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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

‘Cold Killers’ by Lee Weeks

Published by Simon & Schuster,
1 December 2016.
ISBN: 978-1-4711-5319-8

The Butcher family are a ruthless, and much-feared, criminal gang from London’s East End. The story starts when the family are gathered for the funeral of Eddie Butcher, who has been tortured and murdered. The tension in the air is electrifying.

DS Ebony Willis and DI Dan Carter are assigned to head up the murder case. They turn up at the funeral as they are hoping to find Tony Butcher there. Tony is Eddie’s brother, he is now domiciled in Spain, but wanted in England for drug  trafficking, robbery and murder.

An assignment of cocaine is on its way, and the police are hoping that may bring Tony Butcher too, from the safety of the Costa Del Sol, as they have word there is conflict with the South American cartel, as well as the Butchers. Then there is Eddie’s widow too, whose side is she on?

Can this plot get any more complicated? Indeed.

DI Dan has personal issues with this family and is keen for a chance to get even, when he oversteps the mark he puts a lot of people in danger and his colleagues have to step in to protect them. Then the feared Butcher family close ranks and the tension soars quicker than an exploding champagne cork.

As with all Week’s novels as the tension mounts the story gains pace and momentum with it. Weeks knows how to write gritty page-turning crime drama and for fans of this strong genre this is yet another treat.
Reviewer: Linda Regan

Lee Weeks was born in Devon.  After leaving school she spent seven years working her way around Europe and South East Asia. She has worked as an English tearcher and personal fitness trainer. She is the author of the Willis/Carter series which is based on a London Murder Squad. MIT17. Lee now lives back in Devon.

Linda Regan is the author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader, and welcomes the chance to read new writers. 

A review of her recent book Sisterhoods can be read here.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

How Many Deaths: CrimeFest 19 May 2017.

19 May 2017 09:00 - 09:50

How Many Deaths?:
The Appeal of Serial Killers in Crime Fiction.

Discussing this topic will be:


James Carol

was born in Scotland and moved to England in the early-eighties. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.When he's not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

Helen Fields 

 can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information. A former barrister, Helen now writes Scottish set crime. Her next book Perfect Prey is due out on 27 July 2017. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, three children

Mark Roberts

was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College. He was a teacher for twenty years and for the last ten years has worked as a special school teacher. He received a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for best new play of the year. The Sixth Soul was his first novel for adults.

Leigh Russell

studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. Formerly a secondary school English teacher, with the success of her Geraldine Steel series, Leigh now writes full-time. Her debut novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009 by No Exit Press in the UK, followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act and Killer Plan, Murder Ring all featuring detective Geraldine Steel. Leigh also writes a spinoff series for Geraldine's sergeant, Ian Peterson. Cold Sacrifice and Race to Death are already published. Leigh recently signed a three book deal with Thomas and Mercer for a new series featuring Lucy Hall. There are two booms in the series. Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex.

The Participating Moderator is :

Paul Finch was born in Lancashire. UK. He began his writing career on the British television series The Bill. He has written over 300 short stories which have appeared in magazines, such as the All Hallows, the magazine of the Ghost Story Society and Black Static. He is the author of the ongoing series of DS Mark Heck Heckenberg novels.