Call them Crime Scene Investigators, or Book Reviewers, we are here to give an honest opinion on the Crime Scenes that it is our lot, and joy, I hope, to investigate. The Investigators must themselves be writers; folk who have got the tee-shirt, who understand the murderous toil involved in committing their crimes to paper. They will have suffered the relentless onslaught of rejection slips, and have seen their creations buried under a slushpile avalanche, futilely awaiting rescue by sniffer dogs. This site has evolved from the MEAN STREETS Review blog generated by that genius creator of the WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, Harry Bingham. I cannot recommend them highly enough for the invaluable assistance they afford the aspiring writer of any and all genres. https://writersworkshop.co.uk Peter-Earle1

Not all the previous Crime Scene staff are available; thus new members will be added from time to time. Suffice it to say that for the present, Peter J. Earle with be chief pathologist.

Peter J. Earle –  www.peterjearle.com –  is a self-pub novelist with 5 published novels.  All are available as e-novels by Kindle Direct Publishing. Soft-covers are available, if you are into destroying forests.

What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? All, but especially Pursuit – on the run, trying to prove innocence. Why do you love crime fiction? I love the puzzle, the hints and clues, means and motives and how it all ties together. My Weapon of Choice: Oh, the snake, of course… preferably the mamba. My special skills: Being a hunter and tracker, I can choose whether to kill my client by hippo chomp or buffalo stampede or lion nip. My undiscovered crime: I did it so well that I now have to wait seven years for my rich uncle to be declared dead. My next target: Seven cousins, of course! My most satisfying killing: will be cousin Cecil who used to bully me something chronic. This mamba that I know will get him while he’s poking about an anthill on safari…


barbBarb Ettridge is a writer that likes dirt. The dirt of real life and the earthy people who lived and died in it. She mainly writes crime novels that deal with the past coming back to bite those who think their tracks are too well covered. Her favourite things include chocolate, cats and other people doing the dishes.

What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Sparse and poetic with the ability to shock. Layered and deep without appearing to be. Basically, books that are onions.

 Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? Huddled under my axe murderer proof quilt.
When do you tend to do your reading? Late at night, with a background of sinister seagulls. Listen to one laugh and tell me it’s not plotting something.
Why do you love crime fiction? Crime fiction combines the wonder of a cryptic puzzle woven into the actions and emotions of those up to no good. 

My Weapon of Choice: The ace of spades. My Undiscovered Crime? You know that whole thing with the cream puff? That was me. My Most Wicked Lie? I’ll still respect your corpse in the mourning. My Best Disguise? Barrel of rum. My Favourite Lurking Location? Behind the curtains…

Cicely2Ravenpasser – AKA Cicely Havely: Novelist on the brink…

What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Philip Kerr (for the history and the wise-cracks); Peter Temple (for his dialogue); and Donna Leon (for sweet relief)..Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? Planes and trains  Why do you love crime fiction? To feed my ruthless streak.

My weapon of choice: a bare bodkin. My special skill: dissection.  My favourite victim: the misplaced apostrophe. My next target: the Oxford comma. My favourite lurking location:  in the margins.

James NESBITTJim Nesbitt: For more than 30 years, he was a roving correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama and has just joined our forensic team at BOOK POSTMORTEM to investigate the Crime Scene.


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  1. Hi BookPostmortem,

    I’m writing to ask if you’d like an advance review copy of SACRIFICED? This crime mystery is the U.S. English-language debut of bestselling African writer Chanette Paul.

    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. Please let me know if you can join the blog tour.

    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


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