It's been an interesting week here, with the crossing of emails.
I'm delighted to say that if I don't already have a copy, one is on its way, so I can highlight these authors later in the year.
Here are the authors who are new or relatively new in the crime fiction genre, within the UK, in 2007...
You can read more about Chris Ewan's début novel, The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam here.
Chris won The Long Barn Books First Novel Competition for 2006.
He is to be published in hardback with LBB, due in late spring/early summer this year. The novel sounds wonderfully original in plot.
The main character is one Charlie Howard who writes caper novels about a career thief and also happens to be one.
But in a case of "time to give up the day job and write" Charlie takes on an assignment in Amsterdam, where he's required to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. He gets into a pickle and needs to clear his name...
The Last Resort from Carmen Posadas is to be published in the UK in paperback by smaller independent publisher Alma Books Ltd. at the end of March (previously published by Random House).
Posadas is the author of Little Indiscretions (Transworld), winner of the Planeta Prize and translated into 21 languages.
The Last Resort is described as "a corrosive and high-society whodunit in the classic vein of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express".
It has a Moroccan (health spa) setting and the sound of much intrigue. The main character Molinet seeks the spa as his final destination before committing suicide...
The synopsis starts:
"Michael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time prostitute will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier, Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal."
But conflict and tragedy await...
How good to see more new crime fiction published in the UK.
I look forward to reading and will report back on the novels in the future. Of course, you may be tempted before then...