I was stunned to check Twitter today and see that ABSENCE OF LIGHT: Charlie Fox #11 was included on a list of Top International Thrillers led by powerful, ambitious women, as put together by author and journalist, Holly Watt. Holly is the author of TO THE LIONS, as well as writing for all the top newspapers in the UK. Her choices are appearing on the CrimeReads site, as well as being reposted by Marshal Zeringue on Campaign For The American Reader.
I just heard that FOX HUNTER has been chosen as one of the Top 9 British Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat by Wiki. They even made a cool video with a run-down of their list, from David Ambrose’s TWISTED at #1 to Martin Fletcher’s THE WAR REPORTER at #9. What an honour, and a great crowd to be in!
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!
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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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 Knocks. You 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.’
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 Denman, Paul Gitsham, Cara Hunter, Amanda Robson, Zoë 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 Guttridge, Caro Ramsay, Zoë Sharp, Michael 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 Boeker, Adam Croft, Barry Faulkner, Lynn Florkiewicz, Zoë 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!”
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.
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.
Top Reads 2018 @nholten40 #crimefiction #thrillers #WhatToRead #CrimeBookJunkie
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!
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!
FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE SHERLOCK HOLMES CANON
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.
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.
The competition ends on December 11 at 7pm GMT, so enter today!