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  • 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…

  • Random

    New Times

    Hello, everyone! It’s been a long, long time (almost two months!) but I’m finally back. A lot of things have happened of lately. The most exciting one: I finally got my PhD! It’s been one of the most challenging and most rewarding things I have done in my life, and all I can say right now – maybe I’m a bit overwhelmed still? – is that I’m just super happy to be able to call myself a doctor. Researching, reading, and writing took a lot of time away from the books I review here, especially during the last four months. But, two weeks after my viva, I’m finally getting back…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    DNF-ing Books And Moving On

    Sometimes life is too short to keep on reading! Ever since I started blogging about books seven years ago I have always encountered one awkward and slightly malicious question: “Why do you only review books that you love?”. At first, I did not understand where the question was coming from, though a quick look at my blog indeed reflected most of my reviews fell into the space between good and this-book-changed-my-life. And that has defined my reading (and my writing) for better or for worse. However, things have changed in the past weeks when I have done the unthinkable: I gave up on two crime fiction books. I have to admit…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    20 Reading Questions

    Gooood morning everyone on a beautiful and sunny Monday morning! Twitter was buzzing with some great blogging activity a few weeks ago and I couldn’t join back then, but following my dear MarinaSofia’s example, I thought I’d answer the 20 Reading Questions here keeping in mind the 280-character Twitter rule 😉 Women’s fiction. I am reading two at the time! Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (short stories), and Tree of Sighs by Lucrecia Guerrero (Chicano Lit, because there is more to it than J.D). The Disappearing Cake. Always loved a good mystery! I would LOVE to see all of Gillian Flynn’s works adapted for the big/silver screen by Reese…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    Confession Time: Sometimes I Don’t Want to Read

    Happy April, everyone! I can’t believe we are already four months into 2018. It’s already Spring! It’s supposed to be getting warmer! And my favourite part: Days are longer! It’s been quite some time since I last did a personal update, so I thought I’d share what is going on with my life right now, which seems to be going against a book blog, but stay with me, it doesn’t: I haven’t felt like reading these past months. Yes, you’ve read it right. In the past two months I have only managed to finish reading one book – albeit a chunky one, but one nonetheless. It is not the first…

  • British,  Crime fiction,  Random

    Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books, 8th February 2018) quickly became one of last Winter’s most anticipated books. I saw my Twitter feed flooded with people praising the book and once I learned that it was a modern take on a Golden Age mystery, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Thank you to Raven Books (Bloomsbury) for always supporting Bodies at the Library. The first thing that called my attention about The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was that it was described as a modern take on a Golden Age mystery with a twist. I think it’s pretty obvious now that…

  • American,  Crime fiction,  Essays,  Random

    The Future and the Truth are Female: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

      Crime fiction is one of the most political forms of popular literature, and American women authors are killing it (no pun intended) with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman being responsible for a new golden age. The reasons for the success of female-authored crime fiction novels are many, but considering the current political climate, it is just natural to see how these narratives about social injustice and trauma as the perfect breeding ground for those stories that women have been keeping silent for years or even decades. Megan Miranda’s latest novel The Perfect Stranger (2017) perfectly exemplifies this new era and the role women are proactively…

  • 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/

  • Essays,  Random

    New Article for the University of Birmingham: Why we Like Our Crime Fiction Feminist (But We May Have a Hard Time Admitting it)’

    As many of you know, apart from working at Bodies in the Library I write for other outlets as well. I was recently invited to do a series of posts on crime fiction for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on popular culture and the first of them just came out this week. This project has been in the works for quite some time now and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. The blog also features posts on other popular literature genres, such as romance so I highly recommend some browsing. As it could not be otherwise I chose to write about crime fiction…