J K Rowling’s Lethal White took 11 days to read, probably the longest crime book I have ever read and because of this the clues were well obscured in the amount of words. It took over 22 hours to finish this. For someone who had no idea about the background of the other 3 books… Continue reading Cormoran Strike 4 – Lethal White
1, I’m interested in why you entitled this book, No time to Cry; I did wonder at first if you had named other books after songs I am very bad at coming up with titles for my books. The early Inspector McLean books were fine, but by book four I was stuck. I only came up… Continue reading Oswald’s advice on crime writing
Liam McIlvanney’s 2018 novel The Quaker deservedly won the McIlvanney prize last night. The judging panel made up of Craig Sisterson, Alison Flood, and Susan Calman said that the book evokes Scotland and I whole heartedly agree with this opinion and feel that this was a great spin on the Bible John case. The fictionalised… Continue reading Bloody Scotland winner makes me Quake in my boots.
James Oswald’s No time to Cry, opens up rather nicely with the author’s own voice as he reads you through the plot summary of the book. Generally I avoid these, but it is nice for the author to get involved. The story of DC Constance Fairchild is somewhat different to the norm. A girl… Continue reading Oswald’s new series gets nominated for McIlvanney Prize
1, When writing the Detective Rachel Prince series, what advantage do you think came from her working for National Crime Agency? I originally wanted Rachel to be an Interpol police officer so she could travel abroad on cases, but of course now Interpol’s investigative arm has been taken over by the NCA. She won’t… Continue reading Behind Rachel Prince with Alison James
Author Mason Cross steps away from his Glasgow roots with the 5th in the series Presumed Dead. When missing person expert Carter Blake is sent to look for Adeline Connor arriving in Bethany, Georgia this rural area with a population of under 3000 leads him to find secrets hidden in the mountains that have kept the… Continue reading Presumed Dead – A Rural Killer
Alison James’ nomination for the McIlvanney prize for her second book featuring Detective Rachel Prince shows a refreshing element with her use of the National Crime Agency as a backdrop to the character. This allows the story to move between multiple countries quite comfortably, something that I’ve not yet seen before. Her writing style… Continue reading Alison James shows a different side to the Edinburgh Festival