#Noirvember

Yes, it’s #Noirvember again, and since I have 3 books with the word noir in the title, it would be churlish of me not to encourage you to buy them. First up is 13 SHOTS OF NOIR. English writer Paul D Brazill’s 13 Shots Of Noir is a collection of short stories in the vein…

Recommended Read: Still Bleeding by Steve Mosby

‘Death has ripples’ ‘Death is contagious’ Sarah is only a young a child when her father talks to her about death and she is haunted by its spectre all her life. In fact, Sarah is not the only one of the characters in Steve Mosby’s brilliant Still Bleeding to have felt death’s ripples. Her close friend Alex Connor,…

HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEN!

It’s Halloween – or Samhain to you old timers  – and accordingly there are a few bite-size Halloween tales over at PUNK NOIR MAGAZINE. K A LAITY givs us NUMBER 13: A NOIR GHOST STORY, SEBNEM E.SANDERS presents THE MUSE, and FRANK WESTWORTH gives us a PORK PIE HAT. Meanwhile, over at MURDER, MAYHEM &…

Recommended Read: White Rabbit by K A Laity

K A Laity’s White Rabbit is a marvelous and potent cocktail of crime fiction, screwball comedy and the supernatural. A cracking yarn choc full of brilliant lines that reminds you of Wodehouse, Preston Sturges and the Coen Brothers and yet is like nothing you’ve ever read before. Fantastic stuff. More please!

Recommended Read: Czech M8 by Frank Westworth

JJ Stoner is a guitar-playing, Harley Davidson-riding contract killer who works for the shadier side of the British secret service. When his boss asks him to head off to Russia on a mission, and a friend asks him to kill an African despot, Stoner’s world gets even murkier than usual. Frank Westworth’s Czech M8 is…

Dee Arr reviews Gumshoe Blues

Over at Amazon.com, broadcaster Dee Arr gives Gumshoe Blues a HELL of a good FIVE STAR review: ‘Dark, Humorous, Liquor-Drenched: Just a Stroll Through Seatown Welcome to a place where ethics and loyalty might rely on who bought the last round. Peter Ord is our detective/tour guide, and we are treated to an intimate peek…

Recommended Read: Very Nearly Dead AK Reynolds

Jasmine Black is a mess. She’s alcoholic lawyer with a low-rent law firm that specialises in getting low-life criminals off the hook, and the guilt she feels because of her job is eating away at her. And then there are the dark deeds buried deep in her past. When Jasmine accidently kills one of her…

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…

A Few More Top Reviews For Gumshoe Blues

Well, GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS continues to garner some well tasty reviews. At THE HAUNTED PEN, David Burnham says: ‘Brazill’s descriptive work shines as he paints a written image of the colorful, memorable characters and places Ord encounters – pubs, bars, strip joints, cemeteries, and caravan sites to list just a few. I…

Recommended Read:Welcome To HolyHell by Math Bird

It’s 1976, and Britain is in the grip of an unbearable heatwave when Bowen leaves London to return to his home town in northeast Wales. As events spiral out of Bowen’s control, his old partner Nash follows his trail. Meanwhile, young Jay finds a briefcase stuffed with cash. Math Bird’s Welcome To HolyHell is just…

Recommended Read: GBH by Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis is probably best known for his 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home and/or its subsequent film versions – Get Carter (1971) starring Michael Caine, Hit Man starring Bernie Casey (1972), and Get Carter (2000) starring Sylvester Stallone. GBH was Lewis’ final novel – published in 1980- and it’s pretty damned fantastic. The book’s title…

Recommended Read: Slow Horses by Mick Herron

River Cartwright’s short career in the Intelligence Service is almost down the Swanee due to a major screw up on his part. Luckily for him, his grandfather is a bit of a big shot in the Service so he is instead banished to the purgatory of Slough House – home to the Service’s flotsam and…

Recommended Read: Violet by SJI Holliday

Violet splits up with her boyfriend while traveling across the Far East. In Beijing, she meets up with Carrie who is also travelling alone. The two young women decide to continue their journey together but all is decidedly not what it seems … SJI Holliday’s Violet is absolutely terrific. Gripping, fast-moving, darkly funny, painfully real,…

Anger Management at 10th Rule Radio

10th Rule Radio is a branch of 10th Rule Books and ‘is an old school radio serial featuring bad ass pulp fiction that skips the boring parts. Each episode is a a chapter featuring some cool horror, sci-fi, crime fiction or some combination of the three. Expect both gratuitous violence and possibly inappropriate dark humor.’ I’m…