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Radio Highlights in February 2016 – dramatisations of Rebus: A Question Of Blood by Ian Rankin and Charles Paris: A Decent Interval by Simon Brett.

I just want to signpost 2 radio highlights for crime fiction fans on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.

On Saturday 13th February at 14:30, a 2-part (2 x 60 minutes) adaptation of A Question Of Blood by Ian Rankin starts – “When a known criminal dies in a house fire the forensic evidence suggests he was murdered before the fire started. Rebus – the last person to see the victim alive – becomes the main suspect. Meanwhile, a fatal shooting at a private school near Edinburgh unexpectedly leads Rebus to an army helicopter crash on Jura in a case involving diamonds and drug smuggling.”

More information is at Rebus – A Question Of Blood

On Friday 19th February at 11:30am, a 4-part (4 x 30 minutes) adaptation of A Decent Interval by Simon Brett starts – “Charles, bit-part actor and amateur sleuth, returns to the stage as the ghost in Hamlet, but rehearsals are fraught as both Ophelia and Hamlet are being played by reality TV stars and soon it’s not only Shakespeare’s lines that are being murdered. As the body count rises, so do Charles’ suspicions. Whilst at home, meanwhile, Frances fears she may have come to the end of allowing her semi-detached husband to remain as her lodger.”

More information is at A Charles Paris Mystery: A Decent Interval

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2 Crime Fiction Short Story Seasons on BBC Radio 4 & BBC Radio 4 Extra


The pick of Oxfam’s most recent short story collection (available until mid-March 2015 for all episodes in the UK).

Stories by Ann Cleves, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Maxim Jaubowski & Stella Duffy.


Hibernian Homicide

Three new stories of mystery and intrigue from some of Northern Ireland’s very best crime writers: Colin Bateman, Claire McGowan and Stuart Neville. (all episodes in the UK available until then of February 2015)

Colin Bateman explores how a woman’s chance encounter in a supermarket reawakens her painful past and stirs an overwhelming desire for vengeance, while Claire McGowan bring us the story of an archaeological dig which becomes a crime scene upon the discovery of a young woman’s body, and Stuart Neville tells of a minister who is asked to commit an unspeakable crime for one of his parishioners. But why? And will he do it?