CRIMINALLY MINDED – Tales of the behaviourally challenged


Stephen Leather ( has been entertaining us for nearly 20 years with his novels of crime, imprisonment, military service, and terrorism. He’s certainly tapped into the zeitgeist because our daily news is saturated with crime, war, terrorism, death and destruction. Every night brings further gory detail about the bloodbath in The Middle East. The appetite for

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Black Widow

Christopher Brookmyre ( and has won the The McIlvanney Prize – previously known as the ‘Scottish Crime Book of the Year’ – at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling ( To see why this writer is so respected by other authors in the crime fiction field, and adored by a legion of fans, read his latest crime

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Die of Shame

Novelist Mark Billingham ( writes crime thrillers. He also works as a television screenwriter and has become a familiar face as an actor and stand up comedian. Billingham created Detective Inspector Tom Thorne for his 2001 debut novel Sleepyhead, where a case of locked-in syndrome reveals the dark depths of a twisted mind, as adept at toying

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Forty Thieves

Thomas Perry ( has offered a variety of suspense fiction starting with The Butcher’s Boy, which received a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. This was followed by Metzger’s Dog, Big Fish, Island, and Sleeping Dogs. He then launched the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series. To date he has published

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The Guilty

David Baldacci ( began writing  stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them.  He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays  without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking  three years to write Absolute  Power. Published in 1996,

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