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  • Essays,  Random

    More for the University of Birmingham: Beyond the Best-Selling Label. Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta

    I mentioned last week I have written some articles for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on Popular Culture and the second one is already out! This time I talk about one of my favourite writers, Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. More here  https://blog.bham.ac.uk/poplit/beyond-the-best-selling-label-patricia-cornwell-and-kay-scarpetta-by-elena-avanzas-alvarez/ Advertisements

  • Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Forensic,  Random

    November Recommendations: Crime Fiction and Medicine

    Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. This month’s recommendations are extra special to me because even though literature is clearly my first love, medicine follows very closely. My mum is a nurse, and some of my closest relatives are doctors so it was just a matter of time that showed an interest in the field. As you can imagine, medicine and crime fiction combine perfectly, especially after the CSI effect in the…

  • Random

    7 Crime Fiction Books for Halloween

    Halloween is just around the corner, as I am a big, big fan of seasonal readings I thought I would share some of the books perfect for the scariest night of the year! Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier A classic that never disappoints, Manderley will haunt you for years – and I am willing to say even decades – after you first encountered it. Some people swear by Hitchcock’s film adaptation from 1940, but I believe nothing beats the original. A young woman moves in with her new husband only to discover that the story he told her about his previous wife is not that accurate. Perfect for: Domestic Noir fans.…

  • 21st Century,  Essays,  Medical Humanities

    Why Patricia Cornwell is One of the Best Crime Fiction Writers (And Why You Should Be Reading Her Works)

    ‘Hi! My name is Elena and I’m writing a Humanities doctoral thesis. On Contemporary Literature. On crime fiction. On Patricia Cornwell’s books’. That is how much it takes me these days to get a look of embarrassment from many people, although luckily not my beloved ones. Not only am I pursuing a PhD in Humanities, which apparently is not nearly as important as my expected Medicine career (on which acquaintances gave up a long time ago), but I am also studying bad literature. Airport literature. Beach readings. Pop-corn crime fiction. Best-sellers. You name it. I have chosen the wrong path. Or so they say. Because, how can you build your…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell

    After the heart-breaking disappointment of From Potter’s Field (Kay Scarpetta #6) by Patricia Cornwell, I thought I had finally reached that stage in the series when the pop-corn quality of the stories turned unbearable, and unreadable. However, Mr.B&R had given me the two next titles on the series, and I decided to give Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta #7) a try after a disastrous start of the year that left me needing some autopsies, and some pop-corn reading. Buy at Book Depository Cause of Death takes Doctor Kay Scarpetta to the Southern, Virginia setting where we first met her. I was really glad to see her back to a place…

  • Crime fiction,  Forensic

    From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell

    If you have following this blog in the last year, you surely know that every time I feel overwhelmed by work, I take solace in novel from the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. Seeing overworked and stressed Scarpetta navigate her professional and personal lives while surviving on coffee and sandwiches makes me feel I am not alone. So, this October I turned to the series for some comfort, and it was not the experience I expected. Buy at BookDepository From Goodreads: In From Potter’s Field, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell enters the chilling world of Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta—and a bold, brilliant killer…

  • Gift Ideas,  Random

    A Very Criminal Christmas! A Crime Fiction Gift Guide

    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…

  • 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…

  • 21st Century,  Crime fiction

    The Body Farm (Scarpetta #5) by Patricia Cornwell

    The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell is the fifth on the Kay Scarpetta series, a series that I love and that help me to unplug, relax and always inspire me. I once read about things that always happen in crime fiction and one is that detectives/doctors do not get that much sleep. And when life resembles fiction, I like to find solace in Scarpetta’s tight schedule. Also, the series have a special meaning for me since it was Mr. B&R who first bought me one Cornwell’s books and ever since he has been in charge of buying me all the books in the series! From Goodreads: When an eleven-year-old girl is…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    January Reading and Hoping for a Better February

    2015 has not been the best of years so far. Not in a it’s-cold-and-I-feel-grumpy way, but more like everything seemed to go wrong for a few weeks in a row, which pretty much led me to quit reading for at least 10 days. It was nothing serious, we are all fine at home, and for that I’m grateful every night. Also, things have gotten better during last week, I’m now planning lots of updates and posts, and I’m back to reading. Actually, I’m finding it really hard to put a book down and sit down to write and do research! For what I’ve read in other blogs, January has not…

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