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Friday, 2 December 2016

Crime Fiction

Did anyone see: 'Serial Killers - The Women Who Write Crime Fiction' on BBC TV?

Alan Yentob looked at the world of female crime fiction, interviewing some of its bestselling authors, including Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid and also Paula Hawkins, whose The Girl on the Train was the breakout hit of 2015. 

 It's not one of read yet, but plan to, before I see the film. 




While these writers have great lietrary influences in the form of Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell and PD James; new authors often have a wealth of experience of their own through newsroom crime desks, mortuaries, and forensic science /anthropology..

While some of us might be more sqeamish, these authors use the genre as a tool for greater understanding and control.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Life Changing Novels



Have you read the books? Can't wait to see the film.  
They're fabulous! Makes you think twice about walking past a Big Issue Seller. 

Fabulous, heartwarming, AMAZING true story. 


Monday, 3 October 2016

Gritty realism at its best

I've just discovered Nell Leyshon... Have you?

A friend introduced me to  The Colour of Milk,  
It is set in 1831 by fifteen-year-old Mary, who had been toiling on her father's farm with her three sisters. She is sent to care for the local vicar's invalid wife. As events unfold, it slowly becomes apparent why it is so important that she keep a record of what has happened. 



Now I'm reading Memoirs of a Dipper.







If you can't cope with harrowing, distressing realism, then these books are not for you. I must confess I have found this second read harder going. I had been feeling quite down lately and came to the conclusion that this novel has been affecting my mood dramatically. 

(Poor Ginger and all the young children in real life, who meet the same, all too common grizzly end.)

The stories are brilliantly told and I am a huge fan of Nell Leyshon as she writes so well with such a compelling individual voice, so I think this book will either have to be put aside, until I feel robust enough to finish it, or read during the day only, rather than evenings


A bookshop friend said to me: "I don't do harrowing..."  

Do you?

10th Oct 2016. I finished 'Memoirs of a Dipper'. It is an excellent book, well crafted and written. Despite the sad chapter with Ginger, I would highly recommend it.


 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Winner of Murder Mystery Author Interview Competition

Hi all, 
 My thanks again to Robin for a fantastic interview!

I for one am enjoying the list of new authors to savour.


Following my interview with Robin Stevens, I am pleased to announce that the winner,  who will receive a copy of Murder Most Unladylike  
is JESS  (DMS) CONGRATULATIONS!




Thanks to everyone who visited and commented.

I hope you are all enjoying catching up with some of the authors mentioned in the posts?

What MG or YA reads would you recommend we read?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Robin Stevens interview #2

Author Robin Stevens tells us more about her writing journey and her brilliant MG crime novels. You can find her first Interview post HERE




 "I just go and work in cafes"

Thanks to Alex J Cavanagh for this question put to Robin Stevens


Awesome, Robin , you've listed some new authors for me to explore. I've read one Jospephine Tey. I should read more.


COMPETITION: For a chance to win a copy of one of Robin Steven's MG Mystery Novels, make sure you're a follower of this blog and tell us in the comments below by the end of this month, which of her books you'd be most intrigued to read and why?  Goodluck 
Have you entered yet?
Perhaps you have already read one of Robin's mysteries or bought one for a child? 
Do let us know in the comments below. 

 

Monday, 18 January 2016

AUTHOR INTERVIEW ~ Robin Stevens #1 and PRIZE

Meet MG author, Robin Stevens who writes a series of crime books featuring her two school girl detectives: Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. 
In today's interview post she talks about her own childhood and her writing research.





In our next post, Robin tells us more about her literary heroines and hero's, as well as her writing/ publishing schedule.

COMPETITION: For a chance to win a copy of one of her novels, make sure you're a follower of this blog and tell us in the comments below by the end of January 2016, which of her books you'd be most intrigued to read and why? 
Goodluck. See you tomorrow. 

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  Perhaps you have already read one of Robin's mysteries, or know a child who would like them? Do let us know in the comments below.