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10 Crime Books You Have to Read Before You Die

27 April 2014. By Sam Blake.

International best sellers John Connolly  and Declan Hughes  first presented versions of this list at the Dalkey Book Festival back in June 2011, then at the world mystery convention, Bouchercon in San Francisco. It went on to develop into Books to Die For, an Edgar…

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Jane Casey: Creating a Series Character

28 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

I was down at Waterford Writers Weekend last week and got to chat to wonderful crime writer Jane Casey about her Maeve Kerrigan character and how she created the series…this is part of the Six Minutes on Story series that my alter ego Vanessa Fox…

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Meg Rosoff on voice – THIS is what it’s about

27 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

Bit more for you – Meg Rosoff is one of those authors I feel privileged to have met. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck as Shem read out this piece – and just look at Meg’s reaction…how many of you…

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Paul Finch on ‘The Killing Club’

22 May 2014. By Sam Blake.

The inspiration for the DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg novels came from a variety of sources: not just from my own life as a cop, but my lifelong fascination with the hard-boiled detective medium, and my desire to branch out a little more into mainstream writing….

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How I Write by Lucy Clarke

19 April 2014. By Sam Blake.

Last year I spoke to Lucy Clarke about her debut novel The Sea Sisters, a book that hit the ground running with multiple foreign rights sales as well as becoming a Richard & Judy Book Club Choice. You can read the interview here. It’s not…

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Galway’s Giant of the Book World: Joe McCoubrey Talks To Ken Bruen

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By any measurement Galway author Ken Bruen is right up there with the best of them. With 35 novels neatly stacked on his bookshelf, six TV movies in the can, a 12-part series just agreed with Swedish TV, and the completion of two big screen…

Book Reviews

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Payback by Kimberley Chambers

27 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By guest reviewer Amy Gaffney: Family – they’re supposed to watch your back, not stab you in it. When your family motto is “What goes around comes around,” it’s hardly surprising that life is full of drama and suspense, as the Butler’s prove. In their…

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

Guest review by Kevin Massey The first thing you notice about ‘Gone Girl’ is its structure. It opens with the perspective of Nick, on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, the day that his wife disappears. The next chapter is from the perspective of…


The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By guest reviewer Kevin Ryan, Crime Scene reviewer for The Skull and the Nightingale has all the hallmarks of a gothic horror pastiche on first sight: a stark, black cover with a silhouette of a carriage and horses; within, the endpapers show a map…