Marcel Berlins – The Times – A Tribute
By Sophie Ransom, Deputy Director of Books
We were very sorry to hear the news that Marcel Berlins, the brilliant crime reviewer for The Times who sadly passed away recently. Marcel was a huge supporter both of Midas and of all the many different crime writers who have passed through our doors. He came to virtually every crime journalist lunch we held despite saying almost every time ‘I don’t usually come to crime journalist lunches, but I thought I’d make an exception this time’.
He was funny, supportive and incisive and reviewed many of our crime and thriller authors brilliantly. He took a chance on virtually every crime novel we sent him – whether already well-known, a rising star, or entirely unknown, he took a look at Peter May and Peter James, David Hewson, Simon Beckett’s The Scent of Death (the sixth in his phenomenal David Hunter series) Skyjack the second in KJ Howe’s brilliant Thea Paris series and lastly Catherine O’Connell, a wonderful US debut crime writer who helped to launch the Black Thorn imprint for Canongate in May this year with The Last Night Out. He was as comfortable reviewing standalones, good stories within a series and debuts – and he always delivered a beautifully worded review.
We owe Marcel a lot for his support of us here at Midas PR and the crime and thriller writers we have been lucky enough to work with. With the support of The Times he helped us put a lot of crime writers on the literary map and for that we shall always thank him.
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