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  • Monthly Recommendations
    American,  Crime fiction,  Monthly Recommendations

    September Recommendations: Southern Crime Fiction

    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. Southern culture is a big thing for me. My Mum brought me up listening to Johnny Cash and I carried on the family obsession by becoming June Carter Cash’s biggest fan as soon as I had access to the Internet. I love a good pair of cowboy boots, and my English-speaking friends think it’s funny I “y’all” people around even though I have a British accent.…

  • Book Releases,  Features

    5 Crime Fiction Releases for Spring 2018

    Happy first day of Spring! To celebrate that many of us are getting more daylight and warmer temperatures and we can finally read outside I’ve decided to share some of my favourite crime fiction releases with you today. I can’t wait to take these beauties out with me to read int he sun! Sunburn by Laura Lippman UK: 1st March Faber & Faber US: 20th February¬†William & Morrow OK, so not *technically* Spring, but still very close. Lippman’s latest novel has been praised all over the Internet by Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn and fellow crime fiction fans. I have only read one of Lippman’s books until now, but I am…

  • Author Interviews,  Features,  Non-fiction

    You Do You by Sarah Knight: Non-Self-Help Books that Change Your Life

    I first crossed paths with Sarah Knight when she was still working in New York City as part of the team behind Jessica Knoll’s debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Shortly after that, Knight went freelance and since then she has become the author of a series of non-self-help books that have changed my life (for real). Knight’s first book The Life-Changing Magic of Not-Giving a Fuck (2016) is a love letter to selfishness prioritizing your own well-being over social conventions and responsibilities. As a young woman earning responsibilities¬† – some of them willingly, some others not so much, I found the book really helpful and funny. Knight knows her audience…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Margaret Atwood

    She Writes is coming to an end today. The series – which have run for the last three months – have given me the opportunity to interview women authors from all over the world and ask them questions that really matters in the current state of the world with women and artists being systematically undervalued. The aim of the interviews was to throw some light into what it means to be a woman who writes, and how the writing is interwoven with the reading and the works of women. My ultimate goal with the series was to bring together a group of women whose work I admire and get them…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Lilja Sigurdardottir

    I did not want the She Writes series to come to an end not featuring a Nordic Noir author. Even though my professional area of expertise is American (and sometimes British) crime fiction, I love reading Nordic crime fiction novels because of the setting. I am a sucker for winter and snow, and I love the way in which gritty crimes disturb the social haven of Nordic societies. Nordic crime fiction is also a subgenre in which I read women authors and male authors equally, and I think that vouches for the responsible representation of women that comes these societies – though truth be told there is still work to…

  • 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…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes:

    Today I am very happy to be bringing one of my favourite American crime fiction writers to you on the She Writes Series: Tess Gerritsen. She is the author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, which many of you may know from the TV adaptation that sadly came to an end last year. I have developed quite some research about Gerritsen’s works, and she has been pivotal in my PhD, always being kind, nice and having time to answer my questions. Before becoming world-wide famous thanks to the Rizzoli & Isles series, Gerritsen was a doctor with a passion for reading romances. She started writing short fiction – for which…

  • 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…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: C.L Taylor

    C.L Taylor is an English writer known for her thrilling depictions of female friendship, treason, and mystery. Even though C.L Taylor has previously written non-crime fiction novels under the name ‘Cally Taylor’ it was her third novel The Accident, published in 2014, what made her a household name in crime fiction. In the last three years she has published three more novels to great critical acclaim. If you are familiar with any crime fiction blogs or online reviewing sites, you will have heard of Taylor’s work as it is great favourite among many of us. The Lie was her third novel. I bought it during a trip to my beloved…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Paula Hawkins

    British crime fiction author Paula Hawkins has been a favourite of this blog (and all our readers!) for quite some time now. Upon the release of her crime fiction debut The Girl on the Train, I got to meet Paula through her work, and I even had the chance to interview her a few times, one in 2015 for this blog, and another one earlier this year for the International Crime Fiction Association, which you can read here. Her latest novel Into the Water – review here – has polarised readers due to Hawkins’ choice of an ensemble narration for a dark and twisted tale born of some hard feminist…