Hey UK friends and readers—it’s time to CELEBRATE crime. Crime Fiction that is. Today, June 1st, marks the start of the United Kingdom’s annual “National Crime Reading Month,” an event spearheaded by the UK Crime Writers’ Association!
National Crime Reading Month (and we REALLY need one on this side of the pond) “aims to bring new books to existing readers and new readers to the world’s most popular and best-selling genre.” [to quote this year’s official website]. I’d say that is a very WORTHY goal!
Whether you like cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers, historical mysteries, noir, a good police procedural, or all of the above, why not pick up a crime novel (or ten) to celebrate the next thirty days?
May I recommend my own crime fiction debut, And by Fire?
Set in London (or rather two Londons—the modern one, and London of 1666 on the eve of the Great Fire), And by Fire offers two fierce female detectives pursuing a pair of murderous geniuses willing to burn the world for their art. Gumshoe Reviews proclaimed: “Mystery readers of many genres will be enthralled by Evie Hawtrey’s highly unique novel” and gushed, “There is plenty of explosive action, shocks, twists, gore, and red herrings.”
So, grab a copy, and celebrate National Crime Reading Month curled up in your favorite chair with DI Nigella Parker of the London City Police, and Lady Margaret Dove of the court of King Charles II. And by Fire is available from a number of UK sellers, including Waterstones, Blackwells, and Amazon UK.