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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Bang up to Date, 29 May 2014
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Wendy Jones "wjones7423" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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There are many books out there which cover the different sub genres within the world of crime writing. This is the first one however, which looks at the contribution of the independent, or indie, author to the genre. Chris Longmuir sets the tone of the book by firstly giving a brief explanation of ebooks and ebook readers. It then goes on to talk about the world of ebooks and Indie writers. This is a fascinating, and insightful discussion and certainly gave me a lot of ideas as a writer. However, tis is just a small part of the book.

The main focus of the book is for the reader and talks about crime writing in general and then the sub genres within this. It gives an over view o the genre, it's history and then discusses different authors, and books, within this. Being an absolutely passionate reader of crime fiction, in all it's genres, I loved this section. It left me wanting to read more from the particular authors and I will be downloading some of their books.

This is an excellent book for any author, or reader, of crime fiction. It is well researched and yet written in an approachable style. It is one I would highly recommend. Buy it now, you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review by A J Strachan, 12 May 2014
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Mr. A. J. Strachan (Montrose Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a unique book about every conceivable category of crime novel written by a lady who is herself, a prize winning crime author.

However, she is not extolling the work of traditionally published crime writers who need no further promotion. On our behalf, she has trawled through the Kindle and other e-readers to present to us, all the different subgenres of crime fiction from cosy crime, through historical, psychological, medical and political crime, even humorous crime, culminating in the scary stuff, Tartan Noir. And they are all written by indie, or self-published authors. Chris Longmuir doesn’t hold back. If any of the chosen books are badly presented or need further editing, she says so.

But on the whole, most of her authors come up to her exacting standards and, given her recommendation, they may be on their way to be bestsellers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner of a Text Book!, 12 Jun. 2014
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If you're a crime fiction fan, this one's a must for you. If you also own an e-reader, this is even more of a must. If you are a writer contemplating self-publishing, you can't afford not to read it!

Chris Longmuir has written a non-fiction book that verges on the text book, yet is a page turner. It offers a fascinating insight into crime fiction, its history, and its many sub-genres, but also focuses on the rise of the indie book - that is works not produced by the big publishing houses, often self-published e-books. If you have preconceptions about indie books, you need to leave them at the door when you enter this book.

Spread across the pages are the author's reviews of indie books in all the various sub-genres of crime, including historical and supernatural, with her honest assessment of each book. It has raised my interest in a number of new voices in crime fiction, and I've already added some of them to my Kindle. It's a book you can read in one rail journey but will want to keep dipping back into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable account, 26 May 2014
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Chris Longmuir is herself an experienced crime writer and also has an excellent knowledge of the genre. She therefore speaks with the authority of the practitioner. Independently published fiction is widely reviewed but there have been few attempts to provide a full critical overview. This is why this book is important. Many authors are examined, many books of worth but not always high visibility are evaluated and the critical judgements are pithy, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Highly recommended as a first-rate introduction to a field which is expanding all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at crime fiction, 19 May 2014
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Chris Longmuir has expanded a series of contributions she made to the Edinburgh ebook Festival in 2013 to create a wide-ranging survey of the crime/mystery genre in which you’ll find many excellent writers of whom you may not have heard before. She set out to look at the various genres and sub-genres and, although having necessarily to be selective, still managed to add 61 indie novels to those she’d already read (not to mention her own, award-winning examples). Here, she introduces us to many new names and shares her personal opinions of them all as well as offering us her informed insights into the present state of independent and ebook publishing, all in a conversational style that makes for very easy reading. If you’re looking for a guide around the complexities of crime fiction, this has to be on your shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great read, 18 May 2014
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Everything you always wanted to know about crime fiction but were afraid to ask. Award winning crime novelist, Chris Longmuir, delves into the murky depths of crime fiction from the lighter cozy crime to the gritty police procedural or thriller.

A thoroughly researched non-fiction piece, Chris brings her take on what makes good reading and suggests indie authors whose works who live up to her discerning expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 7 Jun. 2014
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This is a very readable and informative overview of Indie (i.e. independent or self-published) crime fiction. Longmuir set herself the task of reading and reviewing a wide range of Indie crime fiction and organising these in sub-genres such as Cosy Mystery, Historical Crime Fiction and Psychological Crime.

Longmuir highlights how there is a wealth of excellent crime fiction being written and independently published. Avid crime fiction readers are always on the look out for new authors to read and this is a great book to help you discover new writers and genres to seek out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not before time, 28 May 2014
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This exploration of the crime genre in its many manifestations by Chris Longmuir has the added bonus of being right up to date. There are a number of books exploring this genre, but most of them ignore or at best obliquely mention the rise of the Indie writer and the way in which this contribution to crime literature has exploded recently.
Chris Longmuir analyses in some depth the various subgenres, including the historical crime novel, the humorous crime novel, the hard-boiled crime novel and romantic suspense, to name but a few.
This focus on the variety and scope of crime novels now being written is discussed within the context of crime fiction in general and the section devoted to the development of this genre and the 'Golden Age' authors provides a succinct reference point for more recent novels.
This is most certainly a welcome addition to the literature currently available on the genre of crime fiction, written in a most accessible way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good analysis of the indie contribution, 19 July 2014
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This should be the new 'must have' for crime fiction addicts. All subgenre described with examples. Good analysis of the indie contribution. A book that was waiting to be written. I'm glad Chris Longmuir did it. Great insights based on experience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to good crime ebooks: keep on your Kindle for summer reading choices., 8 Jun. 2014
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This welcome venture by Chris Longmuir, who writes excellent crime fiction herself, should be regarded as a standard work and a much needed vade mecum into the world of indie crime. Well researched, detailed, thoughtful, yet lively and readable, this book represents Longmuir's reading of over 60 crime ebooks, some of which she has selected as good enough to feature in detail, giving valuable recommendations to anyone seeking to widen their reading of crime fiction. My Kindle 'highlight' feature came in very handy, as I marked many of the books for future buying after having my appetite for varying kinds of murder whetted by her descriptions.
She has focused on the indie ebook market, and her carefully explained criteria allow her to assert that the featured books are as good as, often better than, traditionally published crime novels. This is very useful to the reader, as the market floods with indie ebooks of widely varying quality not only of style and content, but of formatting and editing. Also very useful is the structure of the book: the different sub-genres of crime are defined, and the books recommended under those dark and mysterious banners, so you can choose your poison, or choose to stray outside your normal beat. Her disquisitions on the sub-genres (cosy, hardboiled, noir, police procedural etc) are valuable to any reader, or writer, in the crime world. She makes personal choices in defining these, but explains those choices, and how they overlap, and how the recommended novels fit them. This is no easy task, as indie authors often defy narrow genre definitions: often the reason they end up indie in the first place, as traditional publishers seem to think readers are incapable of understanding crossover books unlike filmgoers or TV viewers who are used to seeing mixed up genres. Longmuir, an award-winning trad published author who is also an indie author, is equal to this task and establishes a body of, well, bodies, which the reader can safely seek out knowing they will be good quality ebooks, by authors to follow up.
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