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  • British,  Crime fiction

    Read Come and Find Me (Marnie Rome #5) by Sarah Hilary for Free at The Pigeonhole!

    As many of you know I LOVE the Marnie Rome series by Sarah Hilary. I have been reading the series for years now, I have even met Sarah and fangirled about how much I love Marnie. The series is thrilling, show a perfect combination of procedural and a traumatic personal story from a complex and inspiring main character. More importantly, the novels have been pioneers in the #readdiverse movement in crime fiction as they feature Noah Jake, a descendant of Jamaican immigrants and the first black and openly homosexual detectives in contemporary British crime fiction. Seriously, I can’t recommend the Marnie Rome novels enough. Now you can too read Come…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Quieter than Killing (Marnie Rome #4) by Sarah Hilary

    Sarah Hilary is back with another instalment in the acclaimed Marnie Rome series. If you have followed this blog for some time, you will know that I am a great fan of the series, but also of Sarah, who I met at CrimeFest15 and who is always open to discuss feminism, and women’s crime fiction with me. No wonder she is an active member of Killer Women, a wonderful organisation that aims to bring together women in crime fiction. Now that I live in England, I was lucky to borrow her latest book from the Public Library (more on my love for British public libraries soon). Quieter than Killing take…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Tastes Like Fear (Marnie Rome #3) by Sarah Hilary

    Last January I was one of the lucky bloggers to get a super early review copy of Tastes Like Fear, the third installment in the Marnie Rome series by Sarah Hilary. If you have not heard about the series, Marnie Rome or Sarah Hilary, I highly recommend you skip this review and check my review of Someone Else’s Skin (# 1) here or an interview with Sarah Hilary in which she discusses crime fiction, and the Marnie Rome series here, or check our talk about feminism and women writers here. If you have continued reading I can then start my enthusiastic review of Tastes Like Fear. Like No Other Darkness,…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    No Other Darkness (Marnie Rome #2) by Sarah Hilary

    No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary is the second installment in the very successful Marnie Rome series. If you have not heard about Sarah Hilary or Marnie Rome yet, and you are looking for a great crime fiction series, skip this review and go back to Someone Else’s Skin, read our exclusive interview with Sarah herself, or our article on her now famous main character, feminism and women in crime fiction. No Other Darkness starts soon after Someone Else’s Skin‘s ending. DI Marnie Rome, now safe back home, and recovering from her own personal ordeal, is called along DS Noah Jake to a peculiar crime scene: a bunker under one…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Sarah Hilary

    Continuing with Bristish crime writers, for today’s post I have had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Hilary. Sarah is the author of the Marnie Rome series, a favourite of mine, but she is also a good friend as we have met a few times over the past three years. It is always a pleasure to talk to her about women and crime fiction. Born in Chesire, Sarah Hilary has always been a fan of books. During her lifetime, she has pursued a first Class Honours Degree in the History of Ideas, as well as worked as a bookseller, and for the Royal Navy. Her writing career took off in 2008…

  • 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…

  • Essays,  Random

    Change Starts One Book at a Time: A Love Letter to the British Public Libraries

    The first thing that I did when I finally settled down in the UK was joining a public library. As I was only in the country for a few months, I didn’t bring any books with me, and I thought: What kind of life can one live without books? Not one worth living for me. So, I walked into the public library, asked a very lovely young woman – who would later become my friend – if I could join, and she gladly gave me my card. It must be said here that I didn’t get a regular card though. As I was a visitor, I could only borrow 3…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Someone Else’s Skin (Marnie Rome #1) by Sarah Hilary

    I read about Someone Else’s Skin, Sarah Hilary’s debut novel, on Twitter and pestered publicist Sam Eades to please, please, please send me a review copy. She did and I was so eager to get my hands on the book that I even asked her a few times about it. So, sorry Sam for being so persistent. Now, having read the book, I’m also sorry to say that it was totally worth it. I would have fought even harder to get it! From Goodreads: Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you… Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone…

  • 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…

  • Best Books

    Top Ten Books of 2015

    2015 has come to an end! Here are the Top Ten Books of 2015 at Books & Reviews: 1. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm Fiction: identity novel. Good for: readers of philosophical fiction, and Margaret Atwood fans. Want more? Read an exclusive interview with author Rebecca Scherm here. 2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll Fiction: crime novel. Good for: Gone Girl fans. No more indications needed. Bonus points! This is the first book I reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books. 3. Forensics by Val McDermid Non-fiction. Good for: CSI fans, crime fiction fans with an interest in criminology. 4. Atonement by Ian McEwan Fiction: contemporary novel. Good for:…

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