‘Poirot was silent a minute. Then he said:

“If you will be so good, M. Hardman, assemble everyone here. There are two possible solutions of this case. I want to lay them both before you all.” (Christie, Murder on the Orient Express, 1934).

I always think one of the best moments in a crime or detective novel is when you realise after X number of pages you’re finally going to find out whodunit.

On this blog, Crossing Examining Crime, I plan to mainly review crime fiction. As the quote above suggests, one of my favourite sub-genres of crime fiction is the Golden Age, but I also enjoy reading translated crime fiction. I will primarily be reviewing books, but occasionally I will comment on films, TV series and theatre productions.

I write articles regularly for CADs (Crime and Detective Stories) magazine and have been published in Mystery Scene Magazine and Mystery Readers Journal. I also have an entry in the upcoming publication  Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives, which should be released April 2018.

I am also running a vintage mystery book box subscription. Click here for more details.

I’m really looking forward to hearing your views on crime fiction, so don’t be shy!


5 Responses to About

  1. James McEwan says:

    I look forward to reading your entry in “Sleuths, Private Eyes and Policemen”. When will it be released?
    I have always enjoyed these stories, some people class the genre as ‘cosy crime’ since there is very little blood, but I believe the suspense is what keeps the reader hooked.
    I have penned my own ‘Holmes Type’ as an entry into a competition (2nd place winner). I enjoyed this so much that I had to complete a series of short stories in my publication ‘The Case of the Mahjong Dragon.’
    If you are interested, I can send a PDF copy rather than you buy it. Alternatively it is available through the British Library.
    I enjoy reading your site and your reading capacity amazes me, I wish i could read as quickly and as much.


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    • Glad you are enjoying the blog. Not quite sure when Sleuths, Private Eyes and Policemen will be released, but I am hoping sometime this year. As to your kind offer I have sent you an email to discuss it in more detail.

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  2. Dear Armchair Reviewer,

    Bestselling African novelist Chanette Paul will make her English-language debut this October with her crime novel Sacrificed. I’m writing to ask if you’d like to receive an advance review copy?

    Sacrificed explores the questions of what constitutes family, and whether qualities of good and evil are innate or nurtured. These themes hold special significance for Paul, who was adopted and never met her birth parents. 

    Rejected by her parents, her sister, her husband, everyone except her extraordinary and unusual daughter, Caz Colijn lives a secluded life in her own little patch of Africa. But a single phone call from her estranged sister is all it takes to shatter this refuge. Caz learns that her elderly mother is on her deathbed in Belgium—and that the old woman isn’t really Caz’s biological mother.

    This phone call is just the first step down an ever-widening tunnel into Caz’s painful past. Jetting between Belgium and Africa, she’s desperate to learn who her biological parents are, why they gave her away, and whether this has anything to do with her daughter’s exceptional nature. Caz is so caught up in discovering the truth about the past, she almost doesn’t notice the man who is falling in love with her. Or the meaning behind the key she receives. Or the two Congolese who are following her every move in search of something they’re willing to kill for.

    Chanette Paul has published 41 romance, thriller and crime novels. In South Africa, she has won the prestigious Lekkerlit prize and the Perskor prize and has twice been a finalist in the ATKV prize. She is fluent in English and happy to do interviews by Skype or email.

    I’d be happy to send you a review copy of Sacrificed. I can send you a PDF file or a print copy. It is also available on Edelweiss.

    Catalyst Press is a new independent press focused on introducing American audiences to African writers. Its first titles launch in October 2017, and it is distributed by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution (an Ingram brand). Its website is http://www.catalystpress.org.

    Best wishes,
    Shirley Vernick
    Catalyst Press


  3. Sarah Hardy says:

    Hi Arm Chair Reviewer,

    Apologies for commenting on here but I can’t seem to find an email address.

    I am the book publicist for Bloodhound Books who are a leading independent publisher in crime and thriller fiction. We have a mailing list of bloggers who we send out to with requests for our books and wondered if you would like to be part of this? The books would be a digital copy and you only ever take part in ones that you want and have the time to read.

    If you would like to be added please drop me a line at sarah@bloodhoundbooks.com

    Kind Regards

    Sarah Hardy


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