When I feel like reading an atmospheric and gritty crime fiction novel, my mind takes me to the cold and snowy landscape that is Scandinavian or Nordic noir. Jane Harper’s gripping debut novel, The Dry, shows that the heat of the Australian outback is as good place as any for a good mystery story. Set … Continue reading The Dry
Set in a small town called King's Abbott, the ever-so witty and peculiar Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is asked to investigate the murder of a wealthy man, Roger Ackroyd.
According to an article in The Telegraph, there is greater interest in crime fiction today than with any other fiction genre. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have popularized crime/detective fiction, but in 1841 Edgar Allan Poe penned the first detective story with The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Ever since, crime fiction has continued to … Continue reading Oldies But Goodies: Learning The Gumshoe Game With Some Classics
"When the police asked those bullies why they'd abused my student so severely, all they were able to come up with was that they 'just didn't like him.' It was just hate. Pure, simple malice." - Keigo Higashino, Malice Malice explores a person's motivation for committing a crime. Kunihiko Hidaka is found dead in a locked … Continue reading Malice
Ten people are invited to a house party on an isolated island off the Devon coast of England by a mysterious host. Soon, one by one, they are murdered.