The beginnings of TUESDAY FALLING.

Happy Publication Day to Tuesday Falling! Author S. Williams takes us through the underground origins of his new book. When I was six I got into trouble for smashing a hole in the back of my cupboard with my dad’s hammer, trying to find Narnia. It wasn’t a lot of trouble,… Read More

Satire and Suggestibility: Val McDermid on Northanger Abbey

The first time I read Northanger Abbey I was an undergraduate at Oxford studying the early development of the English novel. I was seventeen – the same age as Northanger Abbey’s young heroine Catherine Morland, though naturally I considered myself far more mature and worldly than she is. And I remember two major… Read More

Natchez Burning – Greg Iles guest post

We’re thrilled to welcome Greg Iles to the Killer Reads blog today, to talk about his latest Penn Cage thriller, Natchez Burning – a stunning novel set in the American deep South in which a shocking murder from the 1960s finds new life, and victims, in the present… The biggest joke in our… Read More

Mother’s Day Gone Bad

It’s Mother’s Day! A day dedicated to celebrating, thanking, and spoiling all the wonderful mums out there. But what if your relationship with your mum is problematic? In our latest blog post, novelist Koren Zailckas talks about her awful relationship with her own mum, which fed into her chilling novel … Read More

Jacqui Rose talks about the idea behind Dishonour

  Ask any author about how they write and you’ll find a variety of different ways to achieve the same goal. A finished book. Some of us plan meticulously; planning chapter for chapter. Some of us have an overall arc of how the story will pan out… Read More

Luke Delaney answers your questions, part 2

Last week, Luke answered some fan questions all about his background and history with the Met and CID. Today, he’s on the blog answering some of your questions about his writing. Read on to find out how he writes, what triggers his imagination, how his plots take shape and more…… Read More

Guest post from Anya Lipska: Notes from a Harrogate panel novice

Earlier this week we shared Kate’s trip to Harrogate last weekend, but what is the festival like from an author perspective? Anya Lipska shares her experience… Theakstons Crime Festival in Harrogate is Europe’s biggest crime fiction event and an annual highlight for writers and hardcore fans of the genre, so… Read More

Mark Sennen: Location, Location, Location

We’re very excited to welcome Mark Sennen to the blog today talking about setting the scene for Bad Blood…   There was, apparently, a writer called Doyle who set a story on Dartmoor. The story featured a large dog and a detective called Holmes. Other… Read More