Overlooked Crime: Rebuilding Coventry – Sue Townsend by K. A. Laity

Best known for the Adrian Mole books, the late Sue Townsend wrote a variety of other interesting novels, memoirs and plays. I picked up this one after Beth Jellicoe mentioned it on her piece about Muriel Sparks’ Loitering with Intent, the latter certainly one of my faves amongst her many fine novels—and a book that…

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One by Paul D. Brazill

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Ginger Ronny had told Burkey about the murder towards the bitter end of one of their occasional raucous Tuesday night drinking sessions, as the dawn had desperately begun to grasp for life and Malcolm Duffy was grumpily getting ready to close up Le Duffy. But it wasn’t until…

True Crimes by Ian Lewis Copestick

Every night we watch true crime programmes on T.V. Tonight the inevitable happened, one crime slid into another. My wife asked  “Do you get this ? Why did he kill him ?” I said ” Well, obviously it was the ten grand. ” ” No, Ian that was the last programme. The one that was…

The Big Issue by Paul D Brazill

You see, they call them issues these days. Not like issues of comics like Shoot or Whizzer and Chips or Razzle, though. Naw, these are things like anger management issues, relationship issues, substance abuse issues. What that means is that issues are stuff that’s wrong with you. Stuff that fucks you up. And fucked-up people are…

Barely Crimbo by Graham Wynd

Here it is barely Grimace; Time to deck the malls. Wish you a hairy crossbus; Fall down all the golden balls. Hark the Harold angles bring Glory to the edge-lord bling. Dashing through the pub, With a one-horse foamy ale, Oh, what fun it is to slide Through tat that’s cheap on sale. Olé. Grimble…

My M.R.I. by Ian Lewis Copestick

Tonight, I went for a M.R.I. scan An hour of trying to lay completely still Inside a tube that makes really loud Space noises. Wom – wom – wom – Wom – wom – wom – wom – wom – wom Bzzzzfffzzzt ! Bzzzzfffzzzt ! Wom – wom – wom – wom – wom ….

Recommended Read: Tommy Shakes by Rob Pierce

Former heroin addict Tommy Shakes is a perennial screw up. He’s an habitual criminal with a long-suffering wife, a young son, and dog called Rommel. He’s also a heavy-duty booze hound looking for a heist that will pay enough for him to get back into his wife’s good books.  He gets his chance when he…

The Two Ronnies: Done To Death

Piggy Malone (Ronnie Barker) and Charley Farley (Ronnie Corbett) are private detectives who investigate a mystery about a murdered family, featuring Sue Lloyd as Blanche Brimstone. As soon as Piggy finds out about the murder in the newspaper, a decision’s made that means a trip to the country, and there’s a second murder during an…

Recommended Read: Frank Sidebottom-Out Of His Head by Mick Middles

The mind of Chris Sievey was clearly a treasure trove – indeed, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave – of bright and shiny ideas, many of which, thankfully, came to fruition. Most notably in the effervescent forms of The Freshies and Frank Sidebottom. The Freshies were a brilliantly eccentric power pop/ new wave band who cheekily surfed…

#Noirvember: Office Killer

‘Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton. ‘