Wondering what to read this year? Look no further. The Killer Reads Team have put pen to paper to tell you what we’re most excited about publishing and reading in 2013.
Emad Akhtar, Assistant Editor for Crime and Thriller, says:
The books I’m most excited about publishing:
The Tower by Simon Toyne, marks the end of the Sancti trilogy, and will definitely be an event for all the people who have been following this story from Sanctus. You can read any of them on their own, to be honest – they are just amazing, slick, satisfying thrillers which take you to really unexpected places. I don’t think anyone’s quite doing what he’s doing with the genre; a really special mix of ancient themes and cutting-edge ideas.
And of course, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. If you’ve been following any of the buzz building around this dark, hypnotic serial killer story, then you’ll know that this is one to put everything on hold for. Lauren is a really rare talent, who can bend her imagination to any genre, shaping and mashing-up stories into highly original novels which no-one else could write. I think she’ll win a lot of new fans this year with The Shining Girls, if the early reviews are anything to go by.
Both these books are out in April and if you don’t read at least one of them, I will hold you in contempt forever.
Photo of Ovret, courtesy of Visit Sweden
So many books are based on real places, but how often do you get a chance to visit them? I’ve lived in London, so recognized the parts of town Monica Ali wrote about in Brick Lane. I’ve travelled to Edinburgh and seen the steep side streets Ian Rankin have described so well in his Rebus books.
Fjällbacka of Camilla Läckberg’s brilliant books, however, was a complete unknown to me, despite being a huge fan of her books. I’ve been reading all her books with images in my head that were a mix of the televised Henning Mankell-books and islands I’d been to myself. What a lovely place it turned out to be, though! I can see why Ingrid Bergman spent all her holidays there.
The hunt is on. Once again HarperCollins has teamed up with Alibi and Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate to unearth some of the country’s hottest new crime-writing talent, and who better to provide you with inspiration than the queen of the scandicrime scene, Camilla Lackberg?
So put your writing skills to the test and submit your own crime short story and you could win a fantastic holiday, a kindle and a library of 100 crime books including a signed Camilla Lackberg back catalogue! Entries must be between 1,000 and 2,500 words, must be entirely your own work and, in the spirit of Camilla Lackberg, must create the sense of place of your local region. Entries must be submitted here by noon on the 1st May. For further details and tips from Camilla on crime writing success then simply visit: theperfectalibi
Holiday courtesy of Visit Sweden and SAS.