Andrew Taylor

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This way to a parallel universe, via north Oxford

5 September 2015 9:00 am

As a novelist, Iain Pears doesn’t repeat himself, and he gives with a generous hand. In Arcadia, he provides a…

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Brothels, hashish, a poisonous scorpion, a cursed necklace: all excuses for macho antics in the Valley of the Kings

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Gore Vidal has form as a crime writer. In the early 1950s, when his sympathetic literary treatment of homosexuality had…

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Murder on Grub Street

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Historical fiction is sometimes accused of being remote from modern concerns, a flight towards nostalgia and fantasy. It’s not an…


Murder, mystery and sexual obsession

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Few first novels are as successful as S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, which married a startling and unusual…

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Forget Poirot, Holmes or Marlowe: there is nothing urgent or even logical about Chilean detective work

22 November 2014 9:00 am

If nothing else, a private investigator who has learned his trade from the works of Simenon stands out from the…


This autumn's crime fiction visits the Isle of Man and enters the Big Brother house

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Phil Rickman isn’t unusual among crime writers for mingling supernatural elements with earthly crimes. What makes him different is his…


Hercule Poirot returns – and yes, he’s as irritating as ever

11 October 2014 9:00 am

First, a confession. I have never cared much for Hercule Poirot. In this I am not alone, for his creator…


An unorthodox detective novel about Waitrose-country paedos

4 October 2014 9:00 am

W.H. Auden was addicted to detective fiction. In his 1948 essay ‘The Guilty Vicarage’, he analysed the craving, which he…


Creepy, dizzying and dark: a choice of recent crime fiction

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Philip Kerr is best known for his excellent Bernie Gunther series about a detective trying to survive with his integrity…


Maigret's new clothes – this month's best new crime novel, published 1931

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The publisher has whipped up a tsunami of excitement around The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (translated from the…

The headquarters of Britain's MI6, London

You know something’s up when MI6 moves its head office to Croydon

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Alan Judd’s spy novels occupy a class of their own in the murky world of espionage fiction, partly because they…


A Colder War, by Charles Cumming - review

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The title of Charles Cumming’s seventh novel is both a nod to the comfortable polarities of Cold War and also…


Recent crime fiction

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Louise Welsh rarely repeats herself, a quality to celebrate in a crime novelist. Her latest novel, A Lovely Way to…

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A thriller that breaks down the publishing office door

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Like teenage children and their parents, authors and publishers have a symbiotic relationship characterised by well-justified irritation on both sides.…


Pick of the crime novels

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Stuart MacBride’s new novel, A Song for the Dying (HarperCollins, £16.99, Spectator Bookshop, £14.99), is markedly darker in tone than…


Isabel Allende's Ripper doesn't grab you by the throat

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Isabel Allende is not an author one usually associates with the thrillers about serial killers. Ripper, however, lives up to…


Have a crime-filled Christmas

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Pity the poor novelist whom commercial pressures trap within a series, doomed with each volume to diminish the stock of…

The view of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Read any good crime fiction lately?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

No Exit Press is not a large publisher but it has the knack of choosing exceptionally interesting crime fiction. Brother…

The Red Road by Denise Mina- review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Denise Mina’s 11th crime novel, The Red Road (Orion, £12.99), is one of her best, which is saying a good…

Holy Orders, by Benjamin Black - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s always a little disconcerting for the rest of us when literary novelists turn to crime. Have they become different…

Crime fiction - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

‘We no longer believe in God but hope nevertheless for miracles,’ remarks Frederic Mordaunt, one of the characters of John…

Crime fiction reviewed by Andrew Taylor

18 May 2013 9:00 am

An epigraph taken from Goebbels’s only published novel certainly makes a book stand out from the crowd. A Man Without…

The Dance of the Seagull, by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli - review

23 March 2013 9:00 am

In the first six pages of Andrea Camilleri’s new novel, Inspector Montalbano drinks at least four cups of coffee and…

A choice of recent crime novels

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Many novels deal with unhappy families. But happy families are relatively rare, especially in crime fiction, which is one of…

Recent crime novels

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Odd couples fascinate Frances Fyfield. Her latest novel, Gold Digger (Sphere, £12.99), centres on the relationship between an elderly man,…