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  • British,  Crime fiction

    A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward

    A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is the second installment in the critically acclaimed DC Connie Child series. The first novel In Bitter Chill was a strong procedural with a unique British feel to it, so when saw the novel being sold at Crimefest17 – where I saw also to meet with Sarah again – I immediately bought a copy to have it signed. I knew I was in for a treat, so I save the book until the perfect moment to enjoy it. But I did not really know what I had been waiting for. DC Connie Childs and her colleagues will face one of the most challenging cases…

  • She Writes

    New Feature: She Writes

    During the summer holidays I spent a lot of time thinking of my previous series Feminist Sundays, and how much I loved producing content that focused on women writers and feminism. A new concept popped up in my mind one day at the beach and I started giving it some thought. Here’s She Writes. What is it? A post on a contemporary woman author. It will feature a small biography and some questions. Why? Because I love working with women authors and even though it is 2017, they still enjoy less visibility than many of their male counterparts. Where? At Bodies in the Library, on the Features section. When? Every…

  • 21st Century,  Essays,  Medical Humanities

    Why Patricia Cornwell is One of the Best Crime Fiction Writers (And Why You Should Be Reading Her Works)

    ‘Hi! My name is Elena and I’m writing a Humanities doctoral thesis. On Contemporary Literature. On crime fiction. On Patricia Cornwell’s books’. That is how much it takes me these days to get a look of embarrassment from many people, although luckily not my beloved ones. Not only am I pursuing a PhD in Humanities, which apparently is not nearly as important as my expected Medicine career (on which acquaintances gave up a long time ago), but I am also studying bad literature. Airport literature. Beach readings. Pop-corn crime fiction. Best-sellers. You name it. I have chosen the wrong path. Or so they say. Because, how can you build your…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Maeve Kerrigan #4)

    A few months back I read some wonderful reviews about the Maeve Kerrigan series in some of your blogs. Later on, I came across Jane Casey over Twitter, and after much talking about our common interests, which include Ireland, London and crime fiction, she kindly offered to send me a couple of her books featuring London-based, Irish DC Maeve Kerrigan, for which I will be forever grateful. Last August, The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4) made it to the top of my TBR pile while searching for a good police procedural to take away with me to my holidays. Spoiler alert: I could not have chosen a better book!…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Blue Monday by Nicci French (Frieda Klein #1)

    Blue Monday by Nicci French is the first in the Frieda Klein series.The series, set in London, star psychotherapist Frieda Klein as her patients’ stories lead her to be involved in on-going investigations. I was offered the third book on the series, but since I had not read the previous installments, I asked for all the books in the series, and I got them! Thanks to Annie Harris at Viking Press for sending me all three books. From Goodreads: Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets … The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national…