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Colorful Reads from the Companion Book Club

If you were a member of the Companion Book Club in the 1960s, you enjoyed some great reads from the likes of Len Deighton, Alistair MacLean, Victor Canning, Ngaio Marsh, Gavin Lyall, Laurens van der Post, Dick Francis and Douglas Reeman. The illustrators weren’t bad either. Step back a few decades with these rollicking reads.

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The Akashic Noir Series – Gritty, Grim and Glorious

In 2004, Akashic Books published Brooklyn Noir, a collection of short noir stories set around Brooklyn. People loved the regional authenticity and hardboiled, honest-to-goodness grit, and a series was born. Now you can read about murder in Mumbai, trouble in Trinidad, a corpse in Cape Cod and far beyond – the Akashic Noir series is […]

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London Getting Agatha Christie Statue

According to The Guardian, the theatre district in London is in for a treat – approval has just come through from Westminster Council to erect a memorial statue for the queen of crime writing, Agatha Christie. The statue will not be the likeness of Ms. Christie, but rather will take the shape of a giant […]

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Ace Books: Publishing Pioneers of Science Fiction

Anne McCaffrey, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin – these prominent authors and many more owe a debt of gratitude to Ace Books. Founded in 1952, this pioneering publisher championed science fiction and helped bring talented young writers out of obscurity and into the spotlight. Many of their striking paperbacks have become favorite finds for […]

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39 Books for a John Buchan Collection

We have a guest writer today – bookseller Peter Thackeray describes the legacy of the author who helped launch the espionage fiction genre with The Thirty-Nine Steps. John Buchan published more than 25 novels and yet he had a remarkable life away from writing that included being a Member of Parliament and Governor-General of Canada. […]

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Ngaio Marsh: New Zealand’s Mistress of the Macabre

Ngaio Marsh was a mystery writer whose tales of murder and intrigue had her known as New Zealand’s Mistress of the Macabre.

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Is JK Rowling writing a crime novel? Ask Ian Rankin

More news on JK Rowling’s career. Ian Rankin, a fellow author and neighbor of Rowling, says she is writing a crime novel and that she is back hanging around Edinburgh’s cafes. We don’t even have a title or a publication date yet, but the book world is buzzing with excitement.

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Peter James on cracking the US thriller market

The WSJ asks why American thriller writers are huge in the UK and yet British thriller writers struggle to sell books in the U.S.? For bestselling British crime writer Peter James, it’s not an academic question. Mr. James’s novels are published in 34 languages and have sold more than 10 million copies. His books regularly […]

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A vote to the death: crime writers in morgue naming contest

Ten crime writers are competing for the honor of having a new morgue at Dundee University named after them, reports BBC Scotland. Now that’s what I call a lasting tribute. The university needs another £1 million to build the morgue, so some bright spark came up with a public vote. Authors taking part in the […]

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Pride and Prejudice the Sequel….by P.D. James?

Mystery crime writer P.D. James has written a new novel – “Death Comes to Pemberley” – as a follow-up to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. No, really.

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