Recommended Reads: Swierczynski, Lauden, Black.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist by SW Lauden Straight out of the slammer, a former musician sets out to steal a rare Beatles single. Pistol…

Recommended Read: Isidora’s Pawn by Erik Hofstatter

  ‘Orrin is desperate to escape life’s crushing banalities. Enter Dores, a charismatic Spanish librarian he befriends on Instagram. With a gratuitous job offer on the cards, he travels to León and begins a night shift in a place where the broken and weary congregate in healing silence. The medieval library is painted with images…

Recommended Reads: Nolan, Gadsby.

Black Moss by David Nolan. In 1990, Manchester radio journalist Danny Johnston looks into the murder of a child while the eyes of the world are on the Strangeways prison riot. More than a quarter of a century later, he again takes up the investigation.  Black Moss is gripping, fast paced, moving, authentic, and funny,…

Recommended Reads: Rausch, Kalteis, Morr.

  Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch Mob enforcer Coke’s son is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and Coke heads off to redneck country to extract his bloody revenge. Bloody Sheets is a violent and powerful crime drama choc-full of great characters and crackling dialogue. Poughkeepsie Shuffle by Dietrich Kalteis In ’80s Toronto, an ex-con trying…

Recommended Read: Love Is A Grift by Graham Wynd

The first story in this tasty collection is Love Is A Grift – a twist on classic noir and crime fiction tropes that sharply changes its location – Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Scotland – and POVs – a hit-man, a femme fatale, a patsy – as it cleverly tells its tale. Hammer Films, Girl On A…

Recommended Read: Monkey Justice and Other Stories by Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott’s Monkey Justice stands head and shoulders above almost all short story collections out there. This is a mature and assured collection of brilliant stories that show us a great deal about the lives of  the wide range of characters. Personal favourites include ‘The Instrument Of Her Desire’, ‘Georgie’ and ‘The Squatter’ but there really isn’t a duff…