Crime Fighting Duos with Faye Kellerman’s Murder 101

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LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife and crime-solving partner Rina Lazarus are back in Faye Kellerman’s newest thriller, Murder 101! The couple moved from the chaos of their earlier life by moving to a quiet town in upstate New York, but being semi-retired lacks the excitement of crime solving in L.A. So when two beautiful stained glass windows are stolen from The Bergman crypt, Decker and Lazarus are back on the case!

With the release of Murder 101 today, it’s a good time to take a look at some of our favourite literary crime duos!

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Holmes & Watson

The brilliant and eccentric consulting detective and his flatmate, assistant and friend’s placement on any list of crime duos is simply, well…elementary. The well-loved pair continue to live on today through new novels, TV and movies thanks to the incredibly great public outcry when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempted to kill off Holmes that eventually convinced him to bring the iconic detective back from the dead—much to the joy of his audience and dear Watson.

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Alex Cross & John Sampson

Alex and John have been friends since childhood; who better to have at your side while fighting crime in Washington, D.C.? The pair’s younger years were full of troubles and morally questionable behaviour, and even today they’re not always the most law abiding detectives (revenge is a tricky business after all). But together they do everything they can to protect their community and each other, even at risk of their own lives.

Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist

A tattooed, pierced computer hacker and a middle aged, disgraced investigative journalist hardly seem like the perfect crime solving team, but the two make almost easy work of solving some of the most brutal murders in Sweden in the Millennium trilogy.  Despite their unlikely and often rocky relationship, the nearly fearless pair regularly put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of the truth and each other’s safety.

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Buy your very own copy of the new Peter Decker and Rina Lazurus novel, Murder 101 here

Written by Lauren Nettles @LaurenRNettles

Chess in a crime novel: more than just a game

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Daniel Blake’s chilling new thriller, White Death, is set in the world of pro chess. To celebrate publication, Daniel has been kind enough to write a piece especially for us, explaining the three vital qualities chess brings to the crime novel…

Chess metaphors abound in crime fiction. A master criminal uses people as pawns. An impasse is stalemate, a victory checkmate. A detective will try a gambit. The denouement is an endgame. But chess itself is much more rarely used by crime novelists, and it’s not hard to see why. Put bluntly, the game has a massive image problem. Where backgammon enjoys the patina of upmarket gentlemen’s clubs and poker the grungy cool of smoke-filled rooms and vast jackpots, chess is seen as the province of nerds with BO and hair greasy enough to fry chips in.

 

Since I play chess, apply regular deodorant and have precious little hair left (greasy or otherwise) this portrait of the chess player as über-spod has always irked me a little. I set White Death against the background of pro chess because the game brings three vital qualities to the crime novel: intelligence, intimidation and insanity.

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