Blog profile: The Gymkhana Club @roshETC #KillerFest15

Category: Reviews

Your name: Roshni Radia

Your blog’s name: The Gymkhana Club

Blog’s URL: Gymkhanaclub.me

Which types of books do you review?: I review and read all genres of books. Crime books are a passion of mine and I tweet about them all the time too

What do you like about crime fiction? I love how they absorb me in like no other genre. The clever plots, twists I never see coming, and brilliant characters just make me want to read more. I also love the variety of sub-genres you can get – there’s the psychological thriller, the traditional whodunit, the law based procedural, and the forensic investigation to name just a few.

For anyone starting out, can you recommend 5 essential crime books to read?

When I started compiling this list I knew it would going to be difficult. I didn’t realise just how much until I got to numbers 4 and 5. So there might be a number 6 (I regret nothing)

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Suspicions of My Whicher by Kate Summerscale

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Do you have 1 or 2 personal favourites? This is hard, really hard. I love my Agatha Christie and Robert Galbraith. I love David Baldacci and Stieg Larsson. I don’t think I can ever just have 1 or 2 personal favourites – there are so many excellent authors and stories out there.

New crime fiction author you are most excited by? Jenny Blackhurst and Renee Knight – I love both their debuts and can’t wait to see how they develop or what they do next.

Greatest fictional criminal? Another ridiculously difficult question! Moriarty seems obvious even though he is a criminal and a half. Other than him, I loved Stephen Brigstocke in Disclaimer. He was that perfectly penned creepy villain whose sanity is hugely questionable.

Greatest fictional detective? Has to be Poirot – always Poirot

Are you on social media? I am – twitter and Instagram is @roshETC – holler at me!

How can authors and publishers encourage you to review their books? Just email/tweet me – I love conducting interviews and reviewing books. I love taking my own photography to accompany the book too so if possible a physical copy is lovely, otherwise please send me lots of images!

How do you like people to contact you? Email/tweet/ comment on the blog – I don’t mind at all

Blog profile: Reading Room with a View @readingroom79 #KillerFest15

Category: Reviews

Your name: Lisa Hall

Your blog’s name: Reading Room with a View

Blog’s URL: http://reading-room-with-a-view.blogspot.co.uk

Which types of books do you review? I review most genres, but crime and psychological thrillers are my favourite.

What do you like about crime fiction? I just love the twists and turns that come with reading crime fiction – there’s nothing better than thinking you’ve got it all figured out when there’s a huge plot twist that blows it all out of the water!

For anyone starting out, can you recommend 5 essential crime books to read? My top five at the moment would be

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

Helen Grace series by MJ Arlidge

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

and anything you can get your hands on by Agatha Christie!

Do you have 1 or 2 personal favourites? I love practically everything written by Agatha Christie and I also love the Vera series by Ann Cleeves.

New crime fiction author you are most excited by? It’s got be Angela Marsons – a brilliant debut novel!

Greatest fictional criminal? I think Amy Dunne in Gone Girl was a pretty good criminal in her own twisted way!

Greatest fictional detective? I just love Vera – but maybe because she reminds me of my mother-in-law!!

Are you on social media? I am on Facebook as Lisa Hall, and on Twitter as @ReadingRoom79

How can authors and publishers encourage you to review their books? Just be polite and ask nicely! It helps if they have a print copy they can send over, as they definitely get bumped to the top of the TBR pile!

How do you like people to contact you? People can contact me at readingroomwithaview@hotmail.com.

Blog profile: Dark Readers @DarkRReviews #KillerFest15

Category: Reviews

Your name: Stephen

Your blog’s name: Dark Readers

Blog’s URL: www.dark-readers.com

Which types of books do you review? Everything, YA, Fantasy, Crime, Horror

What do you like about crime fiction? That it is a timeless genre, fitting so well into so many aspects of fiction, not just in its own genre, and takes on so many forms.

For anyone starting out, can you recommend 5 essential crime books to read? These are some of my personal favorites where I started out with different formats of crime or have very much enjoyed
1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
2.  Any NESBO – take your pick (through probably best to start with The Bat and work your way up)
3. Want to Play by P.J Tracy
4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
5. Dissolution by C J Sansom

Do you have 1 or 2 personal favourites?

  • The Eyre affair (and the whole Thursday Next series for what it does with genres) .
  • The Abomination by Jonathan Holt built something very string, and combined a lot of different elements into this construction.

New crime fiction author you are most excited by? Jonathan Holt

Greatest fictional criminal? Brady Hartsfield

Greatest fictional detective? Thursday Next

Are you on social media? Twitter @DarkRReviews PinterestInstagramFacebook: The Dark Readers.

How can authors and publishers encourage you to review their books? If it’s something that pips my interest, has a bit of an edge to it I’ll read it. They have to sell it to me. What is the USP of this book.

How do you like people to contact you? Email and Twitter