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Gift Ideas 2012: Crime Novels

Today, the Books and Reviews Gift Ideas 2012 will focus on crime novels of which I am a huge fan. They are not for everyone and even into crime fiction you can find a wide range of characters, procedures and possibilities. I will try to describe them as accurately as possible without any spoilers.

1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

  • Based on real-life events (so, we could call it a historical crime novel).
  • Psychological, many describe it as “slow” because there is not much action, more like a character study.
  • For whom: psychological thrillers’ fans.
  • Review here.

2. The Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson

3. A Question of Identity by Susan Hill (Simon Serrailler #7)

  • Lively rhythm.
  • Some social criticism but not much compared to Atkinson.
  • For whom: Those who don’t like slow/psychological novels.
  • Review here.

4. Death comes to Pemberley by P.D James

  • Crime novel involving and based on Pride and Prejudice.
  • Quick, very engaging and easy to read.
  • For whom: NOT for Austen die-hard fans. James revisits the characters from a modern point of view.
  • Review here.

5. The Coroner by M.R Hall (Jenny Cooper #1)

  • Involves legal procedures although very well explained and easy to understand.
  • It has the most flawed, most likable middle-age female character I’ve ever read. Inspiring.
  • For whom: Those who enjoy complex and flawed female main characters.
  • Review here.

Which crime novels would you recommend? Please leave them on the comments section for other readers!



  • kissacloud

    Hi Elena, thanks for visiting my blog. I agree Alias Grace is a sort of character study, which is actually wonderfully done by Atwood. My favourite one like it is True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, have you read it? Ned Kelly’s voice is one of the most sympathetic I’ve ever read.

    • Elena

      I haven’t heard of the book or the author which I find embarrassing. I’ll check them tomorrow as soon as I have some free time. Thanks for the recommendation!

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