festival, a star studded cast which includes John Connolly, Dean Koontz, Sir Ian Rankin, Sara Paretsky, Ann Cleeves et al, and the Scotland vs England rivalry on the pitch.BLOODY SCOTLANDBLOODY SCOTLAND DIGITAL PASSTo book tickets over the phone simply call 01786 274000. Lines open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm.The McIlvanney Prize Shortlist:Liam McIlvanney  The HereticAlan Parks                May God Forgive Louise Welsh          The Second CutAmbrose Parry     A Corruption of BloodBloody Scotland Crime Debut Of The Year shortlist:Tariq Ashkanani            Welcome to CooperFrankie Boyle                 MeantimeSarah Smith                     Hear No EvilGeorge Paterson          The Girl, the Crow, the Writer & the FighterAmanda Mitchison      The Wolf HuntersProduced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
JOHN VERCHER chats to Paul Burke about his new novel AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT, identity, racism, Mixed Marshal Arts, mental health - CTE/Alzheimer's and carers, noir/tragedy and propulsive storytelling, and fear for the dog (Loki) AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT: How do you save yourself when you’re the person you trust least of all? Xavier "Scarecrow" Wallace is a biracial Black MMA fighter on the wrong side of thirty, who is facing the comeback fight of his life. He is also losing his battle with pugilistic dementia- a struggle he can no longer deny.In the nursing home of his father, a white man suffering from Alzheimer's, Xavier witnesses shocking episodes that expose ugly truths about his past and his family.And as the big fight draws near, a sparring session with a younger competitor goes horribly wrong, leaving Xavier faced with a dangerous dilemma: throw his match or suffer the deadly consequences.After the Lights Go Out is a propulsive exploration of biracial identity, the price that athletes pay to entertain, and one man's battle to reconcile his past- even when he can't hold on to his present.John Vercher lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program. He is a contributing writer for WBUR Boston’s Cognoscenti, and NPR features his essays on race, identity, and parenting. His debut novel, THREE-FIFTHS, was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune, CrimeReads, and Booklist. It was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Strand Magazine Critics’ Awards for Best First Novel. John's second novel AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT is available now. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @jverchwrites.RecommendationChet'la Sabree Field Study(honourable mentions)James Hannaham Delicious FoodsSmith Henderson Fourth of July CreekLeonard Gardner Fat CityWilliam Boyle Shoot the Moonlight OutEli Cranor Don't Know Tough Ted Flanagan Every Hidden ThingScott Blackburn It Dies With You.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .If you've enjoyed this interview listen to Ted Flanagan and Scott Blackburn on CTFM.
Paul Burke takes a look at the latest crime fiction for August. From a top notch comedy thriller-come-meta-fiction to a slice of southern rural noir, from a dysfunctional family drama to a tense heist, and from the US and Mexico to the UK with brief spells in Crete and Dublin. Books reviewed:Anthony  Horowitz.   A Twist of the Knife                                                     top cosy /comedy Gabino Iglesias   The Devil Takes You Home                                               top noir Jean Hanff Korelitz  The Latecomer                                                                 top dramaJohn Trinian  The Big Grab & The Savage BreastWiley Cash  This Dark Road to MercyRG Adams  The Last HouseAlan Johnson  One of Our Ministers is Missing                                        top beach read  Ace Atkins (Robert B Parker Spenser series)  Bye Bye Baby            laudable swansong  Andrea Mara  Hide an Seek Deborah Masson  From the AshesJohn Vercher  After the Lights Go Out*                                                        top literary noir Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .Coming in September: Robert Harris, Peter Papathanasiou, Will Dean, Rijula Das, Tim Leach...
