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By Paul D. Brazill 

News and a review!

As of February 2018, Number Thirteen Press has joined withFahrenheit Press to form a new imprint:

Fahrenheit 13

Fahrenheit Press’ Chris McVeigh dishes the dirt here:

‘We’re delighted to announce that Number Thirteen Press has officially become part of the Fahrenheit family. We’re massively chuffed that as part of the deal, Number Thirteen head honcho Chris Black has agreed to join us as senior editor of our new imprint Fahrenheit 13. Over the coming months we’ll be republishing the Number Thirteen books and Chris will be out in the world actively commissioning new books for our new imprint. As a nod to Number Thirteen tradition, all the books published by Fahrenheit 13 will be published on the 13th of the month.’

And Number Thirteen Press’ Chris Black spills the beans here. 

‘So, here I am, the new head of a new imprint and it’s important to me that Fahrenheit 13has a distinctive feel. So if Fahrenheit are the punk publishers of crime fiction, where does that leave Fahrenheit 13?

Simple: Fahrenheit only break the rules. Fahrenheit 13 burns the rule book and buries it out in the desert.’

All of which is great news for me, as it means my seaside noir Kill Me Quick! will be rebooted and suited and should be republished around May or June.


M W Craven’s new crime thriller has been snapped up for a TV adaptation. The Bookseller says: 

'Studio Lambert, producers of the award-winning BBC1 drama “Three Girls”, have acquired the TV rights to the former probation officer’s forthcoming novel The Puppet Show (Constable), from Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership on behalf of D H H Literary Agency.

The title is the first in a two-book deal signed by Constable ahead of London Book Fair last year, forming a new series from Craven featuring Washington Poe, a cynical Detective Sergeant and colleague Tilly Bradshaw, as they investigate a series of murders that take place in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. The Puppet Show will be published in June 2018.

Craven, who was born in Cumbria, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Studio Lambert have optioned the rights to The Puppet Show. I met with Susan Hogg (head of drama) and Madeleine Sinclair (head of development) last May, and knew immediately that Studio Lambert’s track record of producing hard-hitting and innovative drama meant that they were the perfect home for Poe and Tilly.”

Hogg said: “Reading The Puppet Show, we were immediately drawn to the brilliant and surprising partnership of Detective Washington Poe and analyst Tilly Bradshaw. Mike Craven has created a distinctive, darkly humorous and compelling series that we can’t wait to develop for British and worldwide television viewers.”

Craven’s previous books in the DI Avison Fluke series were published by independent press Caffeine Nights Publishing.'


Recommended read: This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan. When property developers buy a London tower block and start to force people out of their homes, Ella and Molly start a protest campaign .

But one night, Molly gets a phone call from Ella that throws both of their lives out of kilter.

Eva Dolan’s This Is How It Ends is a gripping, rich, inventive and powerful 21st century crime thriller that will keep you on your toes.

There'll be more carryings on down Brit Grit Alley very soon, sorta kinda thing, like.

Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, Last Year's Man, and Kill Me Quick! He was born in England and lives in Poland. His writing has been translated into Italian, Polish, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime. He has even edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. His blog is here.