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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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/

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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 […]

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Tales of Survival: Teenagers, Trauma and Resilience in Crime Fiction

After the events of last week, I really hoped I was not writing this post. But I am, and before you continue reading, I would like you to know this post is about gun violence, mass shootings, trauma, and the tales of those who survive. The attack on a Florida high school last week is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

British author Eva Dolan has been on the radar for readers of high-quality and socially conscious crime fiction for some years now. Her Zigic and Ferreira series became known for targeting bones of contention in contemporary society, such as racism, human trafficking, and disability. In the past year, she has been working on a stand-alone […]

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