Killer Reads’ Summer Reads

Category: Team piece

I like to think of reading as vacation from real life. You can escape down the narrow streets of Rome whilst speeding through The Da Vinci Code, enter the twisted minds of serial killers whilst on the tube and add up all the clues as a detective whilst you wait for your bath to fill up- but what about reading WHILST on holiday? Is that a holiday on a holiday?  It’s starting to get a bit too Inception for me…

Anyway, this summer has been no stranger to some great reads and us Killer Readers have been reading and holidaying a-plenty.

Here’s what the team have been reading whilst jetting off this summer!

Kate: Crime books I read on holiday (desperately casting my mind back…) include Fall from Grace, by Tim Weaver – the first of his that I’ve read, but am now keen to go back to the start of his series; and Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little, which I was given at Harrogate, and thought was very pacy and entertaining. Non-crime reads included Friendship, by Emily Gould, a witty, engaging story of two friends living in New York, and the ups and downs of their relationship as they try to make something of their lives; and We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, which has a brilliant twist, and is a great beach read. I was also lucky enough to read the brand new Logan McRae novel from Stuart MacBride, The Missing and the Dead. Logan is back in uniform, in a new location, and you’re all in for an absolute treat when this comes out in January.

My photo was taken in Antalya, in Turkey. Had one night there on the way to Oympos, and came across one of my favourites on the bookshelf in the hotel! I get excited by small things…

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Katie loved The Missing and the Dead! You might too, order yours now

Lucy: With trips to both Italy and Cornwall this summer, what better time to read S.J. Parris’s latest novel, Treachery? Set in Plymouth, Parris’s latest triumph is so atmospheric that I half-expected to be ambushed every time I walked down a back-alley. And imagine my delight when, in Italy, I spotted a street named after our very own Giordano Bruno! The holiday season also gave me the perfect opportunity to get stuck into Ben McPherson’s haunting and compelling novel, A Line of Blood (out next year), which I’d been excited about reading for ages. I was on holiday with friends at the time and I’m ashamed to admit that I spoke barely a word to any of them until I reached the end. Finally, I read Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm, which was every bit as good as the first in the series, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. At nearly 800 pages, it’s a pretty hefty tome but absolutely, totally worth it.

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Named after one of our Giordano Bruno!  If you want to check out Treachery by S. J Parris too, buy it here now!

Katie S: This year my husband and I took a very delayed honeymoon, travelling around the islands of Cape Verde for two and a half weeks. It feels like another lifetime ago, but it was really a wonderful holiday – we went hiking, saw whales from our hotel balcony, went to the beach… absolutely bliss! Here I am reading in the hammock outside our room at one of the hotels we stayed at. I got through a LOT of books while we were away (so many that I had to start raiding the hotel libraries everywhere we went), but the best book I read while I was away was definitely The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling). I absolutely LOVED it. Such a great set of characters and so interesting to read something so different and SO good from the author of the Harry Potter series. If you haven’t read it yet, I thoroughly recommend it, and The Silkworm, featuring the same set of characters, and which might be even better!

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Katie M:I’m a little late to the party but I FINALLY read Gone Girl on holiday! I was immediately hooked and couldn’t put it down – my boyfriend pretty much got ignored for the whole day! I’m so excited for the film to come out next month, I hope it does the book justice.

 I also read Broken Monsters, the latest terrifying thriller from Lauren Beukes. I thought The Shining Girls was brilliant so had very high expectations for Lauren’s next novel – and I can safely say I was not disappointed. This dark tale set in Detroit has various plot lines, which weave together into one epic, page-turning, jaw-dropping novel! I love Lauren’s writing style, she brings the story so vividly to life – I’m just glad that I was reading it on a bright sunny beach with lots of people around me, otherwise I think I would have had some serious nightmares!

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Read ‘Broken Monsters’ by Lauren Beukes too and buy yours now!

Yasmin: This summer, I enjoyed a staycation in a very sunny London, and an equally sunny Milan. Sitting on the River Thames, I devoured the Ice Twins – a tale of mistaken identity, lies, and a family trying to keep themselves together on the isolated Scottish Isle of Skye. I couldn’t put this one down and the sun was setting when I hungrily turned the last page! It also made me really want to go and visit the island which sound haunted but absolutely stunning too. Other great reads I holidayed from real life to this Summer include I am Pilgrim which read like a Hollywood blockbuster and Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. The vampire inspired rewrite of Jane Austen’s classic from the Austen Project by Borough Press. It was such a fun read, and made me want to pick the original again to compare too.

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In a tiny little bookshop in Milan! Fancy something a bit lighter? Why not read ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Val McDermid now?







Stuart MacBride visits South Africa

Category: News

Last month, Stuart MacBride visited South Africa for a whirlwind tour of meeting with bookshops, readers, radio presenters and other authors. Here are some of the highlights from his visit!

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

The BIG Event! at Indulgence Cafe in Northcliff, Johannesburg
Stuart MacBride in conversation with Margie Orford (the queen of South African crime fiction)

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

The Jenny Crwys-Williams Show (presenting her Wednesday book show – themed Masters of Murder – live in front of a studio audience).
From left to right: Jenny Crwys-Williams (Radio 702), Stuart MacBride, and South African crime author and blogger Mike Nicol.

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Crime and Entertainment event: High tea and panel discussion
From left to right: Andrea Marchesi (publicist at Jonathan Ball Publishers), Stuart MacBride, South African crime author Gareth Crocker, Talita van Graan (Exclusive Books Events Coordinator)

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Display of Stuart MacBride’s latest release for sale at the Crime and Entertainment event: High tea and panel discussion with Stuart MacBride and South African crime author Gareth Crocker.

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Launch of Close to the Bone at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.
Stuart MacBride in conversation with John Maytham (talk show host on Cape Talk radio, also hosts a crime fiction book show on Fridays)

Stuart’s latest book, Close to the Bone, is out in paperback next week! You can pre-order it now or download the eBook straight away right here.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival… It’s nearly here!!!

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The biggest crime fiction festival in the WORLD kicks off tomorrow, and excitement levels are rising!

As I write this, and as you read it, some of the best & brightest authors in the land are making their way to Harrogate. Some from other lands too – Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls, is flying in from South Africa tomorrow, and will be joined on her panel South of the Equator by antipodeans Helen Fitzgerald & Michael Robotham. This one is taking place on Saturday at 3.30pm.

On Friday, Andrew Taylor (who has just been awarded the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for an unprecedented third time!) is taking part in a discussion of Victorian Crime: Fact or Fiction, chaired by Sarah Pinborough at 12pm.

On Friday night at 10pm, Charles Cumming will chair a panel for Fleming Fans, featuring Sam Bourne (pseudonym for Jonathan Freedland), JJ Connolly and Gregg Hurwitz. Late night chat amongst Bond fans… sure to be a lark!

On Saturday night, lucky fans get the chance to mingle with their favourite authors at a celebratory themed James Bond Murder Mystery Dinner. It’s 007 Style in honour of the 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale. Charles Cumming and SJ Parris are among the author hosts.

Finishing up for HC on Sunday morning we have the legendary Stuart MacBride taking part in the intriguingly entitled panel Slaughtering the Sacred Cows, chaired by Mark Lawson at 10am. Some members of the audience may be blurry eyed, but have no fear, Stuart is worth the effort!

If you are planning to be at the festival at all, please do let us know – we’d love to catch up! For those who can’t make it this time, rest assured I’ll be tweeting live from the event to keep you in the loop.