… “three gripping crime novels”. Not to be missed!
… “three gripping crime novels”. Not to be missed!
Mari Hannah’s third Kate Daniels novel, Deadly Deceit is published on 11 April and she has a number of events planned. The list as it currently stands follows below. Stay aware of additions by keeping an eye on her events page.
SIGNING: Forum Books – Corbridge
Saturday, 13th April, 11am – 12 noon
8, Market Place, Corbridge NE45 5AW
SIGNING: Waterstones Newcastle
Saturday, 13th April, 2pm – 3pm.
Emmerson Chambers, Blackett St, Newcastle, NE1 7JF
READ REGIONAL event at Stockton Central Library
Wednesday, 17th April, 6.30 pm
Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1YU
SIGNING: Waterstones Hexham
Saturday, 20th April, 12 noon until 1pm.
33 Fore Street, Hexham, NE46 1LU
SIGNING: Waterstones Morpeth
Saturday, 20th April, 2pm – 4pm
5, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, NE61 1NS
WORLD BOOK NIGHT – Read Regional event at Central Library Theatre, South Shields
Tuesday, 23th April at 6pm
Prince George Square, South Shields, NE33 3PE
If, like me, you are drawn to psychological thrillers, you may well find the premise of this one interesting… (And make a note in your diaries.) To be published in the UK on 11 April. If you’re on twitter: it will be promoted with the tag #UnderYourSkin. More info under the trailer.
FROM THE PR SHEET:
Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she’s guilty…
UNDER YOUR SKIN is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: assume nothing, believe no one and check everything. This is the story of a daytime TV presenter whose comfortable life is overturned when she finds the body of a strangled woman, it is a gripping psychological thriller in which nothing can be assumed and will make you question everything you thought you knew.
Sabine Durrant is the author of two novels, Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh-La-La, Connie Pickles. She is a former assistant editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.
Review coming soon – hopefully to coincide with this week’s #fridayreads. (Unpacking post-move remains priority one this week.)
In few words:
This start of a new series sees Robert Wilson solidly on form. An intelligent, meaty thriller with a protagonist you’d trust while not asking too many questions…
Wilson’s writing makes the usual fare look like pale and poor imitation.
Starting on Friday 11 January, two blog posts go up each week across four weeks on crime writing blogs within the community. As well as providing a fascinating insight into Louise and Mark’s writing relationship, their inspiration for writing All Fall Down, life in a cult and killer viruses, each post contains a clue. To find the clue, simply read the blog post and answer a question – the answer to which will be in the post itself. Once you have collected all ten clues, send them in to email@example.com along with your name and address, and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Kindle Fire! Three lucky runners up will win a signed copy of Catch Your Death and All Fall Down. The deadline for entering is 28 February 2013, and the winner will be revealed on 4 March.
Some people make a lot of money telling writers how to construct a plot. There are endless courses and books that will tell you all about ‘the hero’s journey’, ‘calls to adventure’, ‘crossing the first threshold’, etc, etc. This reduces writing fiction – whether it’s books or films – down to a strict formula. My advice is to spend a little time (a couple of hours, maybe) reading over some of that stuff…and then forget all about it. Continue reading
For those who have been waiting I can confirm that Zoë Sharp’s Die Easy, her tenth Charlie Fox novel, is now available in the UK in paperback. ScotKris, one of our contributors, has already received a copy via Amazon and has reported in to say that it’s a lovely quality book production with a gorgeous suede-feel cover. (We hope to see a review from him soon…)
Here’s the blurb:
‘Sean didn’t remember finding out that I wasn’t to blame for ruining both our careers – that I’d nearly died for him. He certainly didn’t know that I’d killed for him.’
In the sweating heat of Louisiana, former Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, faces her toughest challenge yet.
Professionally, she’s at the top of her game, but her personal life is in ruins. Her lover, bodyguard Sean Meyer, has woken from a gunshot-induced coma with his memory in tatters. It seems that piecing back together the relationship they shared is proving harder for him than relearning the intricacies of the close-protection business. Working with Sean again was never going to be easy for Charlie, either, but a celebrity fundraising event in aid of still-ravaged areas of New Orleans should have been the ideal opportunity for them both to take things nice and slow. Until, that is, they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone.
When an ambitious robbery explodes into a deadly hostage situation, the motive may be far more complex than simple greed. Somebody has a major score to settle and Sean is part of the reason. Only trouble is, he doesn’t remember why. And when Charlie finds herself facing a nightmare from her own past, she realises she can’t rely on Sean to watch her back. This time, she’s got to fight it out on her own. One thing’s for sure—no matter how overwhelming the odds stacked against her, Charlie Fox is never going to die easy…
From a 5* review on Amazon:
“Most books at this stage (10 books in) start to get a bit stale or repetitive but this is going from strength to strength. Each book is very different and whilst Charlie’s personal life and her ongoing issues are in each book, you could still read this as a standalone. Roll on book 11!”
The spring books have just been announced for the WHSmith Richard and Judy Book Club and you can download the ebooks right now via their site (click on the pic below). On the crime thriller side it’s good to see David Mark’s Dark Winter (reviewed here), Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Noah Hawley’s The Good Father.
Down to earth lawyer Jill Shadow has overcome a traumatic past, one kept hidden from both professional colleagues and her 12 year old daughter Hannah. When imminent danger sees Jill transferred to a safe house, and her daughter abducted from school, Jill soon realises it’s a past she must confront. Desperate to piece things together, Jill knows there are two key events which might help the authorities trace her missing daughter: her involvement in the Bella Kiss drug case, and the release of her former partner Jimmy Briscoe from a lengthy jail term. With time running out, Jill takes matters into her own hands, setting out to find her missing daughter and discover where the real truth lies…
‘With his first novel, TJ Cooke introduces us to Jill Shadow, the accidental lawyer with a past she wants to stay hidden. But despite her best efforts, it catches up with her at the speed of a hurtling train and threatens not only her but her daughter Hannah. The various strands of both her personal and professional life slowly become inextricably linked until all becomes clear as the book reaches its climax. This is a crime thriller with soul and a page-turner to boot. I am sure this is not the last we’ll see of this tenacious lawyer. Highly recommended!’
Tim Kevan – Author of the BabyBarista series of books with Bloomsbury, and former Times and Guardian blogger