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Read an extract of The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

Bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel, comes a suspenseful tale of a murdered child and a mother’s quest for answers. Publishing in March 2020, we are excited to share a sneak-peek extract of the […]

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Read an extract from the start of The Bear Pit by S.G MacLean

In the 4th book of The Seeker series, Captain Seeker is back in London, on the trail of an assassin preparing to strike at the heart of Oliver Cromwell’s Republic. Take a sneak-peek at the […]

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The Motive: Heather Chavez talks about the inspiration for NO BAD DEED

Heather please could you give us a summary of what NO BAD DEED is about?   Driving home one night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After […]

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Read an extract of The Man on the Street

No one sees him. But he sees everything…   Next month, Trevor Wood’s gritty, Newcastle-set crime debut will be released in hardback. At the time of writing this, the ebook has already had 75 five […]

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9 Books That Reveal The Dark Side Of Love

At Crime Files, we’re bucking the trend this Valentine’s Day and picking some of our favourite books that will make you glad you’re single. Whether you’re celebrating being alone or in a relationship, why not […]

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Read an extract of Romy Hausmann’s Dear Child

Dear Child has been taking Europe by storm, with over 250,000 copies sold in Germany so far. It’s coming out in the UK in May, and we’ve got an early sneak peek of it for […]

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Preview of THE MURDER GAME by Rachel Abbott

I reach for the door handle with shaking fingers, wishing I’d said no – that I’d refused to play the game that is planned for tonight. Maybe I’m not as brave as I would like […]

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the cover of The Familiar Dark

Lewis Csizmazia, Senior Designer at Hodder & Stoughton, takes us behind the scenes of the cover design process for Amy Engel’s new nail-biting thriller, The Familiar Dark.   I’m a senior book cover designer predominately […]

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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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Sarah Hilary interviews Joe Barton, writer of GIRI / HAJI

I’m lucky enough to be spending January 2020 in Japan, indulging my new-found love of all things Japanese—the food and culture, the landscape and the people. From a crime writer perspective, the recent television hit Giri/Haji ticked […]

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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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Dorothy L. Sayers – Better than Christie?

Writer, broadcaster and journalist Barry Forshaw asks who really was the best writer in the British genre’s Golden Age…   As many crime fiction aficionados attest, Dorothy L. Sayers was a far better writer than […]

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