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  • British,  Crime fiction

    No Other Darkness (Marnie Rome #2) by Sarah Hilary

    No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary is the second installment in the very successful Marnie Rome series. If you have not heard about Sarah Hilary or Marnie Rome yet, and you are looking for a great crime fiction series, skip this review and go back to Someone Else’s Skin, read our exclusive interview with Sarah herself, or our article on her now famous main character, feminism and women in crime fiction. No Other Darkness starts soon after Someone Else’s Skin‘s ending. DI Marnie Rome, now safe back home, and recovering from her own personal ordeal, is called along DS Noah Jake to a peculiar crime scene: a bunker under one…

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    Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Scherm, author of Unbecoming + Free Book Club Kit

    As many of you know, I loved Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. Her debut novel ponders on love, identity and what it all means when you are a young woman. So, I contacted Rebecca and she kindly agreed to answer some questions for me. Plus, Annie Harris from Penguin has allowed me to share this beautiful Book Club Kit with you all – click here to download it. I hope you enjoy it. 1. We could say Unbecoming is an identity thriller, because Grace’s identity becomes the main mystery in the plot. Where did the idea come from? I grew up watching Hitchcock films and reading noir fiction, and I held…

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    Exclusive Interview with Paula Hawkins, Author of The Girl On The Train

    The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins was one of the best novels I read in 2014, you can check my review here. I was lucky enough to get a very advanced review copy thanks to Alison Barrow, and I discovered one great thriller with a very complex and revolutionary female main character. Today, The Girl On The Train is finally being published by Transworld books and to celebrate it, author Paula Hawkins kindly answered some questions for Books & Reviews. Happy publication day, Paula! How did you come up with the idea for The Girl on The Train?  When I first moved to London and started commuting into…

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    Talking Feminism with Author Sarah Hilary + Giveaway!

    So, this is the amazing surprise I’ve been teasing you about for a week now! To celebrate the paperback release of Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary, I virtually sat down with her for the second time – see our first interview here – to talk about feminism, crime fiction and being a woman writer AND Books & Reviews is giving away one copy of Sarah’s debut novel Someone Else Skin. You can check my review here, but I will sum it up by saying it’s awesome, and Marnie Rome has become one of those inspirational, kick-ass investigators that help me in my busiest and darkest hours. Thank you, Sarah,…

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    Exclusive Interview with author Nicci French

    As a fan of the Frieda Klein series, I was even more interesting in interviewing who is behind the character when I learned it was a couple: Nicci French is the pen name of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who also happen to be married. I contacted them on Twitter last week and they kindly answered five questions exclusively for Books & Reviews. Thank you! 1. What was the inspiration for Frieda Klein? Most women investigators are Dis or DCs, so why did you choose a psychotherapist? We’ve never really been interested in crime in itself. We’re more interested in the emotions that lead to crime, or result from crime.…

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    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…

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    Exclusive Interview: Quentin Bates

    I had the amazing pleasure of interviewing Quentin Bates, author of Chilled to the Bone. He is an amazing crime fiction writer and an a great human being. He agreed to be interviewed right away and since then we have exchanged many emails. You can go and say hi to him over Twitter as well and see how nice he is. Meanwhile, here’s the interview. Enjoy! 1. You say in your biography that your first novel in the Gunnhildur series grew out of a writing course. Why did you chose to write crime fiction?  I’m not entirely sure. I’ve always been a big reader, but didn’t become a big crime…

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    Exclusive Interview: Author Paula Daly

    Didn’t I tell you there were some great things happening this week? Well, this is one of them! Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and Keep Your Friends Close has let me interview her again. I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula previously after her first novel, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? was published. Now, she has let me interview her yet again, so thank you, Paula, for being so generous with Books&Reviews (now Bodies in the Library)! 1. Where did the idea for Keep Your Friends Close come from? I was having dinner with a friend who had been unlucky in love…

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    Exclusive Interview: Adam Roberts

    Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass kindly agreed to be interviewed for Books and Reviews after I loved his novel, a perfect mix of sci-fi and crime fiction. I highly recommend you to check his website where he usually posts about sci-fi. Thanks to Adam again for the review copy and for answering my questions. 1. Jack Glass is an extraordinary blend of sci-fi and crime fiction. How did it all start? (Where did the idea come from, the characters, etc.). The idea came, as I say in the post-script, out of a desire to crash together some of the conventions of ‘Golden Age’ SF with ‘Golden Age’ whodunit crime fiction.…