JANET EVANOVICH chats to Paul Burke about THE RECOVERY AGENT, GAME ON, Stephanie Plum and Gabriela Rose, humour and sex, The Mummy, Midnight Run, Teslas and having a mouth like a truck driver. THE RECOVERY AGENT Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it - Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.GAME ON Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton in the 28th book in the wildly popular series. When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen.  And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude whom she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.  Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless.  Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice.  Unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition in this case, she’ll need to watch her back every step of the way as she sets the stage to draw Wednesday out from behind his computer and into the real world.   Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the co-authored Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, and the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.Recommendations/MentionsLee GoldbergRobert B Parker - Spenser seriesSara ParetskySue GraftonFilm: Midnight RunProduced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES & ENDS: An On The Sofa With Victoria Special.PART 3: ENDINGSVictoria Selman chats to Dominic Nolan about novel endings. The importance of the twist in a crime novel, why first sentences stand out more than last, or do they/, what makes a satisfying ending?DOMINIC NOLAN is the British the author of 3 crime fictions. His latest VINE STREET is a superb London set historical mystery, it is available now in paperback.VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly DeeplyAmazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES & ENDS: An On The Sofa With Victoria Special.PART 2: MIDDLESVictoria Selman chats to Dominic Nolan about the middle of the novel. Why are middles challenging for authors? What do readers want? What are the tools that help make a good middle? DOMINIC NOLAN is the British the author of 3 crime fictions. His latest VINE STREET is a superb London set historical mystery, it is available now in paperback.VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly DeeplyAmazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES & ENDS: An On The Sofa With Victoria Special.PART 1: BEGINNINGSVictoria Selman chats to Dominic Nolan about novel openings, what makes a great opening, how to hook your readers and getting a character in.DOMINIC NOLAN is the British the author of 3 crime fictions. His latest VINE STREET is a superb London set historical mystery, it is available now in paperback.VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly DeeplyAmazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
SHERRYL CLARK chats to Paul Burke about her new Judi Westerholme novel MAD, BAD AND DEAD. Melbourne, poetry, structure and pace, the innocents caught up in crime, keeping it grounded and Finland.MAD, BAD AND DEAD: A dead employee. A missing child. Anonymous phone calls in the dead of night. Judi Westerholme's troubles aren't over yet... Already struggling to juggle co-running Candlebark's pub/bistro along with her new childcare responsibilities, Judi does not need her life to become any more complicated. Yet, as usual, complications arrive in spades: she starts receiving threatening, late-night phone calls before discovering one of her employees, Kate, shot dead in her bed. Judi finds herself caught up in a murder investigation, as well as the hunt for the Kate's fourteen year old daughter, who has been missing since the murder. Add in the uncertainty of her relationship with Melbourne-based D.S. Heath and the fact that her estranged mother's nursing home keeps urging her to visit, and Judi might finally be at breaking point.Sherryl Clark has had 40 children's and YA books published in Australia, and several in the US and UK, plus collections of poetry and four verse novels. She has taught writing at Holmesglen TAFE and Victoria University. She completed a Master of Fine Arts program at Hamline University, Minnesota, and has just finished a PhD in creative writing. Her three adult crime novels are TRUST ME I'M DEAD, DEAD AND GONE & MAD, BAD AND DEAD.RecommendationsGarry Disher - the Paul Hirsch mysteries Emma Viskic - Those Who PerishVikki Petraitis - The UnbelievedCatherine Lee - Dark Justice Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
