Crime at Waterstones

Waterstones have sent me a crime newsletter. Here are some highlights:

"Allan Guthrie’s first two crime novels Two-Way Split and Kiss Her Goodbye received critical acclaim for their urgent realism, taut storytelling and stunning portrayal of the dark side of Edinburgh. To celebrate the forthcoming release of Hard Man, we are offering five lucky winners a chance of a much more pleasant experience of the Scottish capital, with a night of good food and live jazz, and the chance to hear Allan reading from Hard Man at an Edinburgh city centre venue." The competition details are here, and you can pre-order the book here. Sounds good, I might give the book a go (not the competition: the prize is to meet the author, and what would I say?)

"Do you really know your crime fiction? Think you know what makes a good crime writer tick, or have strong views on what makes for a really great police procedural or classic crime novel?Well now’s your chance to show off your crime knowledge and your writing skills. We have exclusive advance reading copies of some forthcoming crime titles here at Waterstones.com, and we are looking for reviewers to post their reviews on the website." Books up for review are  Without Consent by Kathryn Fox, which I shan’t be reading as I did not enjoy her previous Dr Anya Crichton outing very much; Little Sister by Laura Lippman ,  which sounds good but I am very wary after the last effort of hers I read; and The Woods by Harlan Coben — now that’s more like it!  I might try for that.

Also featured are offers of the week, including Peter Robinson’s Piece of My Heart (£3.49 Waterstone’s; £3.99 Amazon), The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (which I bought for the same price as this offer, £3.49, in WHS at the weekend), and Scared to Live by Stephen Booth, also £3.49. I liked the first few of this series but stopped reading them after about the fourth, I felt that they lost momentum after the first couple, which I did enjoy. There is also an interview with author Jeffrey Deaver (another non-favourite of mine after reading the first of the Rhyme books, not my scene), and you can pre-order Lee Child’s latest, which definitely is my scene, Bad Luck and Trouble, at 40 per cent off cover price (also showing same discount on Amazon).