Five Leaves launches new Crime Express imprint

Five Leaves Publications, a small independent press in Nottingham, is launching a new imprint, Crime Express, publishing short novellas by well-known crime writers.

The first three books — launched in early October — are by John Harvey, Stephen Booth and Rod Duncan. John Harvey and Stephen Booth are two of Britain’s best selling crime writers, while Rod Duncan’s trilogy of Leicester inner-city crime stories has build a growing reputation. John Harvey won the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger earlier this year.

All the books are published in a uniform series format and retail at £4.99. Each is between 80 and 96 pages.

The Stephen Booth book features a new story by his main characters, D.C. Ben Cooper and D.S. Diane Fry; John Harvey engineers a meeting of two of his main characters, Charlie Resnick and Jack Kiley while Rod Duncan explores the world of stage psychics. The books are set, respectively, in the Dark Peak, Nottingham and Leicester and are all by regional writers.

Five Leaves plan to publish three volumes a year in the series, with Nottingham’s Nicola Monaghan (winner of the Betty Trask award for her first novel, The Killing Jar) and Claire Littleford included in the next batch. In 2009 the series expands to include non-fiction, the first being on the films of Raymond Chandler novels.

Crime Express’ first books will be available from 1st October.

To interview the authors or find out more, contact Five Leaves on:

T: 0115 9693597,

Five Leaves is a Nottingham publisher with many regional writers on its list. Crime Express is a new initiative, though Five Leaves also published “City of Crime” a book by Nottinghamshire crime writers. Five Leaves has a backlist of around 100 titles. It is supported by the Arts Council.

Source of message: EMIT Writers News (September).


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