Prolific romance author Alyssa Cole delivers a chilling thriller about gentrification

When No One is Watching is said to conversate with the likes of Get Out. A psychological thriller about gentrification, the comparison is at its strongest once readers understand they're being asphyxiated in the protagonist's psyche as forcefully as Black residents are being plucked out of Gifford Place. It is a familiar tale, if only so to its Black and brown readers, about what happens when both the spectators and the spectated are watching everything.

Addis Ababa Noir: A dark, gritty collection of short stories set in the shadow of the city

Boasting fourteen dark, gripping tales, Addis Ababa Noir, an Akashic Books anthology, comprises the work of some of Ethiopia’s most talented writers. These stories draw you to the side of a city that is filled with greed, power, death, and despair. Edited by Maaza Mengiste, this Akashic Books anthology which is being reissued by Cassava Republic Press this summer comprises the work of some of Ethiopia’s most talented writers.

“I am not a planner”: A conversation with Chibundu Onuzo

On a sweltering and slow Monday morning in mid-June, I had the privilege of chatting to the fresh-faced Chibundu Onuzo over Zoom a few days after the publication of her third novel, Sankofa (out last week with Virago). We talked about her relationship to writing as a profession, what it's like for a non-planner to fashion a novel out of a PhD, and how Sankofa relates to the cultural coordinates that orient it in modern-day Ghana.

A Past That Breathes: How a murder case against a Black man sparks interest in the unjust system

Breathing life into the genre, A Past That Breathes introduces crime fans to a gripping case involving accusations and a whirlwind of suspense. In the late 1990s, a young musician, Goldie is found murdered in her apartment in Los Angeles and her ex-boyfriend, Paul Jackson is arrested on suspicion of murder. Though it’s more factual than hugely suspenseful, the story is a nice starter read for new readers of legal and true crime.

Deadly Sacrifice brings us the first Black female police detective in UK fiction

A unique thriller that dives deep into the world of human trafficking and African ritual sacrifices, Deadly Sacrifice is based on the true 2001 news story in which a Black boy's torso was found in the Thames. Published as part of Jacaranda’s pioneering Twenty in 2020 series, Stella Oni’s debut novel joins a number of other groundbreaking titles in making real space for Black British stories.