MARK ELLIS chats to Paul Burke about the latest Frank Merlin mystery DEAD IN THE WATER, wartime London, the American army in the UK, what makes good historical writing and the richest man in the world at the time Calouste Gulbenkian.DEAD IN THE WATER: Summer, 1942. The Second World War rages on but Britain now faces the Nazi threat with America at its side.In a bombed-out London swarming with gangsters and spies, DCI Frank Merlin continues his battle against rampant wartime crime. A mangled body is found in the Thames just as some items of priceless art go mysteriously missing. What sinister connection links the two?Merlin and his team follow a twisting trail of secrets and lies as they investigate a baffling and deadly puzzle .MARK ELLIS is a thriller writer from Swansea and a former barrister and entrepreneur. Mark grew up under the shadow of his parents' experience of the Second World War. His father served in the wartime navy and died a young man. His mother told him stories of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea from the safe vantage point of a hill in Llanelli, and of attending tea dances in wartime London under the bombs and doodlebugs.In consequence, Mark has always been fascinated by World War II and, in particular, the Home Front and the fact that while the nation was engaged in a heroic endeavour, crime flourished. Murder, robbery, theft and rape were rife. Mark is author of the DCI Frank Merlin series, Mark is also a member of the Crime Writer's Association and Crime Cymru.Recommendations:Nigh and the City - Gerald Kersh. Film by Jules DassinA Place of Greater Safety - Hilary MantelThe Accursed Kings - Maurice DruonMy Friend Maigret - Georges Simenon(mentioned Citizens - Simon SchamaHereward the Wake - Charles Kingsley)Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
TOM VAUGHAN MACAULAY chats to Paul Burke about his new novel COUNTDOWN TO A KILLING, meta-fiction, writing with a full time career as a lawyer, the modern epistolary novel and quirky characters.COUNTDOWN TO A KILLING: Wen Li, an anxious young woman who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, is tormented by an incessant fear that she might have homicidal impulses. Wen falls for her self-absorbed colleague, Lomax Clipper, who is writing a whodunnit in his spare time. Lomax is pining for Italy and a Sicilian woman he met while on secondment, despite his recurring nightmare about someone being killed on a picturesque street in Palermo. Wen and Lomax both loathe their boss, Julian Ponsonby, who, unbeknown to them, is struggling… as is Fifi de Angelis, a vulnerable man who has been ostracised by his family.Packed with humour, heartache and suspense, this contemporary take on the epistolary novel interweaves the different perspectives of characters whose lives become increasingly entangled.Told through interwoven correspondence, emails and WhatsApp messages, with the suspense around an impending murder steadily building, Countdown to a Killing is a deep exploration of multiple perspectives and points of view of individuals who are inextricably bound. The key themes of love, sexuality, ethnicity, mental health and acceptance are sensitively explored in a unique linear yet multi-layered and metafictional narrative. Packed with humour, heartache and a cast of expertly-crafted characters, this contemporary take on the epistolary novel will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.TOM VAUGHAN MACAULAY is a solicitor. His first novel, Being Simon Haines, was published in 2017 to high critical acclaim. The novel was selected as a Best Book for Summer by Alex Wade, writing in The Times, Law, while Justin Warshaw, writing in The Times Literary Supplement, described it as a ‘grand narrative of a young man on the cusp of the realization of a dream’. Edward Fennell, writing in The Times, the Brief premium, asked whether it would become ‘the defining novel for [Tom's] generation about what it means to be a driven corporate lawyer’. Countdown to a Killing is his second novel. www.tomvaughanmacaulay.comRecommendations:The Five Hallie Rubenhold Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS: In the season 2  finale POLLY PHILLIPS (THE REUNION), HARRIET TYCE (IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT),  TM LOGAN (THE CURFEW), discuss bringing out the worst in each other, long held resentments, trigger events, gaslighting, crabs in a bucket and the white sock incident (wince).VICTORIA SELMANSundayTimes bestselling author of Truly Darkly Deeply Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3xmvMeSWebsite for news and giveaways: http://www.victoriaselmanauthor.comTwitter: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria.Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
