• British,  Crime fiction

    A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward

    A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is the second installment in the critically acclaimed DC Connie Child series. The first novel In Bitter Chill was a strong procedural with a unique British feel to it, so when saw the novel being sold at Crimefest17 – where I saw also to meet with Sarah again – I immediately bought a copy to have it signed. I knew I was in for a treat, so I save the book until the perfect moment to enjoy it. But I did not really know what I had been waiting for. DC Connie Childs and her colleagues will face one of the most challenging cases…

  • She Writes

    She Writes: Sarah Ward

    I first met Sarah Ward through her blog Crimepieces, which you should check right now if you are a fan of Scandi crime. And though she knows her nordic noir perfectly her knowledge about crime fiction goes beyond borders. When I heard that she was publishing her debut crime fiction novel with Faber a few years ago I was ecstatic and my anticipation was not wrong. In Bitter Chill – the first installment in the DC Connie Child series – was a masterpiece. Back then I described it as ‘Kate Morton meets contemporary crime fiction’ because the book exuded that coziness that I love from Morton’s books while being a…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward

    I met Sarah Ward years ago at her wonderful crime fiction blog Crimepieces, and we have become good friends ever since. Last May I had the pleasure of meeting her in the flesh at CrimeFest, and this fall I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of her debut novel In Bitter Chill. Best part? It was signed! In Bitter Chill tells the story of Rachel and Sophie two children from Derbyshire who get kidnapped one morning on their way to school in 1978. Flash forward to the present, and we find Rachel was actually released, while Sophie has never been found. Their cold case is open again…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    End of the Year Plans

    It’s been a long time since I last did a personal update. But yesterday I realised that 2017 is ALMOST done. How did that happen? If I want to do all the reading and writing that I had initially planned for this year I’d better get started! So here are some plans for what’s left of 2017: I have selected some books that I must read before the new year comes. I won’t share the list here, but I can tell you that most of them are crime fiction written by women (no surprise!), and I have been waiting a long time to read them. But is there a time…

  • Random

    5 Books by Women Writers for Fall

    Fall is probably my favourite time of the year just because it leads to Christmas and by September I am already tired of hot, sunny weather. I love winter, and always I long for those rainy, dark days when you get home, make some hot tea, and go to bed to read (because in this parallel universe there are no responsibilities – you just get home and read). I know that most bloggers join the R.I.P Challenge hosted by Andi at Estella’s Revenge and Heather at My Capricious Life this year, but it is always too sunny in Spain to join in early September and I’m still enjoying some summer readings.…

  • Best Books,  Random

    10 Best Books of 2017 #ReadWomen

    The time has come! While we wonder about where 2017 has gone, what we did, what we didn’t, time flies, and all those terrifying thoughts on how quickly time goes by, it is time to choose the best 10 books that I have read in 2017. As I usually combine new releases with backlists, some of this books were actually published in 2017, but some others were not. This post is also the perfect time to remind myself that reading is something that I mainly do for pleasure – though I am lucky enough for it to be a big part of my job too – so there should be…

  • Personal Updates

    September Book Haul

    September has been quite a month for book buying.  Here are the new additions to my shelves: BOUGHT BOOKS A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. I have been researching hard-boiled crime fiction for some time now, and the Alphabet murders always show up. So, thanks to Abebooks, I got myself a second-hand review copy. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (Grant County Thriller #1). I have never read anything by Karin Slaughter either and the series feature pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen. I am a huge fan of the TV show Rizzoli & Isles so, why not try the original series? Purity by Jonathan Franzen. I…

  • Crime fiction,  Events

    CrimeFest 2015 (Or The Time of My Life!)

    This year I actually made it to CrimeFest 2015 held at the Royal Marriott Hotel in Bristol, and as you can imagine, I fangirled my way through it. I got to meet some of my favourite authors and bloggers, and I was asked a few times if Books & Reviews is till running, which I can say yes. My PhD, a bad break up and lots of travelling have kept me busy for the last months, but now I’m back! And here they are, the pictures of me with every author, blogger and publisher who spent more than 5 minutes with me:

  • 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:…

  • 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…