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  • 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…

  • 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/

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

    Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman has been on my radar ever since it was published in May 2016. I did not get a review copy back then but as bookish magic goes, I found the book at Bristol Public Library. This was the last book that I borrowed during my visit to England, and it was the cherry on top. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman focuses on the friendship between two girls in a small American town. Following the necessary tend started by Megan Abbott, Wasserman goes against popular believes of young girls as shallow creatures and reminds readers that girlhood can be the perfect foundation for a…

  • Non-fiction

    Spinster. Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

    This semester I joined a feminist book club that takes place in my favourite city and is led by a fellow feminist PhD candidate at my same programme. The club is organised nation-wide, with different physical meetings all over Spain by the feminist organisation La Tribu (‘The Tribe’). Our first reading was Spinster. Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick, a non-fiction book, part memoir, about what it means to be single nowadays. The book has been translated into Spanish but I decided to go with the original for two reasons. One is that I read faster in English and I also enjoy the text more, the second…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

    A few months ago I discovered American author Laura Lippman – a bit late to the party, I know – and I started following her on Twitter. She and Megan Abbott saw my confession and told me about Lippman’s upcoming stand-alone novel, Wilde Lake, to be published in the UK the 7th July by Faber Books. So, thanks to Laura I got in contact with Faber Books and they kindly sent me a review copy of Wilde Lake. Abbott suggested I would love it, and she was right. Wilde Lake tells the story of Louisa ‘Lu’ Brant, newly elected – and first female! – State’s Attorney of Howard County (Maryland).…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    New Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda for Los Angeles Review of Books

    Today I am very happy to bring you my latest review for Los Angeles Review of Books. When my former editor contacted me he wanted to know if I would like to review books by female writers for the Noir section, and I obviously did not have to think about it. Sadly, my editor is now gone – wishing you the best, Zac – and the Noir section as such is gone, but I am still writing for them. Zac’s last task before he left was to make sure I got a review copy of Megan Miranda’s first adult novel, All the Missing Girls. What makes this book special is…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Megan Abbott on Girls, Feminism, and Crime Fiction

    Today and I am very happy, excited and proud to welcome American author Megan Abbott to Books & Reviews. After reviewing her upcoming novel You Will Know Me (out next June), I contacted Megan to talk about her middle-class American girls signature narrative, feminism, and many other topics that I thought would be interesting for those of us who do feminism, crime fiction and female main characters. Welcome to Books & Reviews Megan, and thank you for everything: You have inscribed the female teenage experience in contemporary crime fiction inaugurating a new crime fiction subgenre. Why and when did you decide to start writing about female teenagers in such a…