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The British Bussi: How We All Fell in Love with French Noir

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time’ French crime writer Michel Bussi’s first translated novel, After The Crash, was a publishing sensation. A gripping crime novel following the aftermath of a plane crash that left a sole survivor, it became a runaway Waterstones hit. Now reader’s looking to take another turn in the company of Bussi’s Normandy noir can sink their teeth into Black Water Lilies, where murder disrupts of tranquillity of Monet’s Giverny. As we anticipate what is sure to be another hit, we caught up with Bussi’s English publisher Kirsty Dunseath who told us about crafting a winning translation.

Extract: The Dry by Jane Harper

Extract: The Dry by Jane Harper

Posted on 6th Feb, 2017 by Sally Campbell

Jane Harper's stripped-down, heat-scorched debut thriller The Dry has been turning heads the moment review copies were first released into the wild. ‘The no-frills storytelling is indicative of Harper’s career as a journalist… The Dry is skilfully written and absorbing,’ concluded the Financial Times, marvelling at the novel’s rural Australian-set air of sombre, brutal menace, as a Melbourne cop seeks out the truth behind his best friend’s apparent double-murder and suicide.

Why Brighton is the Perfect Setting for a Crime Novel

Brighton is a seaside resort of many colours. For some, it’s the quintessential British holiday destination, a place of piers and pebble-laden beaches; for others, it’s the focus of vibrant cultural diversity, a town at the vanguard of LGBTQ equality. For all its kitsch appeal and liberal idyll, there the other Brighton, the place where the neon meets the darkness: from Brighton Rock onward, bestselling crime author Elly Griffiths and ex-detective Graham Bartlett, explain why this south-coast resort is the perfect setting for murder most foul.

“I was everything a young person should be. Furious. Drunk. In love.” - Joseph Knox discusses Sirens

Joseph Knox’s Sirens is an out-of-the-darkness, nocturnal descent into the hardened criminal landscape of Manchester. Away from the eyes of the press, an M.P.’s daughter has gone missing and disgraced detective Aidan Waits has been hand-picked as the ideal man for the job; what follows is a mesmeric journey into a dread-filled urban noir. Sirens is Joseph Knox’s first novel.

A Letter from Ali Land, Author of Good Me, Bad Me

It’s no secret that almost every publisher is seeking the next Gone Girl or The Girl on The Traingenerating a fair number of copycat psychological thrillers. Good Me, Bad Me is most probably the book they are looking for, with word-of-mouth already declaring this tale of serial-killing motherhood the debut of 2017. In the following letter penned by author Ali Land – a sometime nurse for Child and Adolescent Mental Health – she covers the motives behind the novel’s genesis.

Cast Iron: Peter May on Researching the Final Enzo

As the publication of the final Enzo Macleod novel, Cast Iron, nears, and in an article written exclusively for Waterstones, award-winning crime writer Peter May shares some of the locations and individuals that inspired him to write the final Enzo File.

Spies I’ve Known

Spies I’ve Known

Posted on 29th Jul, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Our Thriller of The Month for August is Nicholas Searle’s assured debut The Good Liar. Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the Universities of Bath and Göttingen before becoming a civil servant for many years.  He has recently been named one of The Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2016. Spanning nearly a century, his debut centres on expert con-man Roy who embroils naïve, wealthy widow Betty in an intricate ploy. In an exclusive article for Waterstones, Searle has selected his favourite fictional spies, as well as writing a comprehensive introduction to the espionage genre

Read Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson

It's not out until the end of July, but you can read the opening chapter of the 22nd DCI Banks Mystery from Peter Robinson - Abattoir Blues- today.

Building The Corpse Bridge

Building The Corpse Bridge

Posted on 14th Jun, 2014 by Stephen Booth

Stephen Booth explains the key role that the Peak District plays in the latest chapter of his Cooper and Fry crime series, The Corpse Bridge.

Read The Silkworm

Read The Silkworm

Posted on 4th Jun, 2014 by Robert Galbraith

Read the first two chapters of the new novel from Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm.

The end of DI Resnick

The end of DI Resnick

Posted on 21st May, 2014 by John Harvey

John Harvey explains why he decided to return to the past for the final chapter in DI Charlie Resnick's casebook.

The birth of Eeny Meeny

The birth of Eeny Meeny

Posted on 12th May, 2014 by M.J.Arlidge

M.J.Arlidge introduces his serial killer debut, Eeny Meeny...

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