Category: dark humour

A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon 

A NICE, NORMAL HOUSELinda has lived around here ever since she fled the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is – pushing the Hoover round and cooking fish fingers for tea is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the door for the … Read More A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon 

The Caulder’s Well Trial of 1648 by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

There is a great evil abroad, but it’s not what you might think. A woman sits shackled in a cage waiting for the two witchfinders, March and Dale, to pronounce their verdict. But wait a minute. This woman appears to have done nothing but good. Easing pain and curing illness goes against the will of God, they tell the townsfolk. They are punishments for … Read More The Caulder’s Well Trial of 1648 by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

No Less The Devil by Stuart McBride

‘We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.’ It’s been seventeen months since the Bloodsmith butchered his first victim and Operation Maypole is still no nearer to catching him. The media is whipping up a storm, the top brass are demanding results, but the investigation is sinking fast. Now isn’t the time to get distracted with other cases, but … Read More No Less The Devil by Stuart McBride

Shaking Hands With The Devil by Bryan J Mason

‘WE ARE ON THIS CASE LIKE A BONER FIDO BLOODHOUND…AND MY MEN ARE BARKING AT THE LEASH’ In this darkly comic novel, Clifton Gentle is an ordinary man without much to distinguish him. Not much, that is, apart from being a serial killer who is leaving bits of his young male victims scattered around North London.  #ShakingHandsWithTheDevil @BryanJMason @Zooloo’s Book Tours @zooloo2008 #ZooloosBookTours #blogtour DCI Dave Hicks … Read More Shaking Hands With The Devil by Bryan J Mason

Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker

WHEN YOUR MARRIAGE IS THIS BROKEN, YOU MAY NOT MAKE IT OUT ALIVE. A nightmare jolts Debs awake. She leaves the kids tucked up in their beds and goes downstairs. There’s a man in her kitchen, holding a knife. But it’s not an intruder. This is her husband Marc, the father of her children. A man she no longer recognises. Once their differences were … Read More Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker

Music of the Night by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Music of the Night is a new anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) members and edited by Martin Edwards, with music as the connecting theme. The aim, as always is to produce a book which is representative both of the genre and the membership of the world’s premier crime writing association. The CWA has published anthologies of members’ stories … Read More Music of the Night by Martin Edwards (Editor)

The Engine House by Rhys Dylan

You can bury the bodies, but you can’t hide the truth. When a landslip on Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastal path reveals the harrowing remains of two bodies, ex-DCI Evan Warlow’s quiet retirement is shattered. As the original investigator for the two missing persons eight years before, Evan is recalled to help with what is now a murder inquiry. But as the killer scrambles to cover … Read More The Engine House by Rhys Dylan

I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson

What if all your neighbours’ secrets landed in a diary on your doorstep?What if the woman who gave it to you was murdered by one of the people in the diary? What if the police asked if you knew anything? Would you hand over the book of secrets? Or … would you try to find out what everyone had done? I Know What You’ve … Read More I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson

A Crown of Sonnets About My Death by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

It’s a takeover! This week the amazing Ashley Shiers is performing two incredibly different pieces: A Crown of Sonnets About My DeathWritten by Nancy Fons – instagram: @a_daily_sonnetandThe Tale of Ol’ Sandy JackWritten by Ashley Shiers I’m actually speechless. A Crown of Sonnets… was so beautiful, emotive and lyrical and the Scottish accent enhanced the listening experience. For those who don’t know, a sonnet … Read More A Crown of Sonnets About My Death by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths.Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: a functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates … Read More Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

Whatever Happened to Aunt Ada by Veronika Jordan

Every now and again I publish a short story instead of a book review. So as it’s almost Halloween here is a little tale of dark humour and cannibalism. #WhateverHappenedtoAuntAda @cookiebiscuit #shortstory Photo credit Danielle Lade July 2019 ‘So you had just started telling me Stan, whatever happened to Aunt Ada? She seemed so fit for 93.’ ‘She was. Good strong bones with plenty … Read More Whatever Happened to Aunt Ada by Veronika Jordan

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston

Award-winning author Antti Tuomainen launches his first series with The Rabbit Factor, an energetic black comedy, currently being adapted for the screen by Amazon/Mandeville Films with Steve Carell to star, and Antti executive producing. What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal. Until he is faced with the incalculable, after a … Read More The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston