About Crime Beat
Crime Beat has gone through a number of phases since I started the blog with Barbara Erasmus in August 2007. For a while it was extremely productive, then it wasn’t. For a while Chanette Paul helped by posting Afrikaans features but then pressure of work pulled her away. All of that led to a Sunshine Award in 2010 (conferred by the energetic Janet Rudolph of Mystery Fanfare). It’s a mark of recognition made by international bloggers dedicated to crime fiction.
And now, again, Crime Beat has gone into a less active phase. The archive information is being maintained but blog posts will only happen as and when.
If you’re visiting for the first time, here’s a guided tour of our stash: On the ‘Shelf’ page you’ll find news of the latest releases and a backlist of the crime novels that’ve appeared since 2008. In the right hand panel is a menu listing the latest posts and below that links to authors’ websites and to other good crime fiction blogs.
On the Blog page is the occasional hot stuff. Over the years Crime Beat has interviewed every local crime fiction author and these interviews can be tracked down by inserting Author Interviews in the search panel.
If you click on the ‘Pages’ button you’ll find a short history of SA crime writing and a Who’s Who of SA crime and thriller writers including biogs, titles and their crimefighters.
Crime Beat editor:
Mike Nicol is a full-time writer, born in Cape Town but with a soft spot for Johannesburg. He has written a handful of non-fiction titles, some poetry (although admittedly that was a long time ago) and a number of novels, most recently Power Play, Of Cops & Robbers and the Revenge Trilogy (Payback, Killer Country, and Black Heart). Before that he wrote (with Joanne Hichens) the private investigator krimi, Out to Score.
Past editors: Barbara Erasmus, Chanette Paul, Liz Fletcher
Past columnists: Joanne Hichens and Jassy Mackenzie