Recommended Read: Witnesses by Anthony Watson

Anthony Watson’s Witnesses is superb. His debut horror novel moves from four time periods and four points of view with ease as it tells the story of the end of days, focusing on the individuals  that have been chosen as the apocalypse’s witnesses. Each strand of the story has a distinctive, strong voice but they…

Recommended Read: Rubicon by Ian Patrick

  Wild card Sam Batford  is an undercover cop who has infiltrated crime kingpin Vincent Guardino’s organisation. DCI Klara Winter  is also hell-bent on bringing down Guardino but in a much more by-the-book way. The two investigations inevitably collide and clash in Ian Patrick‘s marvellously gripping debut novel Rubicon. Cracking stuff!

Recommended Read: Rival Sons by Aidan Thorn

In Rival Sons, Kyle Gordon returns to his home town to take care of his dying mother only to find the place in an even worse state than when he’d left it. And it’s all down to his younger brother Graham, a lone shark and drug dealer.  Aidan Thorn’s Rival Sons is a brutal and…

Recommended Read: The Puppet Show by M W Craven

In M W Craven’s The Puppet Show, disgraced cop Washington Poe is dragged into the investigation of a serial killer known as The Immolation Man when his name is discovered carved into a victim’s chest.  Poe is soon digging below the glittery veneer of local high society to reveal its dark secrets. The Puppet Show…

Recommended Read: A House Of Ghosts by W C Ryan

  It’s 1917 and British secret agent Donovan heads off to a remote island off the Devon coast to attend a séance on Blackwater Abbey. He is accompanied by Kate Cartwright, who also works for British Intelligence  and who happens to be a psychic. All is not as it seems, of course. Cartwright and Donovan…

Recommended Read: Broken Dreams by Nick Quantrill

Nick Quantrill’s Broken Dreams is a cracking book. It’s the story of a Private Investigator following a muddy and bloodstained trail through a battle scarred Northern city. PI Joe Geraghty- like his hometown Hull-  has both taken many a good kicking and is trying to get back on his feet. Broken Dreams is realistic and romantic –…

Recommended Read: Violent By Design by Paul Heatley

Violent By Design takes place in the aftermath of the events in Paul Heatley’s brilliant Eye For An Eye.  Gangster Neil Doyle is hoping to go legit with his new nightclub and is unaware that one of hs drug houses has been ripped off. Things invariablt spiral violently out of control when his right-hand-man Jimmy…

Recommended Read: Slug Bait by Tom Leins

‘The sky above the Dirty Lemon is the colour of diseased lungs. Fat clouds swirl above the pub, and the bronchial sky erupts as I push through the double-doors – bullets of rain thudding into the wheelchair ramp behind me.’ The first paragraph of Slug Bait – Tom Leins’ latest Paignton Noir Mystery – is…

Recommended Read: The Runner by Paul Heatley

Jackson Stobbart is given the unenviable task of taking care of Newcastle gangster Danny Hoy’s cash-stash. When Jackson’s girlfriend does a runner with the money, he sets off to track her down and get it back – before the psychopathic Hoy finds out he’s been ripped off. The Runner is another short, sharp knockout from…

Recommended Read: Fighting Talk by Martin Stanley

When loan shark Alan Piper offers Eric Stanton a job, he reluctantly agrees. Against his better judgment, Eric enlist the aid of his psychotic brother, Derek. The pair are soon embroiled in dog fighting, mad junkies, Polish gangsters, and a hell of a lot of violence. Martin Stanley’s Fighting Talk is Brit Grit at its…

Recommended Reads: Nick Kolakowski, Jason Beech, Matt Phillips.

Nick Kolakowski – Boise Longpig Hunting Club There’s a bounty hunter and his missing guns. There’s Aryan assassins and there’s Zombie Bill. And there’s more! Nick Kolakowski’s Boise Longpig Hunting Club is a terrific read. A great blend of hard-boiled pulp fiction and high-octane action thriller. Pow! Jason Beech- City Of Forts.  A group of kids…

Recommended Read: Dread: The Art Of Serial Killing by Mark Ramsden

Dickens obsessive Mr. Madden is a spy whose mission is to infiltrate the right wing group England Awake! He is also a serial killer known as The Chavkiller who is out to revenge his dead wife. Dread: The Art Of Serial Killing by Mark Ramsden is violent, gripping, clever, touching and very, very funny. The…

Recommended Read: The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell

Ex-police detective Bunny McGarry is missing and his friend –  would-be private detective Paul Mulchrone – sets off to track him down. Meanwhile, a terrorist group appears to be killing Dublin’s fat cat property developers.  These and other story strands are soon entagled in Caimh McDonnell’s The Day That Never Comes – the second part of…

Recommended Read: Confessions Of An English Psychopath by Jack D McLean

Lawrence Odd is a psychopath with a long history of committing violent crimes and he is more than happy to be recruited as an assassin by the Cleansing Department – a particularly shady branch of the British Secret Service. All goes swimmingly until Lawrence discovers the Cleansing Department’s darkest secret. Jack D. McLean‘s  witty, quirky…