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  • Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Random,  Short stories

    5 FREE SHORT STORIES TO UP YOUR HALLOWEEN READING GAME

    Halloween is almost here and I’ve decided to publish Bodies in the Library‘s Monthly Recommendations a few days early. The reason? To up our spooky reading game a bit with some classic and free short stories. Each of the titles below provides access to a free and legal source from where to download the short story, so read without guilt! 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. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman…

  • American,  Crime fiction,  Random,  Southern

    The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

    When you are in a Southern crime fiction mood you just have to roll with it! After compiling some nice looking Southern mysteries last month I had no other option but to read Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies. The novel came to my attention after a good friend swore it was the perfect reading when you are in a Gillian Flynn hangover – yes, that’s a thing – and I have to say, she was 100% right. The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter is a fast-paced mystery that tells the story of Meg Ashley, daughter to Frances Ashley, a best-selling author idolised by her 1970’s cult horror novel Kitten. Frances’ success…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    Lullaby (The Perfect Nanny) by Leïla Slimani – Translation by Sam Taylor

    A few weeks ago both my Twitter and Instagram feeds went crazy with a new crime fiction book. With a seemingly naïve cover portraying a blue dress with a peter pan collar and the line “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds”, Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby – entitled The Perfect Nanny in the US – became the book everyone was reading. Marketed as the next Gone Girl (will it ever end?) and with a delightful translation by Sam Taylor, the novel published by Faber & Faber promised to be one of the books of 2018. Lullaby – Chanson Douce in the French original – tells the story of…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    When America Thought It was Great: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng had been on my radar for some time before I decided to make it my Christmas book. My favourite Bookrioter Wallace Yovetich had been posting pictures of on her Instagram account, and other readers had also been praising the book for its portrayal of American suburbia. Ng’s second book comes after the international success of Everything I Never Told You (2014), a novel about loss, trauma and family. I must admit I never got to read Ng’s debut novel, partly because I was not in a mood to read about family trauma when it was first released, and secondly because I never had the…

  • Crime fiction,  Short stories

    Bodies in the Library Recommends: Crime Fiction Short Stories

    Short stories have been experiencing a comeback for some time now, but it was at the end of last year when The New Yorker‘s “Cat Person” became one of the most read literary texts on the Internet that we all had to agree: Short stories are genius. As a reader of crime fiction, criminal short stories represent one of the most successful times in the history of literature for the genre, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short stories leading the way, and closely followed by Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. So, as I read all the blurb about “Cat Person” and the outpour of love for short stories that…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

    I first heard about Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler on Twitter, though I am not sure who mentioned it or why. So I did some research and while I do love my crime fiction, I thought it was time for a change. General fiction written by women is another passion of mine, especially debut novels by young authors. Sweetbitter offered me the promise of a coming of age story in contemporary New York City and food. What else could I ask for? So, I asked the publisher for a review copy and I got sent one with the European cover, which is to die for: Readers will get to know the…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Medical Humanities

    Evening Primorse by Kopano Matlwa

    Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa was the first book that I got sent upon my arrival to England earlier this year. I first heard about it on Twitter, described as the perfect book to mix #readwomen and #readdiverse. So that was it for me. African literature was one of my favourite subjects during my degree, and for some time I even considered pursuing a PhD in the field (that is long before I realised that crime fiction studies were a thing!). So I was really excited to read Evening Primrose, especially after I read the blurb on the back cover: Maybe this was all my own doing. I should have…

  • When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
    21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy

    When I arrived to England more than 4 months ago I only had two books with me, both of them in Spanish, and both of them intended to keep me company while travelling. But once I settled down I realised that my recent move was the perfect opportunity to request books to publishers that could not afford to send me their books all the way to Spain. So, seeing that everyone was showing off their new review copies of Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women, I wrote to Atlantic Books for a review copy. I soon got a reply from Sophie Walker kindly informing me that they were not publishing that book…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    How to be Both by Ali Smith

    How to be Both by Ali Smith became an instant success after its publication 2014. Back then all I could see on my Twitter feeds was praise for an author that I had never Heard about. So, after seeing that her latest book Autumn has also been welcomed with equal enthusiast for people I trust, I decided to finally read How to be Both. I borrowed this book from the Bristol Central Library. “Cause nobody’s the slightest idea who we are, or who we were”. How to be Both is a novel about fluidity and ambiguity. As the title suggests, a constant theme in both parts of the book is…