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Neil Spring on using real-life historical events to inspire The Haunted Shore

Bestselling author Neil Spring’s new novel The Haunted Shore, is a chilling ghost story based on real-life historical events and and the haunting wilderness of Suffolk. Here, Neil tells Crime Files how he used these […]

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Read an extract from The Downstairs Neighbour by Helen Cooper

  In a converted Georgian townhouse in south west London, three families live under one roof. The large flat that takes up the top two floors is home to the Harlow family: happily married Paul […]

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Read an extract from What My Sister Knew by Nina Laurin

  From the author of Girl Last Seen comes a psychological thriller that delivers Nina Laurin’s signature “heart-stopping” suspense (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author). “…currently wanted by the police. If you know anything about the […]

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Read an extract from Simon Kernick’s thrilling KILL A STRANGER

PROLOGUE   DCI Cameron Doyle   Justice. I’ve spent a thirty-year career being paid to uphold it. I’ve had successes, sure. I’ve put no fewer than twenty-six killers behind bars, as well as numerous other […]

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Preview of BURY THEM DEEP by James Oswald

She hates herself.   All the way from work, back to her compact top-floor flat, she feels the loathing in her gut, even as she feels the excitement too. It’s always this way, the tug […]

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Read an extract from the start of Chris Hammer’s SILVER

There is blood everywhere. He pushes the door open and there is blood everywhere. The door is ajar, keys in the lock, so he pushes it open, a greeting forming on his lips, and there […]

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Who is Jude Lyon? Simon Conway introduces his protagonist in The Stranger

The Stranger by Simon Conway   Who is Jude Lyon?   Jude Lyon is an officer of the Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, a graduate of an ancient university and a veteran […]

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Read an extract from Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan

From the author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Agency novels comes an ambitious new historical crime series set in 1950s post-Partition India. Dark, immersive, and showcasing Khan’s trademark authenticity and deep knowledge of India, Midnight […]

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Read an extract from Claire Askew’s Cover Your Tracks

    ‘What if I told you,’ he said, ‘that I believe my mother’s life to be in danger?’   Beautifully written and ingeniously plotted, COVER YOUR TRACKS is the third beautifully written and brilliant […]

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Forensic Psychiatrists and Crime Fiction: Top 10 myths corrected by Susan Hatters Friedman, MD

​   Though Hannibal Lecter most readily jumps to mind, other forensic psychiatrists also feature in crime fiction. Yet, as an ardent mystery reader and a forensic psychiatrist, I am often yanked out of the […]

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Free Extract! A Lie For A Lie by Julie Corbin

Prologue   I tell a lie – it’s the wrong lie. I choose it without thinking about the consequences. And I get much more than I bargained for. Serves me right? You be the judge. […]

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Read an extract of Paper Dolls by Lisa Bradley

Paper Dolls is the gripping debut psychological thriller from author Lisa Bradley. Perfect for fans of Heidi Perks and CL Taylor, Paper Dolls is a must read psychological thriller for the summer. Read how it […]

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