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, 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).

8 thoughts on “Crime at Waterstones

  1. Guthrie’s very good I think, just read that first one but it’s classic noir, very attractive; I agree with you re: Stephen Booth, first couple really exceptionally good and then later ones saw a slight falling-off perhaps, but I do feel he’s a remarkably good writer; READ THAT PETER TEMPLE, YOU’LL LOVE IT!; and I am DYING for the new Lee Child, those books are the supremely perfect light reading as far as I’m concerned…

  2. I thought mention of Lee Child might interest you, Jenny! Yes, agreed, he has definitely found his own niche with his Jack Reacher series — a modern day James Bond and more.

  3. Lippman’s book is titled WHAT THE DEAD KNOW in the US (it’s out next week and very, very good) and I wonder if the LITTLE SISTER title will stay put in the UK – think it was always meant as a working title, what with the Chandler hat tip and all.
    Guthrie’s books are great but especially his new one, HARD MAN, which I found hilarious but my sense of humor is twisted, I grant 🙂

  4. Oh I so wanted to love Temple’s “Broken Shore” but I found the writing style “annoyin”. Yes, every verb in that case appears like that and I had to let go as I found it too annoying – never a “g” and never and apostrophe to end the word.
    Others revel and celebrate, but my anal/pedantic self was more than mildly irritated by this habit.

  5. I actually liked a couple of Deaver’s books and thought that the movie of The Bone Collector was pretty good. Jolie and Denzel worked well together and I looked forward to a few more collaborations. But since then I have lost interest as I usually tire of the same character after a few reads.

  6. Oh dear, I try not to say rude things about authors, but I find Deaver’s books almost ludicrously awful. The last one I read was particularly bad, in an almost mesmerizing way. The Bone Collector film was in my opinion a farrago of complete nonsense! There were the most extraordinarily farfetched and distracting lapses in even minimally appropriate representation of settings for instance–have forgotten now exactly what these were, but I remember being jaw-droppingly horrified at the time…

  7. Well, I read the Bone Collector and didn’t like it enough to bother with more books or with the movie, Jenny — but each to his/her own— I suppose there could be people who don’t like the Jack Reacher books? (hard to imagine).
    CFR– I get irritated by “dialect” books too — but as I have bought the Temple I am destined now to give him a try…..I’ll be on my guard, now, though.

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