The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman

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It’s been ten years since the serial killer known as Cupid terrorized the city of Miami. Ten years since William Bantling was sentenced to die for the vicious murders of eleven women. Ten years since Miami prosecutor C.J. Townsend finally achieved retribution for the heinous crime that was committed against her.

Now a new killer stalks the city, and a new prosecutor is charged with ensuring that justice is served for a pretty University student who was … Read More >>

Read an extract of Rat Trap by Paula R.C. Readman

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Paula R.C. Readman won the 2012 Writing Magazine Crime Short Story competition judged by Mark Billingham. Here is an extract of her latest short story.

Rat Trap By Paula R. C. Readman

If you are asking me if I believe in forgiveness, in my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it.  Last night was difficult for me.  In the end, I turned over onto my back in bed, eager to … Read More >>

Roofscapes by Paula Readman

As Europe’s largest crime writing event celebrates its milestone tenth festival this July, Writing Magazine and Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate teamed up to challenge budding writers to write a Crime short story (max 1,800 words) with the theme ‘Ten’.

The shortlist was read and judged by bestselling and internationally renowned crime writer Mark Billingham, the 2012 Festival Programming Chair, who picked the overall winner. Congratulations to Paula Readman, … Read More >>

You’re Booked Presents Exclusive Content from Steven Dunne

Steven Dunne

Steven Dunne has written for fun since attending Kent University. After a brief and terrifying stint as a standup comic, he became a freelance journalist writing for The Times and the Independent. He is now a part-time teacher in Derby. He is the author of the highly acclaimed thrillers The Reaper and The Disciple.  His latest novel Deity, a British serial killer thriller, is set in and around Derby.

“A gripping serial killer story with … Read More >>

“How to Write a Nordic Bestseller” by Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw

Broke after the Christmas break? Barry Forshaw, author of Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, teaches us* how to write a best-selling Nordic crime novel and get a taste of those Stieg Larsson millions… 

1. Pick your Scandinavian country 

Readers of those massively-selling Scandinavian crime thrillers know their Norwegian fjords from their Stockholm suburbs; so make sure you evoke your locale with maximum atmosphere, be it the endless forests and big skies … Read More >>

Judging a book by its cover…

One can only feel sorry for the book cover. Blockbuster films are branded in a singular style and music albums are sold around the world inside a universal sleeve, but the poor book cover is subject to massive change as it goes from territory to territory and can even change from one day to the next. One Day indeed, a good example to take. The film hits cinemas and suddenly all bookstores house two copies of … Read More >>

Peggy Blair – Debut Novel Out Soon!

Regular You’re Booked blogger Peggy Blair’s debut novel The Beggar’s Opera is available soon! We’re very excited for her, to pre-order or find out more, click here or read more about it here!
The book is out in … Read More >>

Chris Simmons on Patricia Highsmith & The Talented Mr Ripley

CrimeSquad's Chris Simmons

I have always had a love/hate/love relationship with Patricia Highsmith. I have all her novels and have read her since the early nineties. Sometimes I think her work is so sublime that it is almost breathtaking. Then I read another and at the end throw it across the room in frustration. But then I read it again later and it is then I can see the reason why Highsmith took this particular path … Read More >>

“The Year’s Best Crime Fiction” by Barry Forshaw

Critic and Author, Barry Forshaw

British crime critic and author Barry Forshaw chooses his best picks from the 2010 crime crop. This article first appeared in The Independent.

Fast-fading 2010 produced an embarrassment of riches for the crime fiction aficionado. While various bestselling names phoned in some sadly uninspired work, others shone brilliantly, with the burgeoning field of crime in translation steaming ahead. Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman (Harvill Secker) consolidated his reputation as … Read More >>

How to set up a Reading Group

Want to start a reading revolution? You’re Booked chatted to Harrogate Library to get their tips on the easy way to start your own reading group.

Getting started

There are no rules for setting up and running a reading group.  A reading group is simply a group of people who meet regularly to discuss books that they have all read, for enjoyment and relaxation.

Reading groups can be made up of friends, colleagues, acquaintances, or if you want to … Read More >>

Ali Karim: The World’s Biggest Crime Fiction Fan?

Robert Crais and Ali Karim Harrogate 2008

Ali Karim – is Assistant Editor at Shots eZine, a contributing editor at January Magazine & The Rap Sheet and writes for Crimespree magazine, Deadly Pleasures and Mystery Readers International and is an associate member of both The Crime Writers Association [CWA], International Thriller Writers [ITW] and the Private Eye Writers of America [PWA]. And he’s probably the world’s biggest crime fiction fan. … Read More >>

“Getting Serious about the Crime Series” by David Speer

Crime fiction fans, David and Jody Speer

I’m a mystery/crime reader who is not big on novel series. (Full disclosure: I stopped reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books in the middle of Nothing to Lose and haven’t gone back. I may be the only person in the world who can say “I stopped reading Reacher.” Not something I’m bragging about, by the way.) I spend a fair amount of time trying to figure out which one or … Read More >>