Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series are comfort reads for me. They’re a bit like JD Robb’s In Death series, Robert B Parker’s Spenser series and Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury/Melrose Plant series. Opening each book feels like arriving home and being welcomed by old and familiar friends.
Debut author Kate London joined the Metropolitan Police Service after an early career in theatre. It seems an odd switch and has me kinda intrigued but guess both combine to offer a first-hand knowledge of policing and police procedures; and an ability to stage a scene… something which is awfully handy when writing crime fiction!
And that’s very true. With over a dozen books under her belt she can be relied on to deliver a head-spinning thriller. And her latest, A Game for All the Family certainly had me captivated from the start.
When Hervey Bay nurse and mother of three Paulene Christie started a slow cooker Facebook Group almost three years ago, she had no idea she was creating something that would change her life.
Today I’m pleased to introduce Claire Varley, whose debut novel hit Australian shelves earlier this month. Check out my review of The Bit in Between, if you missed it earlier in the week.
As Claire has done a few other interviews about the publishing process (particularly around the fact her manuscript was discovered in a slush pile!), I focused on questions about her experience in the Solomon Islands – the setting of her book and a place which (presumably) inspired much of it.
There are rare occasions on which I underestimate my abilities. More often than not it’s about how much chocolate I can eat before feeling sick. Or the fact I can avoid seeing the dust build-up in my bathroom for weeks on end. But very occasionally I’m surprised by my attention span when it comes to topics I assume will not be of interest.
It’d been a while between Tony Hill / Carol Jordan drinks for me on the book front when Val McDermid’s 9th novel in the series arrived in my letterbox.
I’m a huge fan of the series and was a lover of the TV show based on the series (though vaguely recall losing interest for some reason which now alludes me. Was there a change of characters? Or perhaps it just finished?). Anyhoo… I excitedly tuned in for the latest instalment and was (again) forced to change dinner plans so I could read the book in a night!