305, 2022

Sneak Preview of Jeff Dowson’s The Bristol Thrillers

3 May 2022|Sneak Preview|0 Comments

Closing the Distance Marvin Starratt was a despicable human being. An assessment Judge Chambers heartily agreed with and sent him down for eleven years. Apologising to the court, the public gallery and the journalists on the press bench for not being able to incarcerate him longer. “Unhappily, this is the maximum sentence I can impose,” he said. “I can only recommend that you are made to serve the full term.” I watched from the public gallery. Starratt had beaten up and raped a client of mine. And four other women, over a period of seven months. I helped find him [...]

2104, 2022

Sneak Preview of Breaking Free by GB Williams

21 April 2022|Sneak Preview|0 Comments

CHAPTER ONE “So, what you’re saying is that you’ve been helping my husband lie to me. For twenty-five years.” Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. A lifetime. The lifetime of their friendship. Much of what she had listened to this afternoon made no sense. Yet, simultaneously, it was the keystone, the puzzle-piece that made everything else fit. Elaine scrutinised the two women at the table with her. A corner table in a wine bar, the three of them occupied a small round table. Unnoticed by Elaine, they had positioned themselves such that if she made a move, they could [...]

1904, 2022

Sneak Preview of “Do Sleeping Dogs Lie?” by Gwyneth Steddy

19 April 2022|Author News, Sneak Preview|0 Comments

Gwyneth Steddy's first novel, Do Sleeping Dogs Lie? which is already listed for The First Novel Prize by Crime Cymru, will be published by Diamond Crime on May 2nd 2022. Chapter One Friday 12th April 1989 “You’re taking the piss…” Duncan Gallagher glanced across at his old friend in the passenger seat, then returned his eyes to the road. You couldn’t be too careful in these back lanes. Trevor Mulholland snorted with laughter. “Serious, the man couldn’t do a deal to save his life. All I did was wait for him to give in. And sure enough the oul fool [...]

603, 2022

Sneak Preview of Thorne Moore’s “Fatal Collision”. Coming to Diamond Crime this Spring

6 March 2022|Sneak Preview|1 Comment

Part 1 She was out there, the woman, standing on the pavement, staring at my house. Staring with unmistakable hatred. The hood of her raincoat shielded most of her face, but I could feel that hatred coming at me in waves from eyes that burned out of the shadows. I was convinced those eyes were pinning me in place, transfixed by my own inability to understand or get a grip on the situation. On any situation. What was I supposed to do? Challenge a woman for standing on a public pavement, doing nothing? She had the right to stand wherever [...]

403, 2022

Sneak Preview of Phil Rowlands’ New Thriller, TimeSlip

4 March 2022|Sneak Preview|0 Comments

March 1943 North Beach Bridlington, Yorkshire   It was the worst night since the catastrophic storms over New Year. Huge waves battered the shoreline, howling winds and icy rain whipped and twisted, and cracking thunder and jagged lightning echoed around the sides of the bay. It was not a night to brave the elements, but two policemen dressed in heavy capes and helmets, one shorter with a slight limp, were almost at the end of the deserted promenade, their bodies leaning into the ferocious gale, metal-toed-and-heeled boots clicking and sliding on the saturated surface. They stopped at the top of [...]

1502, 2022

The Fortieth Step – Promise: A Taster from Stephen Timmins’ third John Hannay thriller

15 February 2022|Sneak Preview|0 Comments

1940 The club servant finished fitting the Black Out drape to the last of the high Georgian window. He left the room, bowing his head towards the tall, straight backed, silver–haired man who nodded back at him then turned away, his clear grey eyes looking through and beyond the panelled walls of the London club. Although he didn't appear as though he would understand the meaning of the word 'nervous', he seemed... nervous. He started as one of the men seated in front of him, watching him with affectionate amusement, spoke.      “Come on, Dick. You’ve been havering for the [...]

1201, 2022

Leading the Blind – A taster from Jeff Dowson’s latest Jack Shepherd Thriller Due out in Summer 2022

12 January 2022|Sneak Preview|0 Comments

Back in 1991, the great Arthur C Clarke, answering a question regarding the power of knowledge, defined the hierarchy from base up as, information, knowledge, and wisdom. Without the final element, the whole phony exercise of power was meaningless and dangerous. And the way to begin, he said, was to pry the information out of the noise. He was born in north Somerset of course, Minehead to be exact. I’ve seen the house and the blue plaque. And although sci-fi is not my thing, I will happily argue that Arthur Clarke during his lifetime, was probably the wisest man in [...]

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