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Early goodreads reviews for BAD TURN

I’m over the moon that the response so far for the Advance Reader Copies of the next Charlie Fox crime thriller, BAD TURN has been so positive. Here are some quotes from the reviews posted on goodreads. Click here to see the full reviews page, or right-click on any of the images if you’d like to download them to post on social media. Many thanks!

 

Pre-order the new Charlie Fox now!

Make sure you don’t miss the next instalment of Charlie Fox, BAD TURN, which is now available for pre-order. This will be the thirteenth book featuring Charlie Fox in the award-winning crime thriller series.

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Print formats—mass-market paperback, library hardcover, and Large Print—will also be coming soon!

eBook ISBN: 978-1-909344-55-6

‘Sharp has outdone herself’ Randy Overbeck review of FOX HUNTER

It’s always a great thrill to receive a review on one of my books from a fellow author. This one came in a few days ago from US mystery author, Randy Overbeck. He emailed, opening with the words ‘I finished Fox Hunter and really loved it. Your best yet, I think.’

Here’s Randy’s review:

‘I’ve been a fan of thriller writer Zoë Sharp for years and have read several of her books, enjoying every one, especially the Charlie Fox series. Just to name a few, in First Drop, she took her readers on a dizzying roller coaster ride in the middle of an assassination attempt of a teen Charlie is guarding, and in Road Kill readers get strapped in for an electrifying ride atop a few sleek motorcycles when Charlie infiltrates a biker gang, almost becoming road kill herself in the process.

‘But in Fox Hunter, the latest in the series, Sharp has outdone herself. In this twelfth entry, Charlie Fox is sent on a mission to rescue—or apprehend—her old mentor and lover, Sean Meyer, who may have gone off the reservation and tortured and killed a man from their mutual past. A man Charlie has every reason to be glad is dead.

‘Her search takes her from the scorched landscapes of the Iraqi desert and up to the snowy mountains of Bulgaria. Along the way she encounters a Russian hit squad, an Iraqi teen raped and then disfigured and abandoned by her own family, black market antiquities smugglers and a former client, a major crime boss. One aspect that makes Ms. Sharp’s writing so sterling is her ability to transport the reader vividly to the settings of her narratives, whether it be the sights and smells of Disney World in First Drop or the twisting switchbacks of the Irish countryside in Road Kill.

‘In Fox Hunter, the scenes of the desert are real, I swear I could feel the hot sun and the grit of the sand in my face (and it was in the middle of a freezing January). Of course, my teeth practically chattered when I was riding alongside Charlie atop a snowmobile up the frozen slopes to a mountain fortress.

‘Did I mention that Charlie Fox is one tough broad? There’s a reason why Lee Child calls Charlie Fox a female Jack Reacher.

‘If you’ve not yet had a chance to discover this brilliant British writer, you’ve been missing some really great rides. And Fox Hunter would be a great place to start. But so would First Drop or Die Easy or Hard KnocksYou get the picture. By all means, if you want a thriller with a kick-ass heroine, add Zoë Sharp to your list of must reads.’

Randy’s new novel, Blood On The Chesapeake, book one of the Haunted Shores Mysteries series, will be out on April 10th. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

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CrimeFest 2019 programme announced!

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I’m delighted to be going back to the annual CRIMEFEST INTERNATIONAL CRIME FICTION CONVENTION— in Bristol, running from May 9th to 12th. This will be the eleventh year of the festival, described by The Guardian as one of the “best crime writing festivals around the world” and by The Independent as one of “the best 50 festivals in the UK” Praise indeed.

This year, CrimeFest has a new home at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Bristol. I’m looking forward to it, as I do every year. John Harvey is one of the Featured Guest Authors, plus actor Ashley Jensen and the team behind the Agatha Raisin TV series. The Toastmaster at the Gala Dinner will be Robert Thorogood, creator of the TV series Death In Paradise.

The official programme has just been announced. I’m lucky enough to be on three panels this year. First of all, on Friday, May 10th, 13:40-14:30, I’m the Participating Moderator of ‘Contemporary Issues: Reflecting How We Live’, with Candy DenmanPaul GitshamCara HunterAmanda RobsonZoë Sharp (M).

Then on Saturday, May 11th, 11:20-12:10, I’m a panelist on ‘Ten Year Stretch: The CrimeFest Short Story Anthology’ with fellow contributors, Peter GuttridgeCaro RamsayZoë SharpMichael Stanley (Stan Trollip), Kate Ellis (M).

And finally, on Sunday, May 12th, 09:30-10:20, I’m once again moderating ‘The Indie Alternative’ panel. This time the line-up is Beate BoekerAdam CroftBarry FaulknerLynn FlorkiewiczZoë Sharp (M).

I hope you’ll join us there. I will, no doubt, be found in the bar on most evenings, so if you come along, please do say, “Hi!”

Crime and Publishment coming soon!

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The annual Crime and Publishment three-day course has become a firm favourite for would-be crime authors. Organised by author and reviewer, Graham Smith and held at The Mill Forge in Gretna, the event has enjoyed considerable success. So far, ten attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts. Not to be sniffed at.

This will be the second time I’ve been invited by Graham to teach a couple of workshops. This year, they will be on the subject of Getting Your Fights Right. As the name suggests, they will focus on how to write convincing action and fight scenes.

