CrimeFest 2014: Must-Have Books

CrimeFest 2014 rocked Bristol last weekend and I had a great time meeting crime writers, readers, reviewers, agents and publishing folk!

In the first of my CrimeFest posts, I share the books that tempted me into buying at CrimeFest and why they are crime must-haves.


The Axeman’s Jazz – Ray Celestin
New Orleans, 1919. The birth of jazz, the advent of prohibition, Mafia, racial tension and a man putting axes in people’s heads. Based on a TRUE STORY.

The Beauty of Murder – AK Benedict
Time-travelling serial killer in Cambridge – who could resist?

The Big Over Easy – Jasper Fforde
I’m late to this party, but as a Thursday Next fan, I had to try this out. First in the Nursery Crimes series, this book asks the question: did Humpty Dumpty fall or was he pushed?

Desecration – J.F. Penn
From bestselling indie author, this London-based mystery delves into the supernatural, pairing a police detective with a clairvoyant. Joanna Penn also writes excellent books for authors on self-publishing and marketing.

Defending Elton – TJ Cooke
I was fortunate enough to have a personal pitch from Tim and it goes like this: A defense lawyer represents the man he framed for murder. Dealing with the shadowy grey areas of the UK legal system and numerous social injustices, with a dash of humour!

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders – Kate Griffin
Nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger, the heroine is a 17-year-old trapeze artist in Limehouse at the end of the 19th century.

First on my to-read list is Kitty Peck. Did you bring home a haul from CrimeFest? What must-have book have you recently grabbed? Share in the comments!

2 thoughts on “CrimeFest 2014: Must-Have Books

  1. So sad I couldn’t make Crimefest this year – sounds like you had a fab time.
    I’ve recently read ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’. Starts off with a bang and atmospheric throughout. Also TJ Cooke’s ‘Defending Elton’ is such an inventive crime fiction read.

    1. I’m really looking forward to The Axeman’s Jazz, because New Orleans 1919 sounds fascinating even before you add a serial killer to the mix! Defending Elton is at the other end of the spectrum – the setting is entirely familiar but the concept so intriguing.

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