A fresh approach to crime fiction

Holiday reading

These days, I spend so much time writing, thinking about writing and promoting my writing, I could write a book about it. It’s easy to forget how much I enjoy reading.

Sue GraftonWhile I’ve always enjoyed reading, my list was quite limited before I bought a Kindle. Up to this point, I bought every Sue Grafton, Simon Kernick, Tom Sharpe and a sprinkling of non-fiction. With the Kindle came access to
Amazon’s abundant reservoir of eBooks, along with the special offers authors and publishers run.

Had I not found a publisher which was interested in my novel, I intended to self-publish on Kindle.


Anyway, while not the fastest reader in town, there’s rarely a day when I’m not engrossed in a book. My recent holiday in the Peak District and Sussex gave me a little more reading time, which I put to good use.


I was already most of the way through Dead on Demand, by Daniel and Sean Campbell. It’s a fast-paced crime thriller with an intriguing premise and plot that was written and produced in 48 days, according to Daniel’s author page on
Amazon. Quite a feat.





Blood and Chocolateblood, by Judith Cranswick was my next read. This is an
entertaining cosy, which has tour guide, Fiona Mason, unearthing a killer while she guides a group of disparate travellers on a coach tour around Belgium’s finest buildings. Entertaining and fun.




Who Killed Little Johnny Gilljohnny, by Kathryn McMaster, is a beautifully crafted
account of a real life unsolved murder in Bradford in 1888. The crime, the
devastating impact on the family and community, and the police investigation are brought to life with vivid characterisation and detail that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. It’s an intriguing to look at a Victorian crime with today’s eyes.




betterAs you can see, I like crime fiction, but I like to move away from the police
procedural and serial killer novels that seem to be everywhere. That’s what drew me to Dead Is Better by Jo Perry. This is a highly original crime story with a unique twist – the narrator of the story is in the afterlife. It’s certainly different.




I also had the chance to read the first draft of my second Kent Fisher mystery, No Bodies. Having taken a break from writing for two weeks, I needed to reacquaint myself with the story so that I could continue with the first draft. While I’m obviously biased, I rather enjoyed the story so far, though I had to do quite a bit of editing.

Books aren’t written they’re rewritten, according to Michael Crichton.

Read on.

Please let me know what you think