A short interlude

I’m aware that it’s over three weeks since I last posted on Crimepieces.  First of all, to make my excuses, here’s what I’ve been up to. I’ve been finishing the first draft of my fourth book. The photo doesn’t give much away, I’m afraid, even the title but it’ll be the fourth book in my DC Connie Childs series. The narrative is split between the present day and the 1950s and it’s been fascinating to research this interesting decade.

At Crimefest in Bristol the 2017 Petrona Award for Scandinavian crime fiction was presented to Gunnar Staalesen for Where Roses Never Die. A really excellent book. I’ve now started to read for the 2018 award, beginning with The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. It’s a substantial book at 537 pages and Nesbo is always eminently readable. Translated by Neil Smith, the prose has you turning the page but, be warned, it’s the most violent Nesbo yet. The killer has a way of dispatching his victims that’s gruesome in the extreme and Nesbo cleverly uses the rise of social media, and Tinder in particular, to frightening effect. Lovers of Harry Hole will  be delighted but it won’t be for everyone.

I’ve also read two new books, one coming later this month and one early next year. Both were excellent. Kathy Reichs is best known for her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Two Nights marks a departure for her.  Her new protagonist, Sunnie Knight, is an ex police officer who is hired by a wealthy woman looking for her granddaughter. A bomb explosion killed other members of the family but the girl was lost in the confusion. Sunny heads to Chicago with enemies on her trail to track down the girl. The book is different in style and tone from Reich’s other books and is perfect for fans of Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky. Her new protagonist will easily carry a new series and I’m looking forward to reading more. Two Nights is out on the 29th June.

I then had a reading break as a number of books I picked up were put down again, unable to get beyond the first couple of pages. We all go through reading slumps like this, I guess. However, mine was revived by an excellent book, The Confession by Jo Spain. It’s a bit naughty including it here, as it’s not out until next year but it really is excellent. A woman watches her husband being brutally attacked and the next day the assailant hands himself in. We know who did it but not why and the narrative gradually reveals the reason behind the attack. I won’t say any more except that you’re in for a treat next year.  It was a delight to read. You can follow Jo Spain on Twitter @SpainJoanne.

I hope I’ve managed to pique your interest about some of these books including mine! We’ve three months to wait until A Patient Fury is out but I have some lovely things happening around that time. More soon.

I’ll also be appearing this month in the British Library at the Bodies from the Library event to talk about Elizabeth Daly. I’m a big fan and if any readers of Crimepieces are too do please let me know.

12 thoughts on “A short interlude

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Sounds as though you’ve been really busy, Sarah, and it all sounds fascinating. Wishing you much success with A Patient Fury when it comes out, and looking forward to #4!


  2. Sarah, I have read almost all of the Elizabeth Daly books about Henry Gamadge, and I loved the series, but it has been a long time since I read them. I do want to read the few I have not read and re-read the others.

    I was interested in the review of the Kathy Reich book because I have not read anything by that author. Maybe I will start with this one.

    And I am very glad to hear that you are working on your fourth book.


    1. Hi Tracy – great to find another Daly fan. I’m currently reading the books I haven’t read in the series and it\s great fun. She really draws you into the mystery. Hope all your reading is going well.


  3. Kathy P.

    Hello Sarah. I was beginning to think we weren’t going to hear any more about Harry Hole (I wonder how the Norwegian’s pronounce his name) so I’m really glad he’s back. I’ve got it on pre-order, and await the kindle transfer with bated breath!
    I’m very much looking forward to reading A Patient Fury when it’s released, and the 4th book as well. So much success with both.


      1. Kathy P.

        It must be a couple of years at least since the last HH book. Hope all is well with you too. All fine in Southampton, apart from the weather which really cannot make up its mind what it’s doing.


  4. kathy d.

    Can’t wait for A Patient Fury. Glad to hear book four is underway.
    Best wishes in all of your adventures coming up in the near future in all areas.

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