BEVERLEY JONES, aka B.E. Jones, chats to Paul Burke about her novels The Beach House and The Wilderness and the Firebird Pictures/Amazon Prime adaptation of The Wilderness starring Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson Cohen . Shout outs for Ferndale and Storyville Books in Pontypridd.THE BEACH HOUSE: When Grace Jensen returns to her home one day, she finds a body in a pool of blood and a menacing gift left for her.The community of Lookout Beach is shocked by such a brutal intrusion in their close-knit neighbourhood - particularly to a family as successful and well-liked as the Jensens - and a police investigation to find the trespasser begins.But Grace knows who's after her. She might have changed her name and moved across the world, deciding to hide on the Oregon coast, but she's been waiting seventeen years for what happened in the small Welsh town where she grew up to catch-up with her.Grace might seem like the model neighbour and mother, but nobody in Lookout Beach - not even her devoted husband Elias - knows the real her. Or how much blood is on her hands.THE WILDERNESS: LOVE CAN HURT. BETRAYAL CAN KILL.Shattered by the discovery of her husband's affair, Liv knows they need to leave the chaos of New York to save their marriage. Maybe the road trip they'd always planned, exploring America's national parks - just the two of them - would help heal the wounds.But what Liv hasn't told her husband is that she has set him three challenges on their trip - three opportunities to prove he's really sorry.If he fails? Well, it's dangerous out there in the wilderness; accidents happen all the time.And if it's easy to die, then it's also easy to kill.BEVERLEY 'B.E.' JONES is a former journalist and police press officer, now a novelist and book obsessive. She was born in a small village in the South Wales valleys, north of Cardiff and started her journalism career with Trinity Mirror newspapers before becoming a broadcast journalist with BBC Wales Today.She has worked on all aspects of crime reporting (as well as community news and features) producing stories and content for newspapers and live TV. Most recently she worked as a press officer for South Wales Police, dealing with the media and participating in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning. Perhaps unsurprisingly she channels these experiences of 'true crime,' and her insight into the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales and now further afield.RecommendationsSAMANTHA DOWNING - For Your Own Good & My Lovely Wife Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
HEADS TOGETHER - the WE ARE NO LONGER REAL PEOPLE Episode - with a special feature on St. Hilda's Crime Fiction Weekend. Paul Burke chats to Sarah Hilary about this unique event 12th-14th August in Oxford.BOOKING for ST. HILDA'SFor general details and full programme hereTo attend in person hereTo join in online hereSARAH HILARY is a best selling author and winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award. Her stand alone psychological novel FRAGILE was published in 2021.PAUL BURKE writes about crime fiction for Crime Fiction Lover, Crime Time and the European Literature Network. He is a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022.VICTORIA SELMAN is the bestselling author of the Ziba MacKenzie serial killer thrillers. Her new literary crime novel Truly, Darkly, Deeply has just been published by Quercus. BARRY FORSHAW is the editor of Crime Time, author of several books on film and crime fiction and the FT Crime Fiction Critic. His latest book SIMENON: the Man, the Books, the Films has just been released by Oldcastle Books.The Watchlist:Laura Wilson The Partisan - Patrick WorrallBarry Forshaw The Lost Man of Bombay - Vaseem Khan Maxim Jakubowski Winter Work - Dan Fesperman Jake Kerridge A Season in Exile - Oliver Harris  Ayo Onatade All I Said was True - Imran MahmoodVictoria Selman Lying Beside You - Michael RobothamCraig Sisterson No Country For Girls - Emma StylesSonja van der Westhuizen More Than You'll Ever Know - Katie Gutierrez Erin Britton Bryant and May's Peculiar London - Christopher FowlerPaul Burke TheAccomplice - Steve Cavanagh Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate & LeighCrime Time
