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  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Sarah Hilary

    Sarah Hilary wrote one of the best crime novels I have read this year, Someone Else’s Skin, and created a kick-ass female character, DI Marnie Rome. In between such awersomeness, she had time to answer some of my questions. Enjoy! Q. Someone Else’s Skin is your debut novel. Why did you start writing crime fiction? A. I’d always read crime and a good friend (good enough to get away with pointing out what a very dark mind I have) said I should be writing it. It took me a long time to get to grips with the demand of the genre, but now I feel at home here. Q. Marnie…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Someone Else’s Skin (Marnie Rome #1) by Sarah Hilary

    I read about Someone Else’s Skin, Sarah Hilary’s debut novel, on Twitter and pestered publicist Sam Eades to please, please, please send me a review copy. She did and I was so eager to get my hands on the book that I even asked her a few times about it. So, sorry Sam for being so persistent. Now, having read the book, I’m also sorry to say that it was totally worth it. I would have fought even harder to get it! From Goodreads: Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you… Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    The World Waiting to be Made by Simone Lazaroo

    I learned about Australian writer Simone Lazaroo and her works during her lessons at my M.A. Her debut novel, The World Waiting to be Made (1994) is partly autobiographical and can be studied as an amazing example of diasporic literature written by a woman. From Book Depository: A young woman journeys back to her birthplace, Singapore, and to Malacca, her ancestral home, to discover rich, complex and mysterious aspects of her own identity. Aspects of herself that had only been half remembered, hinted at, or understood during a dislocated childhood and adolescence growing up in contemporary suburban Australia.The World Waiting to be Made charts the uncertain progress of an outsider…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Paula Daly

     I learned about Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly by my almost-stalking of Allison Barrow – publicist of the wonderful Kate Atkinson – and who is also publicist to Daly. So, the lovely Daly started following me (she loves Atkinson too) and we started tweeting each other. After I finished and reviewed her debut novel Just What Kind of Mother Are You she was kindly enough to agree to this interview. I was thrilled! There were so many questions I wanted to ask, but as I usually do so as not to overdo it with writers, I stuck to 5. Here they are. Enjoy! 1.I know…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You is Paula Daly’s debut novel published in April 2013 by Transworld Publishers. I first heard of the novel via Twitter since Kate Atkinson’s PR- Alison Barrow – is also Daly’s. At the time I heard of the novel, Alison was offering ARCs and I asked her to please send me one and she kindly did. This is a SPOILER-FREE review: From GoodReads: What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Coroner by M.R. Hall

    The publishers at Mantle Books kindly sent me The Coroner by M.R.Hall, the first on the Jenny Cooper series, a month ago and I was in awe when I opened the parcel because I really, really wanted to read it. The best part was that I had no idea what was waiting for me… From Book Depository: When lawyer, Jenny Cooper, is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she’s hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce, but the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody…

  • Crime fiction,  Nordic Noir

    Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson

    Last weekend I decided to give myself a break and read what a I wanted from Friday to Monday, which translated on reading detective fiction novell Unwanted by Swedish author Kristina Ohlsson. And the only word I can think of is “amazing”. From Book Depository: “One mistake changes everything…”In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre                                                       (Charlotte Brontë) Jane Eyre is named after its main character and provides the reader with her personal experiences from her childhood to the “now” period in the novel, when she is a married a woman. She is an orphan left to her uncle’s tutelage but when he dies it is his wife, Mrs. Reed who will deal with Jane.  She cannot accept Jane is another member of the family and emotionally tortures her until Jane faints. Then she is sent to a school where she will grow-up becoming, after some years, a teacher. Up to this point I will not tell anything more about the plot because I…