About the Author;
Rebecca’s five favourite crime series’s;
Lisa Gardner – FBI Profiler;
Lisa Gardner is one of my favourite writers of any kind of book. I love all her books in each of the different series she writes. But if I had to choose, I’d pick the FBI Profiler series as my favourite, mainly because it includes The Third Victim which is not only one of my favourite books ever, it was the one that introduced me to Lisa Gardner, as well as being the book that got me hooked on crime fiction, eventually leading to me writing it. Because of all that, I named the main character in my series, DI Michael Gardner, after her.
Karin Slaughter – Grant County;
Like Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter writes different series and weaves them together seamlessly. They’re all brilliant, and even the ones that are like doorstops I can read in a couple of days because I just have to read one more chapter, and then another, and another. The reason for singling out the Grant County series is, again, because they were the ones that introduced me to Slaughter, but also because it includes Skin Privilege. It might not be the best book of the series as a whole, but, without giving anything away, it made me cry for about three days afterwards, and led me to accuse my mam and sister of having hearts of stone for not shedding any tears at all. Always the sign of a good book.
Thomas Harris – Hannibal Lecter;
This series probably needs no introduction or explanation, and even if the later books don’t stand up as well as the earlier ones, The Silence of the Lambs makes up for it. I came to the books late, after having seen the films. I saw The Silence of the Lambs first, when I was way too young to watch it, and wanted to be Clarice Starling more than anything. (Later I wanted to be Dana Scully. I think, basically, I just wanted to join the FBI and was sorely disappointed when I discovered I wasn’t allowed.) I also love Hannibal, the TV adaptation of the books, and how they’ve reworked the books, making familiar stories new again. Also, Mads Mikkelsen is clearly the best Hannibal Lecter ever and I’ll eat the liver of anyone who says otherwise.
Kate Atkinson – Jackson Brodie;
Kate Atkinson is just brilliant, regardless of what she writes. If I could write half as well as her, I’d die happy. I read some of her more literary work before I came to the series and wondered how her style would adapt to a crime series. As expected, the books are both literary and page turners as the same time. While reading, I’ve found myself laughing out loud and then crying, sometimes at the same sentence. Amazing stuff, also adapted brilliantly for TV with Jason Isaacs as Brodie.
Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum;
Up to book number twenty-five and still going strong, the Stephanie Plum series are comedy-crime novels about a bounty hunter in New Jersey. They’re very funny, often ridiculous, but always have a proper mystery at the heart of them. The second crime novel I ever wrote was a comedy-crime, long before I came across these books. I was told no one would ever publish such a thing, mostly because no one knew how to market them and bookshops didn’t know which shelf to put them on. It sounded like nonsense to me, and having seen how successful this series is, I have to assume people were making excuses and my attempt at comedy-crime was just rubbish.
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