#BookReview: #TenYearStretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest: Martin Edwards (ed) Press @CrimeFest @noexitpress @medwardsbooks


When I was asked if I wanted a sneak preview of Ten Year Stretch, I was intrigued, not only by the stunning range of contributors but also by the fact that one of the authors involved had also been our writer in residence late last year. How could I say no! Ten Year Stretch is the anthology celebrating ten years of Crimefest and will be launched at the festival this year! It is published on the 26th April 2018.

The official blurb:

Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories… High-quality entries from the likes of Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin, as well as from lesser-known authors such as Bill Beverly, elevate this above similar volumes.”–Publishers Weekly

The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specially commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by the Guardian as “one of the 50 best festivals in the world.” Contributors come from around the world and include the legendary Maj Sjwall who, together with partner Per Wahl, was the originator of Nordic noir. The editors are Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller. Martin Edwards is responsible for many award-winning anthologies and Adrian Muller is one of the co-founders of CrimeFest.

Contributors to Ten Year Stretch are:
Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zo’ Sharp, Yrsa Sigurardttir, Maj Sjwall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor.

My thoughts:

Twenty tantalising, terrifying tales wrapped up in a showstopper anthology is destined to take crime fiction lovers by the throat and leave them reeling! Ten Year Stretch is  jam-packed  full of  criminal deliciousness! With some top names in Crime Fiction it will prove impossible to resist! It would be impossible to review all the short stories  so I have chosen just a couple to focus on for this review but really if you love crime fiction then it would be a travesty to miss this little beauty!

My first pick was Donna Moore’sDaylight Robbery”: Sharp, straight to the point and filled with  barbed wit  this short story is jam-packed with character, setting and plot. Appearances and perceptions can really be deceptive can’t they as Polly discovers that looking after her husbands jail-bird father is turning out a little different than she expected!

In Caro Ramsay’s “The Snapperoody” sibling rivalry, a camera and the Famous Five make a trip to Millport one never to be forgotten!

Jeffery Deaver’s “Blind Date”  will leave you with a pounding heart and a racing pulse. Dating strangers might be off your list of things to do once you have read this!

I have never been to Crimefest and it is on my list of events to attend! Having read this then I am now desperate to attend! Ten Year Stretch is a feast of criminal delights wrapped up in a blanket of fear and pounding hearts. It will engage you, enthrall you and terrify you. Don’t miss it!

Ten Year Stretch is available to purchase from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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