Friday, 28 September 2012

Publication Day!

We're so proud to publish our very first crime fiction audio book title, "The Broken Token" by Chris Nickson.

"Pickpockets, pimps and prostitutes: All in a day’s work for the city constable – until work moves too close to home… When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former housemaid murdered in a particularly sickening manner, his professional and personal lives move perilously close... Circumstances seem to conspire against him, and more murders follow."

Chris at the recent launch of the latest book in the Richard Nottingham series, Come The Fear: "With the discovery of a young woman’s charred and blackened body, Richard Nottingham tackles his most disturbing case yet."

It's narrated by one of our absolute favourites, Steven Pacey. Steven's career spans over 40 years and encompasses film, TV, theatre, radio and audiobooks. He has been in many British TV series, including Taggard, Foyle's War, Spooks, Wallander and Lovejoy, but is he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Tarrant in the cult science-fiction series Blakes 7.

You can listen to a sample of the book here.

Audio reviewers, contact us for a copy of the book if you'd like to review it!

Friday, 21 September 2012

A Land Down Under...

We're proud to publish "A Certain Malice", by Felicity Young - crime fiction set in Australia. We came across this on the excellent review site Reactions to Reading, which concentrates on issues affecting readers in "the land that publishing forgot" - Australia. Enjoy!

"Cam Fraser is a former National Crime Authority officer who, with his teenage daughter Ruby, has moved from Sydney to become Senior Sergeant in the Western Australian country town of his birth. Almost as soon as he arrives a building at a private girl’s school in the town is burned down and a body is discovered in the ashes. To investigate the crime Cam has help from a squad of rookies and one experienced officer who is the subject of a series of complaints. In addition both he and his daughter are still recovering from the tragedy that led to them leaving Sydney.

Fortunately for me this book was well worth the four months it took to track down a copy of it. The story is believable, has a well paced suspense and rates highly on my ‘readability’ scale which is a vague term I use to describe how interested I am in turning each page. I finished the whole thing in two sittings and I’m not even going to complain that one of those sittings kept me up until 2:00am on a school night. I simply had to know if my predictions for whodunit were accurate which is always a sign of a good read (for the record, they weren’t).

Although recognisably Australian in its setting and language the book achieves this state naturally. Sometimes with Australian books, such as Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book which I read earlier this year, I cringe at the use of colloquialisms that would only be found in a Paul Hogan ad and never in real conversations. A Certain Malice achieves an Australian sensibility beautifully and without appearing to try too hard.
I quickly became engaged by the protagonist and the minor characters, especially the troubled Ruby and rookie cop Leanne, who all seemed very credible. It was also interesting to see the sub-plot with Vince develop in a more realistic way than some of the ‘cops protect cops at all costs’ plots that have permeated crime fiction for years.

On top of all this the book is less than 300 pages and, it seems, is not part of an ongoing series. Both of these things are increasingly rare occurrences in modern crime fiction so to find both attributes in one terrific story is something to be treasured indeed.

My rating 4.5/5"

Friday, 14 September 2012

We're proud to be publishing the audio version of Chris Nickson's excellent The Broken Token later this month. Look for it on September 28th!

If you can't wait 'til then, treat yourself to a free Chris Nickson short story (courtesy of The Leeds Book Club) - available 'til Sunday only!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Behind You!

Why wait for panto season!

First in actress Linda Regan's DI Banham and Sergeant Alison Grainger series promo-priced at 79p/$1.25 for the rest of the month.