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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

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Join me at Bloody Scotland festival September 2017

July 9, 2017

Bloody Scotland celebrates Scottish and international crime fiction in September in Stirling, and I will be there, talking about creating locations in thrillers with fellow panelists John Gordon Sinclair and Tony Black.
Date: Saturday 9 September
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Buy tickets here.
For more information click here.
Sinclair’s tense thriller Walk in Silence is set in the brutal underworld of Albania. Black’s latest novel, written with Matt Neal, Bay of Martyrs, takes place in Australia where a young woman’s body is washed up on a beach at the Bay of Martyrs.

Look out for the amazing Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Mark Billingham and many more!

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Review of Spare Me The Truth: C.J. Carver is a master of the high-octane thriller

Secrets, betrayal and a killer who will have you looking over your shoulder.

Spare Me The Truth opens with a bang: with fast action and a tantalizing mystery – who is Cedric and why must Stella Reavy re-enter Dan’s life, an act which is clearly going to wreak havoc with his life – and this is exactly how I like my thrillers to start. The worlds of three intriguing characters are about to collide: Reavy’s daughter Dr Grace, Dan Forrester who lives a quiet life which somehow he knows doesn’t feel right, and PC Lucy Davies, who is investigating the disappearance of Bella Frances. Each of these characters either keeps a dark secret or is about to find out something shocking about a loved-one. In fact secrets, and whether people should be told the truth, is a theme that runs throughout the whole breathtakingly exciting book. Three plots are expertly interwoven into a nail-biting climax. C.J Carver is a master of the high-octane thriller not just because she writes action and characters so well, but because of her humanity.
Published by Zaffre Publishing.

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L.A. Larkin is now firmly on my must-read list: C.J Carver

July 7, 2017

I happen to be a big fan of thriller author C.J. Carver, who, like me, is a bit of an adventurer. So imagine how happy I was to see this five star review of DEVOUR by C.J. Carver on GoodReads

I love opening a brand-new book by an author and reading those first few lines. I especially love it when those first few lines tell me I’m in safe hands, and that the book is going to ring all my bells with believable characters, great action scenes and a watertight plot line that leads to a cracking ending.
I loved the protagonist Olivia Wolfe, and although she’s super-capable, almost a superwoman, Larkin uses a deft touch to show her character’s vulnerabilities. Out of all the book characters I’ve read, Olivia Wolfe is at the top of my list to invite to dinner and L.A. Larkin is now firmly on my must-read list.

June 30, 2017

Thank you C.J. Perhaps we could hold a dinner party one day and invite all our favourite characters!?

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Review of Vicious Circle by C.J. Box

June 20, 2017

Evocative, creepy and tense – a masterful modern-day, dark, cowboy thriller.
Vicious Circle is a true wilderness thriller and the evocative setting in the chilly mountains of Wyoming really drew me in. This is the seventeenth book in the Joe Pickett series, and the first one I have read, and it didn’t matter at all to my enjoyment of the book. Pickett is an unusual and therefore fascinating thriller hero – a game warden, so not a police officer or detective. He’s also a quiet hero and a family man and it is the dynamic with his family, whom he will protect at any cost, which is so touching. His old enemy is back and out for revenge and Pickett must protect his family against a charming and dangerous adversary.

I found the location mesmerizing as I am a wilderness fan but I think it is the cast of characters that had me so hooked, especially the goons, Brutus and the Weasel, and Farkus at the bar before he meets an untimely end. They add a touch of humour in an otherwise sinister and scary plot.

I was lucky enough to meet the author, C.J. Box at the UK’s CrimeFest in May 2017 and really enjoyed hearing about his ranch in Wyoming and his family. He’s a great ambassador for his State and a wonderful author. I can’t recommend this book enough.

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Review of Stav Sherez’s The Intrusions

June 9, 2017

Superb characters, topical plot and sizzling with suspense. Sherez mercilessly piles the pressure onto his central characters and expertly tackles the subject of social media used to destroy people. He also has a wonderful writing style which reminds me a bit of Michael Robothom’s novels, in the way he can nail an image so perfectly. Highly recommended.

‘Sherez’s novels are strikingly modern and infused with a passionate belief in justice’ Joan Smith, Sunday Times

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