We’ve got two fabulous new authors and three new titles from a huge favourite coming out in ebook in The Murder Room this month. If you love crime fiction, whether it’s classic contemporary, retro thriller or vintage noir, you’re going to be spoilt for choice!
First up is Ethel Lina White, a Golden Age writer (ie, who was published between the two World Wars). In 1936 she wrote a book called The Wheel Spins, which in 1938 was made into the iconic film The Lady Vanishes, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Boarding school teachers are frightened to death; pretty heiresses vanish into Mayfair flats; strange ‘nuns’ inspire terror in a village. If you like old-school chilling thrillers, you’ll love Ethel Lina White. The Spectator says she was: ‘Adept at laying one icy finger on the back of your neck’.
‘Spillane is still shooting the same tasty dish’, said the New York Times Book Review about Mickey Spillane, at one time the fifth most translated author in the world, with sales of over 130 million copies over 13 books. His heroes, Mike Hammer and Tiger Mann, are hard-drinking, hard-fighting, hard-loving agents – Mike Hammer, a PI and Tiger Mann, an intelligence operative – who just want wrongs to be righted, no matter how. Originally rejected by critics for their violence and sexual content, the books have become noir classics, truly a pop culture phenomenon.
Fans of New York Times bestseller Craig Johnson – and there are many of those! – will be delighted to hear that The Murder Room is bringing out his latest three books in the UK: Spirit of Steamboat, Any Other Name and Wait for Signs, which is a collection of twelve stories, capturing rare glimpses of Sheriff Walt Longmire not seen in the novels. TCM, who produce the hugely popular Longmire series starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips, is showing Season 3 in the UK, starting Sunday 12 April at 8pm.
‘The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence’ New York Times
What’s your favourite crime fiction genre or subgenre? Are you into contemporary, noir or Golden Age; detective fiction, ‘cosy’ crime, Scandi or psychological thrillers? We’d love to know! Leave us a comment, below.