SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski (check out the review here) was a fantastic and innovative novel, and The Crime Review was lucky enough to get a chance to ask some questions about the story and his writing process thanks to Orenda Books. Find out more about how SIX STORIES was created below! Continue reading Q&A: Matt Wesolowski about SIX STORIES
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Read this book for: innovative format, modern mystery, surprise ending, journalist investigator, suspense, whodunnit
Quick Review: Perfectly capturing the suspense and need-to-know tension of the true crime podcasts it’s modeled after, SIX STORIES is definitely one of this year’s must-reads for all crime fiction fans.
1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found a year after his disappearance at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced.
2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.
In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death.
In the spirit of reading SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski this week, which was inspired by the incredible podcast Serial, here’s a list of some of the most interesting true crime podcasts that I’ve come across. Continue reading BLOG POST: Top True Crime Podcasts
Series: Dark Iceland (Ari Thor)
Book Number: 4
Read this book for: realistic police procedure, contemporary mystery, minimalist writing, traditional whodunnit, Scandanavian/Nordic Noir, journalist investigator, multiple storylines
Quick Review: Yet another brilliant addition to a fantastic series, offering both the isolation and claustrophobia of SNOWBLIND with the elements of a semi-political thriller. Put this series on your reading list!
1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjördur. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later, an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all. In nearby Siglufjördur, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjördur in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.
Series: Caselli & Torre
Book Number: 1
Read this book for: thriller, conspiracy and intrigue, damaged detectives, mental health issues, kidnappings, now it’s personal, second-guessing and betrayals
Quick Review: An emotional and complex thriller that delves into increasingly dark territory, and won’t let you go until you finish.
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case arrests the woman’s husband and awaits his confession. But the city’s Chief of Major Crimes has his doubts and assigns two of Italy’s top analytical minds to the case: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from a horrific mass killing she survived, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “the Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. All evidence suggests that the Father is back at work and active after being dormant for decades. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they quickly grasp that whatever is going on is darker than they ever imagined. And tell-tale signs suggest that the Father is looking forward to a reunion with Dante.
Series: Robert Finlay
Book Number: 1
Read this book for: thriller, military and spy thriller, terrorist plots, bombing plots, detectives in trouble, now-it’s-personal story
Quick Review: Written by a man who has actually been in the job, this well-thought-out and interesting page-turner is a worthy thriller to pick up.
2001 – Robert Finlay, an aging police officer, is looking forward to his transfer back to uniform policing in London from the Royalty Protection Squad, which will allow him to spend more time with his new family. But his traumatic and carefully concealed past threatens to ruin this new life when a policeman is killed by a bomb blast and a second is gunned down in his own driveway. Both had been former army colleagues from Finlay’s SAS regiment. Finlay realizes his own life is in danger, and ends up in multi-agency cat-and-mouse game to protect himself – and his family – from the dangers returning from his past. Continue reading REVIEW: Wicked Game by Matt Johnson (Robert Finlay #1)
The Crime Review was lucky enough to get to ask Chris Ould, author of the Faroes novels (which are some of our favourites of the last year — check out the reviews of the series here)! We asked a few questions about the novel, his inspiration, and his favourite crime series.