Murder

The crime of passion that kept the nation enthralled

10 August 2019 9:00 am

No matter how exquisitely English —gobbets of blood amid the fireplace ornaments — murder annihilates meaning. Even when the motive…

An outsider inside: We, The Survivors, by Tash Aw, reviewed

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It’s not immediately obvious who the survivors in Tash Aw’s formidable new novel are, or who the narrator even is,…

True crime has never been more popular, but it often forgets the families left behind

2 February 2019 9:00 am

I’ve talked to Denise Horvath-Allan more than my own mother this year. Denise’s son Charles went missing while backpacking in…

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The ghostly Thames: Once Upon a River, by Diane Setterfield, reviewed

26 January 2019 9:00 am

While its shape is famous — prominent on maps of London and Oxford — the Thames is ‘unmappable’, according to…

Death of a rock star: Slow Motion Ghosts, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Here is a novel set in the no man’s land between past and present, a fertile and constantly shifting territory…

Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Asked how he achieves the distinctive realism for which his novels and screenplays are famous, Richard Price, that sharp chronicler…

It’s time to get real about gang violence in London

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Hey, Londoners — been stabbed or shot yet this week? Just thought I’d check as the place seems to resemble,…

The murderer who got away – and the woman who died in pursuit

24 March 2018 9:00 am

This true-crime narrative ought, by rights, to be broken backed, in two tragic ways. One is that the serial attacker…

The Maigret novels are perfect for the train. Just don’t let their cynicism blight your view of your fellow passengers

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Donald E. Westlake wrote crime books that were funny, light and intricate. Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case…

Lady Lucan, a week after the murder

How Lucky Lucan begged me for money shortly before mistakenly murdering the nanny

17 February 2018 9:00 am

A Moment in Time reminded me of the sort of British expatriate women I used to meet in the south…

Crime and puzzlement in Tony White’s Oulipo-inspired novel

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tony White’s latest novel begins for all the world like a police procedural, following the delightfully named sleuth Rex King…

The neglected house on Downshire Hill had been Allan Chappelow’s home from childhood

The murder of a harmless Hampstead eccentric remains shrouded in mystery

27 January 2018 9:00 am

‘True crime’ is a genre that claims superiority over imagination, speculation and fantasy. It makes a virtue of boredom and…

Candid camera?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Channel 4’s Catching a Killer offered the rare TV spectacle these days of a middle-aged white male copper leading a…

Crime pursues the crime writer

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Patricia Highsmith was an accretion of oddities — a woman who doted on her pet snails and carried a selection…

The Wicked Boy is finally redeemed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

During the heatwave in the summer of 1895, the Gentlemen v. Players match at Lords Cricket Ground on 8 July…

A Tokyo police procedural with a brilliant twist

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The plot of Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four begins in 1989, with the murder of Shoko, a seven-year-old girl. Fourteen years…

Riots and gang warfare provide the spark for the best latest thrillers

9 April 2016 9:00 am

All it takes is a spark. In her compelling new thriller, Ten Days (Canongate, £14.99), Gillian Slovo tracks the progress…

POOF... BOOM... POW! Daniel Clowes’s new graphic novel descends into magic

2 April 2016 9:00 am

If you could travel back in time, would you kill Hitler’s mother, seek out your old house and play ball…

Modern Italy’s heart of darkness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Valerio Varesi, the Turin-born crime writer, displays a typically Italian interest (I would say) in conspiracy theory. The Italian term…

Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Pity the poor crime writers. Our earnings, like those of all authors, are diminishing for reasons far beyond our control.…

Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

My first courtroom murder case could have come straight from one of Andrew Taylor’s novels. A gruesome crime — the…

There’s one real way to stop gang crime: legalise drugs

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I covered another stabbing the other day, a particularly nasty one this time. An 18-year-old was repeatedly knifed in the…

Inside the mind of a murderer

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For one week in July 2010, the aspiring spree killer Raoul Moat was the only news. ‘Aspiring’ because he didn’t…

Prime suspect: Steven Avery, whose case is the subject of the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’

Netflix's Making a Murderer is fascinating - but is it true?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, the Netflix documentary serial Making a Murderer should only take up ten hours of your…

A morally dubious mix of Candid Camera and Fawlty Towers: Pushed to the Edge reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Never a man tortured by self-doubt, Derren Brown introduced his latest special Pushed to the Edge (Channel 4, Tuesday) as…