CRIME Time Debate with Barry Forshaw, Paul Burke & Laura Wilson

CRIME Time Debate with Barry Forshaw, Paul Burke & Laura Wilson

Posted by Victoria, 16 Mar, 2021


Crime Time’s expert panel: Barry Forshaw, Paul Burke and Victoria Selman, picked their favourite crime fiction of 2020 and alerted a clued-up audience to what books they’re looking forward to in 2021…..

The Panel

Barry Forshaw is the crime fiction critic for the Financial Times. His books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir (plus Nordic, American, Euro and Historical Noir), British Gothic Cinema and British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating winner). He edits Crime Time.

Victoria Selman writes for the Independent and co-hosts the true-crime podcast Crime Girl Gang. She is the bestselling author of the Ziba MacKenzie criminal profiler series. The first novel in the series, Blood for Blood, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award and was an Amazon Charts #1 bestseller for five weeks. The latest Ziba MacKenzie novel, Snakes and Ladders, is out now.

Laura Wilson (her choices read out by Barry Forshaw) is the author of thirteen acclaimed psychological crime novels. Stratton’s War won the CWA Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Mystery, The Lover won the Prix du Polar Européen, and two of her books have been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Laura is also the Guardian’s crime fiction reviewer and co-programmer of the Killer Women festival.

Paul Burke writes the verdict column for NB Magazine, contributes to the Crime Time site ( and reviews fiction in translation for the European Literature Network.

To replay the panel:

My picks:

We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker

After Dark by Dominic Nolan

The Lies We Tell by Harriet Tyce

The Resident by David Jackson

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Little White Lies by Philippa East