World Book Night 2014 Books Announced

The last year has certainly passed by in a flash. It seems only a couple of weeks since I was giving out copies of The No1 Ladies Detective Agency for World Book Night 2013 and now the list of books for World Book Night 2014 has been released. It’s an interesting list…

A To Z Bookish Survey

A few weeks ago I picked up on a meme that brilliant book blogger Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner was running. As always I’m a little late to get my entry in but here we go with my A-Z of reading survey….

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

My favourite genre of fiction is, without a shadow of a doubt, crime. I love a good, gory murder and a hard-bitten detective who’s out to solve the crime. The bloodier the better as far as I’m concerned. I’m not averse to something a little gentler either – I adore Agatha Christie …

Top Ten: Crime Writers

Every so often I worry that I’m not a “serious” enough reader. I don’t scour the new literary releases looking for the critics’ choice as my next purchase. I don’t obsessively plough my way through the shortlists of the highbrow book prizes. That’s not to say that I don’t read any literary fiction at all, but offered the choice of a Booker Prize winner or a good crime thriller I’d pick the latter any day of the week.

There is a wealth of enjoyable crime fiction available and hundreds of new and established crime novelists but I tend to find myself returning to the same authors over and over again. Here, in alphabetical order, are my top ten crime writers.

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Agatha Christie – Early Surfer?

I’m fascinated by Agatha Christie, I think I’ve read all of her books, loved her autobiography and have a place in my heart for Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. It’s not just her books that fascinate me though – it’s her as a person, she seems to have been an astounding woman. Widely travelled, a fan of archaeology and a mysterious disappearance worthy of one of her own novels. This week it was revealed that it’s possibly on her travels with her first husband she became one of the first British people to surf standing up. I don’t know if that’s true, or if it can ever be proven but I hope it is true. It shows exactly how adventurous and ground-breaking she really was.