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About Me:
I’m the crime fiction reviewer for the Morning Star newspaper, which you can find online at

I also write about short stories for Mystery Scene magazine, which has a website at

In the past, I’ve written about crime fiction for various other magazines and papers, and I’ve also written crime fiction.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I’m a book reviewer, so I’m not going to put a list of authors I like here! I will say that my two favourite ever crime writers are probably Margaret Millar and RD Wingfield.

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My new collection of crime short stories, YOU CAN JUMP & OTHER STORIES, will be out in paperback in February 2012 (available direct from and is now available as a multi-format e-book from…


Posted on January 19, 2012 at 10:23pm

Off-topic - but it does involve free books!


Amongst the many strange jobs I do, I am one of the researchers (or “Elves”) on the BBC TV panel game QI (

As you may know, every year we produce a QI Annual (, full of all the fascinating and comical stuff you find on the TV show, along with illustrations by many of Britain’s leading… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 7:28pm

ACTS OF DESTRUCTION - my new crime novel

'Acts of Destruction' is now available in paperback, and as an e-book. For details, please see

Here are the reviews so far ...

“funny, dark and charming” - Morning Star.

“splendid ... a fine story ...should be on everyone's summer reading list. Wicked sense of humour and tale that barrels along. We thoroughly enjoyed it.” - Eco-Logic Books

"Nothing I’ve read in ages has made me think more than… Continue

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

OPEN & CLOSED - in paperback at last!

Thanks to the brilliant “backinprint” programme run by the Authors Guild, my last “Don and Frank” crime novel, Open and Closed, is at last available as a trade paperback. You can order it through any real or online bookshop, or direct from the website:

Here are some of the reviews of the hardback edition:

“Will… Continue

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 8:41pm

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At 1:35am on December 12, 2008, Mat Coward said…
Thanks, Adrian. I'll look forward to your next book.
At 2:20am on December 10, 2008, Adrian Magson said…
Mat, can I just say thank you for the very kind review you did of my latest book, 'No Kiss for the Devil' in June 2008. I've only just become aware of it, which probably says a lot about my general state of awareness, or that the Google alert chose that month to go on holiday. Anyway, thank you for the mention, which was most kind.
At 8:40pm on September 10, 2008, Mat Coward said…
"Gibberish comments themselves," that should be - the computer ate a bit of my sentence, so perhaps that answers one of my questions ... Is that what happened to you, Helen Black?
At 8:38pm on September 10, 2008, Mat Coward said…
I admit I’m not the most online person you’re ever going to not meet, but even so ... I do find all this a bit weird. Why do people go to all the trouble of leaving a comment on your page, and then when you reply to it ... they don’t follow it up? Look at the comments below, and you’ll see what I mean.

And look at some of the gibberish themselves - are there some people who, perhaps for religious reasons, only type when they’re drunk?
At 8:48pm on February 1, 2008, Mat Coward said…
Hello, Dawn. Is there a Personal Message facility on this site? If not, leave a message for me over at the TTA Press message boards - - where PMs are available.
At 2:54am on January 31, 2008, Dawn Dowdle said…
I'm trying to contact you about your books.

At 11:13pm on January 18, 2008, Mat Coward said…
Hello, Helen ... who guys?
At 11:03pm on January 18, 2008, helen black said…
Are guys still at loggerjeads with SWP
HB x
At 1:25am on December 6, 2007, Mat Coward said…
I've no idea how to edit the "About" section of this page, so just for the record my new website is at
At 11:38pm on September 10, 2007, Mat Coward said…
Hello, mrbowski, and first of all thanks for reading all my books! That puts you in a very select group, probably consisting of you, me and my mum.

2017 is not easy to get hold of. I’ve only got one copy left myself, otherwise I’d send you one. The good news is it is still in print - I know that because I still get regular royalties on it - but it was published mainly for the schools market. As far as I know, the publishers don’t distribute it to normal, retail booksellers; instead, it is sold directly to schools.

Are you in the UK? If so, you might be able to get it through your local school library, or whoever’s in charge of book ordering at the school might be able to find a source for you. Other than that, wherever you are in the world, it could be worth trying to order it through Inter Library Loans. (At least, I hope ILL still exists: it’s a system through which any available book, in any library in any jurisdiction, can be loaned to any other library. It’s one of the things you can point to when asked to define the word “civilization.”)

Sorry not to be of more help. I’ll make a note, and if I ever get hold of a spare copy, I’ll tell you. If you do manage to track a copy down, please let me know.

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