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  • British,  Crime fiction

    This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

    British author Eva Dolan has been on the radar for readers of high-quality and socially conscious crime fiction for some years now. Her Zigic and Ferreira series became known for targeting bones of contention in contemporary society, such as racism, human trafficking, and disability. In the past year, she has been working on a stand-alone novel, This is How it Ends (out Raven Press, 25th January 2018), and I was lucky to have one of the early review copies sent to me. The premise of This is How it Ends is really good: Young Ella Riordan has joined the protest groups in London trying to fight gentrification and the expulsion…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Eva Dolan

    The First She Writes post is here! After months of planning, I could not be happier to be staring this new feature series with you all, especially taking into account the author that has kindly agreed to inauguarate the series: Eva Dolan. I have been a fan of Eva Dolan for some years now. She is is British crime writer, and according to her Goodreads author page an intermittently successful poker player. She is based in Essex where she combines her passion for writing with her job as a copywriter. Even though not much is known about her personal life, she was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for an unpublished…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    After You Die by Eva Dolan (Zigic and Ferreira #3)

    I started reading Eva Dolan’s Zigic and Ferreira series last September, when I was sent a review copy of the second instalment in the series, Tell No Tales, now shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Shortly afterwards I was also sent a review copy of After You Die – book #3 –, but I decided to give it some time before returning to Zigic and Ferreira. After You Die picks up seven months after Tell No Tales leaves Mel Ferreira injured by an explosion. After surgery, physiotherapy, and too much time at her parents’ house, she is ready to back to work. Meanwhile, Zigic…

  • Book Releases,  Random

    7 Crime Fiction Books You Cannot Miss in 2018

    Bookish people can’t help it. As 2017 is coming to an end all we can think about is all the new books that we are going to read in 2018. And it doesn’t get better. I have always been an impulsive reader and I only managed to schedule my readings during my English Literature degree because I loved lessons and I was obsessed with the professors spoiling the books for me. In my 6 years here, this is the first time not only that I am excited for books up to ten months prior to their publishing, but that I have a list of books, I know their release dates…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Tell No Tales by Eva Dolan (Zigic and Ferreira #2)

    I was offered a review copy of Eva Dolan’s second novel in the Zigic and Ferreira, Tell No Tales, series a long time ago, actually, last year. I had never heard either of the series or of Dolan, so I thought I would rather wait to learn more about the series before reading the book. It was a huge mistake. ‘Zigic and Ferreira’ stands for DI Zigic and DS Ferreira from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit, and in Tale No Tales they face the mysterious hit-and-run of a young, Eastern-European. It sounds like a no-brainer since the victim’s sister, and actually a few other witnesses, survived the attack. However, the…

  • Reading Projects and Read-Alongs

    10 Books of Summer Re-Cap

    Now that summer is mostly officially over it is time to check how many of the 10 books I listed for my 10 Books of Summer Project I read (spoiler alert: not many!). You can check my original list here. And the answer is 4. This is why I don’t usually join challenges: even though I love the idea of reading from a list, when it’s time to pick up my next book I usually go by intuition. I feel the need to read this or that and no other book will do. However, I have to admit that sticking  to Cathy’s project made me read books and authors I…

  • Personal Updates

    Quick Personal Update: Summer is Here!

    For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to post a review per week and visit your blogs as frequently as I could. But it somehow felt cold and distant, because I usually share more than just reviews here. This week I also have a book to review, don’t worry,  but it’s June already and I have realised I had not posted a Personal Update since February. Isn’t it about time? The first thing I want to tell you is that I finished watching the first episode of Marcella last night and I am in love. I had heard wonderful things about both the TV show as a…

  • Personal Updates

    October Book Haul

    Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought any books – far from it! So, here are the recent additions to my already overpopulated shelves: Borrowed from the library: Shirley Jackson by the Library of America (LOA).I had planned on reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle for Halloween, but I didn’t. Because I don’t like reading plans except for my PhD (for which I cannot function but by setting weekly deadlines). However, I finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith last night and I’ve been listening to a Literary Disco podcast on Jackson, as recommended by Shannon, and…

  • Reading Projects and Read-Alongs

    20 Books of Summer Challenge: My Reading List

    I don’t usually join challenges. I usually have to schedule my life in order to get all the work I need to get done, so I like to give myself a free pass when it comes to leisure reading. But, Cathy Brown has invited me to join her 20 Books of Summer Challenge and I couldn’t say no. The real reason why I am joining is to return to the blogging community – as I have been a bit off of lately – and try to be more active over here. Because Cathy is a very wise blogger, she offers three modalities to join the challenge: 20, 15 or 10…

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