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  • Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Not Forgiven But Forgotten: Top of the Lake (Season 2) – China Girl

    The future is female, and so is crime television. 2017 became a game-changer with a previously unseen revolution of powerful and strong women fighting for their rights and openly denouncing the inequality and the violence – many times silenced – that has been historically embedded and tolerated in everyday life. Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 was a celebration of all the women who have spoken against this violence and who have taken the necessary steps to assure they get the justice they deserve. The Time’s Up initiative was made public days before the Golden Globes, where a relentless Natalie Portman openly denounced Hollywood’s inequality causing a stir and…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Non-fiction

    Four Non-Fiction Backlist Books for Women’s Month

    March is Women’s Month and thought at Bodies in the Library we celebrate women writers all year long, this time I have decided to write about non-fiction backlists for various reasons. The first is that as I’m growing older I find myself yearning for more non-fiction written by women and about women. The books I have selected here are all have something in common: They will make you feel better. Reading them actually feels like sitting down with a good friend to talk about your problems. The second reason to choose these books is that they are all backlist books so you will be able to find them at your…

  • 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…

  • 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/

  • 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…