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Vintage Crime: from the Crime Writers’ Association (Fiction Without Frontiers) Editor Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks #VintageCrime @flametreepress @The_CWA @RandomTTours #CrimeFiction #Vintage #ShortStories

Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, and Josephine Bell. The anthology has been edited by Martin Edwards since 1996, and has yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas.

This new edition includes an array of incredible and award-winning authors: Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, Mat Coward, John Dickson Carr, Marjorie Eccles, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Anthea Fraser, Celia Fremlin, Frances Fyfield, Michael Gilbert, Paula Gosling, Lesley Grant-Adamson, HRF Keating, Bill Knox, Peter Lovesey, Mick Herron, Michael Z. Lewin, Susan Moody, Julian Symons and Andrew Taylor.

I received a copy of this book from Flame Tree Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Crime Fiction is a genre where short stories work well, and this anthology of classic vintage style stories is proof. The book features a range of crime stories, some genuinely vintage others written by contemporary writers. It’s a book you can dip in and out of which is lovely.

Setting and characters are important in short stories, and there are some great examples of both in these stories. Some stories are atmospheric with a hint of menace, whilst others have strange endings.

The varied plots mean this book will appeal to many readers who enjoy classic crime and mystery fiction. The one’s I enjoyed most used sensory imagery well and made imagining the events easy.

Martin Edwards (editor) is the author of eighteen novels,
including the Lake District Mysteries,and the Harry Devlin
series. His ground-breaking genre study The Golden
Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha,and H.R.F.
Keating awards. He has edited twenty eightcrime
anthologies, has won the CWA Short Story Dagger and
the CWA Margery Allingham Prize,and is series consultant for the BritishLibrary’s Crime Classics.

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3* Review: City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg

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Mystery Thriller Blurb

It’s New Year’s Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the edge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in – and an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them.

The search for the shooter will bring together a rich cast of New Yorkers. From the reluctant heirs to one of the city’s greatest fortunes, to a couple of Long Island kids drawn to the nascent punk scene downtown. From the newly arrived and enchanted, to those so sick of the city they want to burn it to the ground. All these lives are connected to one another – and to the life that still clings to that body in the park. Whether they know it or not, they are bound up in the same story – a story where history and revolution, love and art, crime and conspiracy are all packed into a single shell, ready to explode.

Then, on July 13th, 1977, the lights go out in New York City.

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City on Fire

The characters, setting and plot of this story are engaging; unfortunately it is too long for these positives to retain their impact. This book may appeal to the ‘one book a year reader’ but not someone, who reads for escapism and variety.
I really wanted to like this book, as I grew up in the seventies. I love reading about different reactions and actions to a memorable incident but there were so many superfluous details in this story, the ethos and vintage quality of it got lost.

Reviewing a book is a subjective thing and once again the opinions of those who influence book purchases, are not necessarily those of the readers who buy the books, on their recommendation.
I received a copy of this book from Vintage, Penguin Random House Jonathan Cape via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

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5* Review: The Vintage Cinema Club – Jane Linfoot

image001BLURBMeet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
Three retro fabulous friends, in love with all things vintage, run their dream business from the faded grandeur of a rescued cinema. When that dream comes under threat, they’ll do whatever it takes to save it.Buy Links

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My Review -1

The Vintage Cinema Club‘The Vintage Cinema Club’ is quintessential women’s fiction. 

Set in the Derbyshire Dales with a lovely interlude in France, the story follows Izzy, Luce and Dida in their quest to save their vintage emporium, housed in an old cinema in Matlock. The setting is intrinsic to this story and speaks of local knowledge. As I know the area well it gives the book an additional enjoyable dimension for me.

There are plenty of interesting snippets about all things vintage and a strong bond between the three friends, as they fight to save the place that has focused and enriched their lives. There is gentle humour and dreamy, passionate romance but everyday life and secrets leave you wondering if it will survive. The story’s pacing is good and the short chapters, like scenes of a play give you insider knowledge of what is happening and how it affects The Vintage Cinema Club members.

I read this story in a day and it is a page turning, feel good read I recommend.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

The Vintage Cinema Club by Jane Linfoot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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