Almost a month has gone by since my last posts and Christmas is almost here! As a bookworm, I can’t imagine Christmas without books. Remember that Christmas scene at the beginning of Little Women? It makes me happy and tearing and inspires me to ask and expect more and be thankful for all the books that I have available either as review copies, gifted by a beloved one, or more importantly, for free at the public library. So, in the spirit of Christmas I thought, why not gift crime fiction to your beloved ones – or even yourself! Here are my picks. They have all been published recently so you should have no problem locating any of them online or at your local bookshop:
For the Purist…
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The complete works featuring history’s most beloved and well-known detective come edited by Leslie S. Klinger in three volumes. The notes contain historical references, and any kind of information related to the story (why Conan Doyle chose a type of character, if that character is based on someone he knew on real life, etc). The bad news? A gift only meant for the most beloved person in your life, as the whole collection is on the expensive side.
For the Fashion Lover…
Luckiest Girl Alive features New York’s fashion editorial world with a rages-to-riches story, and a very criminal secret. Jessica Knoll’s novel has become a bestseller since its release last year and Reese Witherspoon is set to produce the movie adaptation. Get ahead next year’s fashion and be the one who gifts it to the fashion lover in your life before everyone starts talking about the movie.
For the Young Adult Reader…
Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours takes place in a future where women are deprived of their identities and they are reduces to their bodies and their beauty. Clearly inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, this YA novel will make readers think about the price of being a woman in contemporary society.
For the Forensic Science Freak
Postmortem is the first installment in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. Originally published in 1990, it is the first forensic thriller to become a bestseller and it is usually considered the founding stone of the crime fiction subgenre that will inspire CSI a decade later.
For the British Crime Fiction Fan
Sarah Ward’s debut novel In Bitter Chill became one of the most praised crime fiction releases of 2015. Mixing the thrill of police procedural with the coziness of Kate Morton’s mysteries, this novel is the perfect choice to curl up in bed with a cuppa and a big blanket.
For the Short Story Reader
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives is a collection of short stories originally published in the mid-20th century and edited by Sarah Weinman. All the stories belong to what is now known as ‘Domestic Noir’, and they turn domestic tasks and spaces into dark places. A must-read.
For the Hype Reader
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was originally published in 2014, and it is set to be released as an HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as three upper-middleclass Australian housewives and mothers whose little lies are not as little as they think.
For the Series Reader
Harry Potter’s own J.K Rowling has published three crime novels under the pseudonym ‘Robert Galbraith’. They feature ex-army Cormoran Strike and sidekick Robin Ellacott as London’s most interesting pair of private investigator. The series have a perfect pace and will appeal to mass audiences. The perfect choice for that relative who you think enjoys reading. Note: Better read in order
For the Dark Series Reader
As a fan of detective series myself, I know there is a big difference between comfort reading and those series that hit close to home and make you feel uneasy. Sarah Hilary’s Marnie Rome series are dark, with a complex, young and inspiring female character. Hilary also features an openly gay sidekick, and she introduces social issues and criticism. As with Galbraith’s, these novels are better read in chronological order.
For the Diversity Reader
Crime fiction is usually white and middle-class in its setting and characters, but the reality is far from this. Eva Dolan’s Zigic and Ferrera series is set in England it features two main characters with very close links to immigration working for a Hate Crime Unit. She also deals with disability and transgender issues. Although best read in order, I still haven’t read book #1 and had no problem starting on #2, Tell No Tales.
Happy gifting! x