SCOTT BLACKBURN chats to Paul Burke about his Southern Rural Noir IT DIES WITH YOU character, influences, the amazing Mountainview  MFA (JOHN VERCHER, TED FLANAGAN), picking an agent, getting out there and selling your book.IT DIES WITH YOU For nearly a decade, twenty-nine-year-old Hudson Miller has made his living in the boxing ring, but a post-fight brawl threatens to derail his career. Desperate for money, Hudson takes a gig as a bouncer at a dive bar. That's when life delivers him another hook to the jaw: his estranged father, Leland, has been murdered in what appears to be a robbery-gone-bad at his salvage yard, Miller's Pull-a-Part. Soon after his father's funeral, Hudson learns he's inherited the salvage yard, and he returns to his Bible-belt hometown of Flint Creek, North Carolina, to run the business. But the business is far more than junk cars and scrap metal. It was the site of an illegal gun-running ring. And the secrets don't end there; a grisly discovery is made at the yard that thrusts Hudson into the fight of his life. Reeling for answers, Hudson joins forces with his father's former employee, 71-year-old, beer-guzzling Vietnam vet Charlie Shoaf, and a feisty teenage girl, Lucy Reyes, who's fiercely seeking justice for her own family tragedy. With a murderer on the loose and no answers from the local cops, the trio of outcasts launch an investigation. The shocking truth they uncover will shake Flint Creek to its very core.Scott Blackburn is an English instructor and a 2017 graduate of the Mountainview MFA program. He lives in High Point, North Carolina with his wife and two children. When he is not writing and teaching, Scott enjoys training in combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai, and Ju-jitsu, in which he holds a black belt.Recommendations:Wiley CashMichael Farris SmithChris OffuttDaniel WoodrellTom FranklinMark Westmoreland A Violent GospelTed Flanagan Every Hidden ThingJohn Vercher After the Lights Go OutPeter Farris The Devil HimselfEli Cranor Don't Know ToughTiffany Quay Tyson The Past is NeverProduced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA Historical Dagger Judge 2022 .
BARRY FORSHAW chats to Paul Burke about SIMENON: THE MAN, THE BOOKS, THE FILMS. A 21st Century re-examination of SIMENON, Maigret and the Romans Durs novels, a wide ranging discussion of everything from Simenon's place in French literature to Robert Newton and Spartacus. SIMENON: THE MAN, THE BOOKS, THE FILMS The legendary Georges Simenon was the most successful and influential writer of crime fiction in a language other than English; Andre Gide called him 'the greatest French novelist of our times'. Celebrated crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw's informed and lively study draws together Simenon's extraordinary life and his work on both page and screen. By the time of Simenon's death in 1989, his French detective Maigret had become an institution, rivalled only by Sherlock Holmes. The pipe-smoking Inspector of Police is a quietly spoken observer of human nature who uses the techniques of psychology on those he encounters (both the guilty and the innocent) - with no rush to moral condemnation. Simenon's non-Maigret standalone books are among the most commanding in the genre, and, as a trenchant picture of French society, his concise novels collectively offer up a fascinating analysis. And his influence on an army of later crime writers is incalculable. Alongside his own considerable insights, Barry Forshaw has interviewed people who worked either with Simenon or on his books: publishers, editors, translators, and other specialist writers. He has created a literary prism through which to appreciate one of the most distinctive achievements in the whole of crime fiction.Barry Forshaw is one of the UK's leading experts on crime fiction and film. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide, Nordic Noir, Italian Cinema, American Noir and British Crime Film. Other work: Sex and Film, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir, Historical Noir, BFI War of the Worlds and the Keating Award-winners British Crime Writing Encyclopedia and Brit Noir. He writes for various newspapers, is the Financial Time crime fiction critic,  contributes Blu-ray extras, broadcasts, chairs events and edits Crime Time. crimetime.co.ukBook RecommendationsMaigret:The Saint-Fiacre Affair (L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre)Maigret's Doubts (Les Scrupules de Maigret)Pietr the Latvian (Pietr-le-Letton)Maigret Defends Himself (Maigret Se Défend)My Friend Maigret (Mon Ami Maigret)Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (The Cellars of the Majestic, Fr. Les Caves du Majestic)Romans Durs discussed:The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By (L'Homme qui Regardait Passer les Trains)The Strangers in the House (Les Inconnus dans la Maison)The Mahé Circle (Le Cercle des Mahé)Pedigree (Pedigree)The Snow was Dirty (La Neige Était Sale)Produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and LeighCrime TimePaul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is also a CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER  Judge 2022.
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