Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

June 3, 2007 at 11:29 am (Mystery fiction, The British police procedural)


Whenever I receive the latest issue of Deadly Pleasures, I always put off reading for as long as I can. This is because I know that Deadly Pleasures will actually be a great pleasure to peruse. But I had no idea just how great until I finally tore the wrapping off the Spring issue yesterday and beheld to my unutterable delight these lovely words: “British Police Detective Fiction.” Not only that, but smiling at me from the cover was Peter Lovesey, one of my favorite authors. Lovesey produces some of the most consistently absorbing and well written novels in this subgenre.

Editor George Easter then goes on to praise, among others, Reginald Hill. I can’t say enough about Hill’s sheer brilliance. He is not “merely” a genre novelist; he is a great novelist, period. The Dalziel/Pascoe series is, in my opinion, right up there with P.D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh novels. At the summit of the British police procedural mountain, in other words.


There’s much more along the same lines – and on crime fiction in general – in this issue of the magazine. Suffice it to say that Yours Truly is in hog heaven!

Here’s the link you need to subscribe to Deadly Pleasures:

Now – while you’re awaiting the arrival of your first issue, take a look at their site:


Click on “Year’s Best Mysteries.” This is one of the first places I go to when I’m in need of recommendations.

1 Comment

  1. Walk on the Wild Side « Books to the Ceiling said,

    […] moderator in this instance was George Easter. Easter publishes the criminally enjoyable magazine Deadly Pleasures. If ever I m at a loss as to what crime fiction to read next, I consult that magazine’s […]

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