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The Great Transworld Crime Caper!
by Lynsey on Jan 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Categories: Crime/Thrillers , Features , News

The Great Transworld Crime Caper!

One thing we really know how to do in Transworld Towers is crime, be it spooky Scandinavian, grizzly moorland or armchair killers we publish crime that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you go!

Thanks to the success of all who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge we have decided to repeat our crimes and launch The Great Transworld Crime Caper, an opportunity to go back to the beginning and revisit the scene of the original crimes that launched our most experienced villains.

We want you to be the judge, jury and executioner of the titles listed below.

We will have a two week registration period ending the 14th February, Valentine’s Day which will make us repent our sins and feel the love! Pick three books from the list below to read and review on a venue of your choice (Amazon, blog, etc) The challenge will finish on the 31st March whereby we will dust for fingerprints, weigh up our case and post up some of the best (or worst) reviews that we’ve had in.  

To take part just post a comment on this blog entry below and we’ll be in touch! Email us back your first review and we’ll send you your second book, etc, it really is that easy in the criminal underbelly of publishing. There is no cost, no catch, just the possibility that we may send you more free books in the future!

Post this header and the logo above (we’ll send it to you) linking back to Between the Lines to commence your challenge!
I’m an accessory in The Great Transworld Crime Caper!’

Chose three titles from the books below:

1. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
2. Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
3. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
4. Birdman by Mo Hayder
5. The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett
6. Past Caring by Robert Goddard
7. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
8. Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
9. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
10. If I Never See You Again by Niamh O’Connor
11. The Accident Man by Tom Cain
12. The Business of Dying Simon Kernick

Enjoy your stretch in the clink!
(EU Residents only)

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Giles Kristian’s Viking Adventure…
by Elizabeth on Jan 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Giles Kristian plus a band of actorly-inclined Viking enthusiasts and a professional film crew got together just outside York this weekend to shoot a short film based on the prologue of the tremendous new Raven novel, Odin’s Wolves.

Odin’s Wolves is due to be published in hardback by Bantam Press on 14th April 2011.

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To read more about Giles and his Viking adventures, click here

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by Elizabeth on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:18 am


When Waterstone’s Book Quarterly rang the Transworld offices to ask if Sean Black would interview Jeffery Deaver we said yes. When they asked if he would mind flying to Dubai to do it, we said YES! But when they asked if he would like to go to Dubai, stay in a 5* resort, be treated like a king and get to interview Jeffery Deaver we said no… we wanted to go instead! However, given that Sean Black is one of our fabulously talented crime and thriller writers, we thought he might make a better job of it than us so Sean packed his bags and flew off to the Dubai Literary Festival last weekend. Sean was treated to a true Bond experience with Michelin Star meals in the desert, meet-and-greets with famous faces and press launches left, right and centre… but no sharks or villains with hooks for hands… that we are aware of.

Jeffery Deaver is following in the footsteps of fellow author Sebastian Faulks, who wrote the critically acclaimed Devil May Care back in 2008, by being chosen to write the new James Bond book. Carte Blanche is due to be published in May this year by Hodder and Stoughton. For more information on Carte Blanche please click here

Sean Black is author of the gripping Ryan Lock trilogy, with the final instalment coming in August this year. Deadlock and Lockdown chronicle the missions of ex-soldier turned élite bodyguard Ryan Lock; to read more about Sean and his novels, please click here and here

Sean’s 4-page interview with Jeffery will appear in the April edition of WBQ.

Deadlock is available to buy in paperback on 12th May 2011

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Win an exclusive signed copy of The Blasphemer
by Kate on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

This week The Blasphemer is the featured read for the Richard and Judy book club. There’s tonnes of information up on their website and watch this space for their in depth interview with Nigel Farndale about the book.

The Blasphemer is a story about conditional love, cowardice and the possibility of redemption — and what happens to a man of science when forced to question his certainties. It is a novel of rare depth, empathy and ambition that sweeps from the trenches of the First World War to the terrorist-besieged streets of London today: a novel that will speak to the head as well as the heart of any reader.

