Literature

Best known to crime fiction lovers for his starring roles in the likes of Sherlock and Fargo, Martin Freeman is stepping into very different shoes for The Responder, written by author Tony Schumacher and set in Liverpool, which launches on BBC One at 9pm on 24 January. Freeman plays Chris, described as “…a crisis-stricken, morally
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Welsh crime fiction is looking forward to a big boost in 2022 with the Gwyl Crime Cymru Festival in Aberystwyth at the end of April, and The Engine House by Rhys Dylan is a good choice if you want to be transported to the wet, windswept and moody climate of rural West Wales. The setting
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Gold standard Outback noir from the rich opal fields of barren northern Queensland, Australia. Chris Hammer’s new stand alone tale may well be his best writing to date and that’s saying something as it follows his engrossing and original Scrublands trilogy. Like those doorstop novels, Opal Country is epic in scale but it’s also a
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Debut fiction author Hiawatha Bray draws on his deep knowledge and experience in writing this highly entertaining techno-thriller set mostly in Boston. Like Bray himself, his protagonist, Weldon Drake, is a technology reporter for a leading newspaper, and both are deacons in an African-American Baptist Church. Late one night, MIT graduate student Astrid Nelson is
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If gritty police procedurals are your crime fiction fix, then maybe it’s time to add Marrisse Whittaker to that ever-growing list of authors to explore. Set in the North East of England, The Devil’s Line is her follow up to The Magpie, which was shortlisted for The Lindisfarne Prize for Outstanding Debut Crime Fiction in
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If Reacher were a spy, not a citizen avenger, he’d be a lot like the Englishman, Dan Raglan, the protagonist of David Gilman’s new globe trotting action series. There’s a comparable level of excitement in this thriller series for Jack Reacher fans to savour and lovers of Gilman’s historical epics will still find much to
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Narrated by Caroline Lennon — Northern Ireland writer Stuart Neville’s domestic noir thriller creeps into your consciousness bit by bit until it becomes an irresistible story of women dominated and abused by the men in their lives. Sara Keane and her rather new husband Damien have moved from England back to his home in Northern
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