My fellow MurderIsEverywhere blogger, Caro Ramsay, is also teaching at this year’s C&P. Caro is an osteopath as well as a top crime writer, so she will be explaining the joys of Breaking Bones For Fun. Between us, we should have a cracking time. (All puns intended.)

Crime and Publishment takes place this year from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10. There’s a residential option, of course, so those staying at The Mill Forge have the chance to mix and chat with the authors and instructors away from the classroom. I’m really looking forward to taking part.

For more details, visit the Crime and Publishment website, or email: crime@themill.co.uk.

CrimeBookJunkie’s Top Reads of 2018

One of the most enthusiastic receptions I had last year to the new standalone crime thriller, DANCING ON THE GRAVE, was from the fabulous Noelle Holten otherwise known as CrimeBookJunkie. And I’m delighted to have been named as one of her Top Reads 2018.

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Well HOLY SH*TBALLS – what a year it has been for crime fiction! I seriously can’t believe how many fantastic books I had the pleasure of reading this year – some new authors, some old faves – but all were phenomenal for one reason or another. I’ve been so busy this year myself, with work, writing and trying to keep on top of blog tour reads, that I’ve decided to just post the pictures of all the fantabulous books that got under my skin and stuck with me.

You can search for the reviews via my blog, but trust me – they are all worth reading!

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To read the whole of Noelle’s post about her Top Reads of 2018, visit CrimeBookJunkie.

Also, Noelle has her first crime thriller, DEAD INSIDE, coming out in May from Killer Reads/HarperCollins UK. Look out for it!

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New short story anthology FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME just out

FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE SHERLOCK HOLMES CANON

Edited by Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger.

Pegasus Crime,  December 04 2018

‘A brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.

‘FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers—regardless of genre—to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

‘The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hard-core thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy graphic tale of insectoid analysis.

‘This is not a volume for readers who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of readers who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.

‘A sensational follow-up to ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2016), IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2014), and A STUDY IN SHERLOCK (2011).’

Featuring Stories by: Peter S Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni LP Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, DP Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoë Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F Paul Wilson.

“Laurie R. King and Leslie Klinger continue to breathe new life into Sherlockian tales.”—LitHub

“Entertaining. This volume contains something for every fan of the Baker Street sleuth.”—Publishers Weekly

My own contribution, Hounded, is a modern retelling of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, in which Holmes and Watson play their parts—but so does Charlie Fox!

To buy, see the Anthologies page.

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Win a bundle of signed books!

How would you like to win a bundle of signed print books by five Northern crime writers? Grab copies of NO TIME TO DIE by Andrew Barrett, KISS OF DEATH by Paul Finch, CRASH by Keith Houghton, THE BLOW OUT by Bill Rogers, and DANCING ON THE GRAVE by Zoë Sharp.

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This simple to enter sweepstake has been organised by Manchester-based debut author, David Beckler, whose first novel, BROTHERHOOD, will be out on February 07.

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The competition ends on December 11 at 7pm GMT, so enter today!

Noir at the Bar London – Oct 22

Noir@TheBar-LondonI have been invited to take part in Noir @ The Bar London ‘Chilled To The Marrow’, which takes place on Monday, October 22 from 7:00–10:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) at The Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ. The line-up is Susi HollidayWilliam ShawMark HillDerek FarrellJay StringerJA MarleyAlex CaanBarbara NadelZoë SharpLiz (Elizabeth) MundyCaroline (Caz) FrearFelicia Yap, and a Wildcard chosen on the night. It’s hosted by Nikki East. Entry is free.

If you haven’t come across Noir @ The Bar events, they’re short readings by crime authors, which take place in cool bars across the UK and across the Atlantic, with book giveaways to boot. They’re always a great way to hear work by authors you might not have come across before, as well as your favourites. If you’re in London on October 22, get yourself to Whitechapel and drink in a treat.

For The Sake of The Game: PW review

Nice review in Publishers Weekly for the new Sherlock Holmes anthology, FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME. I have a Charlie Fox story included, which is my take on the HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, called ‘Hounded’.

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For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

FTSOTG-front coverEdited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. Pegasus Crime, $25.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-68177-879-2
King and Klinger’s entertaining fourth Holmes-themed anthology (after 2016’s Echoes of Sherlock Holmes) features well-known authors representing genres ranging from cozy to horror. The 14 selections include a poem, Peter S. Beagle’s “Dr. Watson’s Song,” which provides a deeper look at the doctor’s emotional life, and a comic, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello’s “The Case of the Naked Butterfly,” which continues the exploits of insects Inspector Mantis and Dr. Hopper. Fans of the BBC’s Sherlock will appreciate Alan Gordon’s take on Holmes’s relationship with Mycroft in “The Case of the Missing Case.” Reed Farrel Coleman weighs in with one of the more memorable contributions, the metaphysical “A Study in Absence,” in which a book editor asks for help tracing an author using the pseudonym of I.M. Knott. The best light entry is Harley Jane Kozak’s “The Walk-in,” featuring a Sherlockian British intelligence agent, which opens with the tantalizing line “It’s not every day that you walk into your apartment and find that your cat has turned into a dog.” This volume contains something for every fan of the Baker Street sleuth. (Dec.)