A great achievement…To take on the First World War as so very many have done and make it fresh is remarkable.
- Melvyn Bragg

We have 4 exclusive editions signed by Nigel Farndale to win!

To enter let us know what you are looking forward to in 2011 by adding a comment to this post. We’ll pick the 4 lucky winners on Tuesday 1st February.

Good luck!


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Nigel Farndale selected for Richard & Judy book club
by Elizabeth on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Categories: Author News , News

The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale has been selected for the Spring Richard & Judy promotion at WH Smith along with Trespass by Rose Tremain (CCV – The Random House Group).

The promotion – which features eight books in total – launches across WH Smith and WH Smith Travel stores on the 6th January. Each fortnight one of the books will be heavily promoted in store and online at

WH Smith also revealed that a children’s book club will be launched at the beginning of February.

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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms to her novels. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

As her brilliant new novel The Killing Place is out today in paperback we thought we’d find out from Tess what frightens her through our list of top 5 Crime and Thriller moments:

1. Her biggest fear is of anything happening to her children which is why she doesn’t involve children in her novels
2. The scariest single moment to that Tess has to date was nearly being hit by a car in Cairo, at night, in pitch black darkness
3. What Tess considers to be one of the most chilling moments in her books – In The Surgeon, as the character Catherine gets into her car, she picks up the carphone to make an urgent call and finds that she was not the last person to make a call from that phone. All of this time the killer is sat in the back of the car…
4. Favourite Crime/Thriller author – Jeffrey Deaver
5. The creepiest place Tess has visited so far – the Catacombs of Paris

For more about Tess Gerritsen and her titles visit


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Crime & Publishing

Today we publish Belinda Bauer’s second novel, Darkside - the follow up to the Gold Dagger winning novel, Blacklands, published last year. But on Christmas Eve a different celebration was in order: Belinda’s birthday, and with the help of a lovely group of book bloggers we were going to give her a gift she’d never forget.

The idea was to send one proof copy of Darkside to 13 different book bloggers and have them each write a birthday message inside it and take a photo of the book,  before sending it off to the next blogger, creating a lovely (and inevitably dog-eared!) chain letter of sorts. Unfortunately, Fate was cruel and sent snow and ice to scupper our plans, and we only managed to get it to 6 bloggers in the end.

In order to keep the whole scheme a secret, we communicated to each details via Twitter using the #CrimeyWhispers hashtag. Inevitably, the messages became so cryptic that we even started confusing each other… (eg: “The dog jumped over the fence and arrived at the chicken she.” Whatever that means…).

A special thank you must go out to Thomas at Crime & Publishing, Amanda at Floor to Ceiling Books, Liz from My Favourite Books, Mel from High Heel & Book Deals, Keith from Books & Writers and Rhian from It’s a Crime! who managed to get the book around successfully, and whose photos appear below (my favourite has to be Thomas’ at the top of this post).

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Books & Writers

My Favourite Books

High Heels & Book Deals

 Belinda absolutely loved the book, so thanks so much for all taking part! Here’s to a DARK 2011…

 Buy DARKSIDE now!

(Thanks must also go to Milo’s Rambles, Juniper’s Jungle, Our Book Reviews, Ric’s Reviews, Catherine Caffeinated and Sarah’s Book Reviews – if only the weather was kinder…)

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by Elizabeth on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Categories: News

Leslie Kenton’s The Cura Romana Weightloss Plan is published today,

which is just in time to tackle all of that extra Christmas weight!


Award –winning writer Leslie Kenton is renowned for her expertise in all matters relating to health and wellbeing. Now, with The Cura Romana Weightloss Plan, she shares the secrets of this revolutionary diet and guides you through its fast, effective three-step programme.

The Cura Romana Weightloss Plan will lead you to discover the authentic you as you transform not only the way you look and feel, but the way you live your life now and long into the future.

Leslie is in London for the next few weeks and is available for interview.

For more information on the book, the author or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Patsy Irwin, Publicity Director of Transworld Publishers

on 020 8231 6650 or

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