BookNoir Book of the Year 2017 shortlist

Vote for your BookNoir Book of the Year

Article published on December 9, 2016.

Our Real Readers tackled the first in our BookNoir shortlist – Coffin Road by Peter May – and approved…Mary Moore ‘genuinely begrudged putting it down’ and Dorothy Flaxman calling it ‘a good thriller with a strong eco-message which would make an interesting discussion for book groups’. Find out what some of the others thought and why Peter May wrote it here.

Our crack reviewing team also approved of Dragonfish, with Trevor Snyman noting Vu Tran as ‘an author to be watched’ and all three of our featured reviewers declaring the novel to be very well written; let them persuade you here.

Debut Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker was a hit with nb/nudge contributor Phil Ramage (and many others since) – he reviewed it as one to watch out for here and we put the two in touch for a very funny Author meets Reviewer.

Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker was a nudge Recommended Read as well as a Book of the Month, and was very popular with reviewers, including Linda Hepworth who appreciated the ‘powerful sense of authenticity’.

Reviewer Laura Nazmdeh deemed The Killing Files by Nikki Owen ‘a worthy follow-up to The Spider in the Corner of the Room (Subject 375)’ (which we featured in nb magazine as an nb Recommended Read) – read the first chapter here.

Historical fiction is always a hit with our readers so we knew they’d be interested in The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola – read an extract from the book and discover a fantastic new voice in crime set in Victorian London.

The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude is the first of two British Library Crime Classics to be featured in our shortlist – if you haven’t discovered golden age crime fiction yet this would be a great place to start. Read the first chapter and start your journey.

By Gaslight by Steven Price went down very well with our reviewers – Ruth Ginarlis said it made ‘compulsive reading’ and Richard Bryant described it as ‘an exceptional, compelling and very satisfying novel that I would recommend highly’. Read their reviews and an extract from the book here.

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley was re-published as a special edition by the British Library featuring two new solutions to the mystery – find out more and read the first chapter here. You might decide to stay away from liqueur chocolates after reading it…

Finally, The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey, tackled with enthusiasm by the Real Readers team who were delighted to discover a great new author of detective fiction and will be looking out for the next in the Henk van der Pol series.


And now you have to choose just one and tell us why!


Voting for the BookNoir Book of the Year has now closed. Results will be announced on 10th March.



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