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The Book Addict on: The Bedlam Detective

The Bedlam Detective rattles along with great pace and skill, as you might expect from an author as accomplished at Stephen Gallagher. The characters are credible, and the action smooth and taut, and satisfyingly complicated. A sequel featuring Sebastian Becker, and his son, would certainly be a welcome development.

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The Dish On Vish Puri

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

Vish Puri, P.I.

Personal Details

  • Born: 1951
  • Birthplace: Punjabi Bagh, Delhi
  • Nickname: Chubby


  • Wife: His wife, Rumpi, is the daughter of a retired Brigadier in the Indian army. They have three daughters.
  • Mother: Puri’s mother, known to all as “Mummy-ji,” is a retired head teacher with a keen interest in the affairs of others. A capable detective in her own right, she often becomes embroiled in minor cases, despite Puri’s disapproval: “Women are not detectives and detectives are certainly not Mummies,” as Puri points out. But when the father of a star Pakistani cricketer is poisoned in The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, she realizes that she alone has unique insight into the case.
  • Father: Puri is the son of a deceased Delhi police officer, framed for corruption.



Movie News:

Carrie remake set to start filming this Summer

Chole Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Let Me In) is set to star in the remake of Stephen King's Carrie. Released in 1974, Carrie was Stephen King's first published novel. Brian De Palma directed the original film version in 1976, but this version will more closely follow King's text, according to Moretz. Production begins this summer, with a release date of March 15, 2013.


The Woman in Black is now on DVD

The Woman in Black

Now you can take her home... The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, is now available on DVD.

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CWA Award News


We are pleased to announce that Trackers by Deon Meyer and Phantom by Jo Nesbo have both been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger.

“Meyer’s thrillers include a variety of characters, some of whom reappear from previous apparently independent novels. He craftily constructs three apparently unrelated stories each of which engages with his characteristic theme: hunters whose compulsions make them sleuths in nature as well as culture. The judges think that this is Meyer at his best, but fear that the slightest revelation might spoil readers’ pleasure.” —CWA International Dagger jury citation

“In what may be the last of his Harry Hole series, Nesbø’s gifts for tautly strung thrillers bring his series characters together in a twisting plot. This novel is less savagely violent than his recent serial-killer investigations, which the judges applaud, without diminishing Harry’s knightly quests on the mean streets.” —CWA International Dagger jury citation

The winner will be announced on July 5.