Our story
Crime Fiction Lover was set up by two journalists who love reading crime stories – everything from atmospheric noir to thriller mysteries and police procedurals. The rise of Kindle, eBooks and iBooks interests us a great deal. We hope to discover and share some of the best reads on these new formats, but by no means will we overlook traditional print. There’s nothing like the feel and smell of a freshly printed book.

Our aim is to bring you helpful and concise articles, covering as much of the genre as we can. From Scandinavian crime fiction through to hardboiled detectives, and from cutting edge contemporary right back to the Golden Age, wherever there’s a mystery novel, we’re interested. We can’t cover every new release, but we do our best, and try to provide fellow fans of the genre with the best impartial buying advice on the internet.

Since setting up, we’ve been joined by a team of like-minded experts in the genre, who are making fantastic contributions to the website.

Meet the team

crimefictionlover – Co-founder of the site Garrick Webster enjoys the work of James Ellroy, Nordic crime writers, and almost any other good noir-ish mysteries. By day he is a journalist, editor and copywriter. His website is here.

Catherine Turnbull – Catherine Turnbull is a journalist, former newspaper editor and copywriter who now writes content campaigns for companies and charities she likes. She turned to a life of crime when she realised that authors who write disturbing tales are a really nice bunch of people to hang out with. Find out more about Catherine and her work on her website.

RoughJustice – Mike Parker loves crime fiction, and particularly books with pulp and noir leanings. Based in Derbyshire, his favourite writers are Ross Macdonald, Peter Temple and Joe Lansdale.

DeathBecomesHer – An experienced journalist and former Press Association reporter, Sandra Mangan loves reading works by Ian Rankin, Elizabeth George, Val McDermid, Jeffrey Deaver and Lee Child.

Jeremy – Jeremy Megraw works in the New York Public Library and contributes to their very fine blog. He’s a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction, American noir, and also Colin Cotterill and Ian Pears.

nagaisayonara – Louis Bravos is a Japanese to English translator, blogger and occasional writer, living in Melbourne, Australia. He’d love to see more Asian crime books translated and wrote our introduction to Japanese crime fiction here.

Vicki Weisfeld – Procedurals, thrillers, you name it, Vicki likes crime fiction that draws her in and holds her attention. Some of her top authors at the moment include Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos and Adrian McKinty. She is based in Princeton, New Jersey, and has a wonderful literary website here.

Sonja van der Westhuizen – Based in Stellenbosch, South Africa Sonja works in media and communication by day to subsidise her addiction to books and caffeine. She has a penchant for Japanese crime fiction, Nordic noir and South African crime fiction.”

We thank our past contributors who’ve included Spriteby, Zac Colbert, Eva Dolan, Luca Veste, Lucy Conlon, R Thomas Brown, Raven, MyBookishWays, Micah Mintz, T-Dot, Nicolette Hamilton, Keith Nixon, Andre Paine, Philip Rafferty and David Prestidge.

Join us!
To get in touch with us please use the Contact page here. We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. You can also join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where we share book photos daily as ‘crifilover’.

Reviews Policy
We love reviewing great crime books, so publishers, publicists and authors are welcome to submit material for consideration. The best thing to do is send a press release in the first instance. We can’t guarantee that we’ll review your book if you send it to us, but we’ll do our best. If you don’t have our details, please use the contact page here. Please do not use Twitter or Facebook to lobby us for a review.

Our website has a growing audience of crime fiction lovers, and we welcome advertising enquiries. For more information on our traffic and rates please email info <at> crimefictionlover.com.

Our editorial and advertising policies are entirely separate. Material sent in by advertisers will be considered for the site purely on its merits by our contributors. This policy is in place for the sake of our own integrity as well as yours. Crime Fiction Lover is not a site where you can buy a review, however we do carry sponsored content. If that’s something you’re interested in, contact us via the email address stated above.

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  1. Lynchie Reply

    A great site which I only discovered a month or so ago, yet has given me some great books to enjoy. Thanks for your reviews and recommendations.

  2. edward Yatscoff Reply

    Can I pose a question? True crime stories use real perps in real crimes. Many are bestsellers. If I use a real perp in a fictional story can this get me in trouble? I’ve done it once with a prominent pedophile and so far so good. I plan on using another who is on a Wanted List.

    1. CrimeJunkie Reply

      You can make a fiction version of the same situation. If you want to write a non-fiction piece you have to use only references that are public knowledge or make a note that you are giving your own opinion not based on fact. I wrote a fiction version of an unsolved crime. I knew what happened and the supposition of why. As a fiction, I could say what I wanted, and used other names, not the real ones. Those who were close to the situation will know the truth, but by speaking they acknowledge the crime.

    2. James Jr Reply

      I would suggest referencing an artificial character to a real ‘perp’ so that the reader would be aware of the type and severity of criminal he or she is. The problems with these is that it’s a grisly situation by any means and my true suggestion would be to write something else. I’m a write and I personally don’t want to read about a child being abducted or sexually assaulted. A more clever way to put that notion across without crossing the line is to have the ‘perp’ give an inappropriate look or touch (above the waist) to give the notion and leave it at that. You can make implementations which are just as affective but again, I personally wouldn’t want to read any of it. There’s so much time spent writing and I don’t want it to be wrapped up in that world, but that’s just me.

  3. Pina Baker Reply

    What a fabulous site. I’m a huge fan of crime fiction. I especially like those in a series with same characters turning up.

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