Capital Crime Book Club - Unboxing the First Box!


*Disclosure: I received the Capital Crime Book Club Box free of charge in return for this review.*

Like many crime fiction lovers I was disappointed although not surprised that the organisers of Capital Crime made the sad decision to cancel this year's festival. They are not resting on their laurels, however and have recently launched the very exciting Capital Crime Book Club. 

I was thrilled when I was invited to receive the very first Capital Crime Book Club Box to review but before I reveal the contents, here's what to expect;

Capital Crime is pleased to announce the launch of the Capital Crime Book Club. The Capital Crime Book Club is an affordable monthly subscription service that will be a year-round, inclusive, home for readers, and a regular link between authors and fans. 

Each month, subscribers will receive two carefully curated paperbacks along with exclusive access to great author content and community activities. The Capital Crime Book Club offers a way for authors and publishers to connect with readers, maintaining the ethos at the heart of the Capital Crime festival. 

The Capital Crime Book Club will provide readers with great value for money, and a greater sense of community. 

Capital Crime co-founder Adam Hamdy, says “Capital Crime is an inclusive festival with a strong sense of community. It is in this spirit that we’re launching the Capital Crime Book Club, a home for all fans of crime fiction. With a monthly subscription fee in the region of £10 for two paperbacks and access to exclusive community content, we’re intent on offering a great value service that’s accessible to everyone.” 

Capital Crime co-founder and Goldsboro Books Managing Director, David Headley, says “Capital Crime has always been about connecting fans of crime fiction with their favourite writers. We see this as another string to our bow complementing our physical festival and platform. We’re supporting authors and publishers and helping them connect with readers in celebration of this much-loved genre.” 

So what did I get?

Well, firstly this isn't an unboxing as such because in my excitement, I opened the box before I remembered to take a photo! A sticker bearing familiar Capital Crime logo let me know my books had arrived although I had already received an email a few days beforehand letting me know that the box was on its way, along with more information about September's Capital Crime Book Club.

I certainly feel very spoilt by this month's contents! Although the usual subscription gives the reader two paperbacks a month, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful signed hardback copy of Richard Osman's debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club. The box also contained a paperback copy of The House Guest by Mark Edwards along with a signed postcard and a fabulous limited edition The House Guest pen, which can also be used as a touchscreen stylus and a nifty little torch.

Just the two books alone are excellent value for money, whether you opt for the longest subscription package which costs just £10 per month or if you pay a little extra for a shorter trial period, but the extra access to exclusive author content, competitions and prize giveaways plus membership of a community that's passionate about crime fiction means the Capital Crime Book Club will be an essential subscription for readers of crime fiction.

Many thanks to Capital Crime and Midas PR for the opportunity to experience the Capital Crime Book Club, I was really impressed with my box and definitely recommend it.
More details about subscriptions and how to sign up can be found here.