Monday, 25 July 2016

Tastes Like Fear director's commentary

Written for the WH Smith blog as part of this week's build-up to the paperback publication on Tastes Like Fear on Thursday 28 July.
Battersea Power Station, the best and most evocative of London’s derelict landmarks, plays a central part in Tastes Like Fear. I’d been wanting to write about it for a long time, and this is the story where it belongs.
On publication day itself I am reading at the Polari literary salon in the Southbank Centre from 7.30pm. Do come if you can, it promises to be a terrific evening.


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Creative Thursday in Harrogate

On Thursday 20 July, Alex Marwood and I will be sharing our award-winning, bestselling crime writing secrets as part of Creative Thursday which kicks off this year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. It's going to be a great day and a great weekend. Do come if you can.

Details and tickets here


Friday, 17 June 2016

Dead Good Reader Awards


Thrilled to be on two shortlists for the Dead Good Reader Awards. Tastes Like Fear is contending for the Reader Recommends Award, and the Marnie Rome series is up for the Tess Gerritsen Award for best series. Much thanks to everyone who nominated me, and it would tickle me pink if you voted for me in these two categories. Thank you!

Full shortlists and voting here


Friday, 10 June 2016

Knocking on Highsmith's Door


The Sunday Times Crime Club has a link to my introduction to the new Patricia Highsmiths, as well as much else of interest to crime fans. Times Crime Club


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Patricia Highsmith's Gift for Killing

Here's a little feature I wrote for Virago's blog to celebrate the publication of their latest re-issues of Highsmith's novels.

Highsmith wrestled the descriptive ‘psychological’ from the broader tag of ‘crime fiction’ and for that we owe her a debt.

The new books, with beautiful new covers, are published tomorrow. The Two Faces of January is more complex and insidious than the film with Oscar Isaac. This Sweet Sickness is her most existential work. People Who Knock on the Door strips the pious veneer from suburban America.

All three are brilliant and brittle as only Highsmith's books can be. If you think heartsick unreliable narrators are a recent invention, you should and must read her.