During the excitement of publication week for A Patient Fury, I was still able to read lots of crime novels – the new Le Carre, Nicola Upson’s Nine Lessons and a couple of classic crime books. Thanks to everyone who took part in the competitions. All the winners have been notified (names can be found at the bottom of the posts) and their books sent. I’m now catching up with posts on some of the excellent books which I’ve not yet got around to reviewing, the first of which is Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow by Kate Griffin.
I’m a big fan of the Kitty Peck books, reviewing the first on Crimepieces. I caught up with the second, Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune before reading her latest outing but I’m relieved that each book can be read as a standalone which I always greatly value in a series. Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, her grandmother’s Docklands entertainment empire, and is determined to keep the business intact despite rivals circling. The absence of Lady Ginger, however, and the disappearance of her brother means that Kitty is vulnerable and forced to seek new allies.
Kitty Pack and the Daughter of Sorrow is darker than Griffin’s previous book as Kitty gets sucked into the Paradise underworld and, in particular, the grips of opium. This is a more vulnerable Kitty and yet the spark remains despite the trials of finding out who her enemies are. Griffin balances the darkness with glorious descriptions of Victorian London and its ill smells during a heatwave. There are some lovely new characters, particular Sam Collins, who was a delight to discover and, as usual, Griffin’s language is wonderful and suited to the rich and bawdy setting.
I suspect Kitty Pack and the Daughter of Sorrow will garner Kitty Peck new followers and encourage readers to pick up earlier books. This is a series going from strength to strength.
It’s been a while since I caught up with some of my own book news on Crimepieces and, as I’ve just come back from an inspiring crime fiction week-end, I thought I’d do a catch-up post.
Deal Noir was launched last year and I was a member of the audience listing to the fascinating discussions. This year I was on the debut authors panel talking about In Bitter Chill along with Simon Booker, SJI Holliday and Alison Baillie. Moderated by Andy Lawrence it was fascinating to hear about the other authors’ routes to publication. I’ve reviewed on this blog Holliday’s Black Wood and Baillie’s Sewing The Shadows Together and am looking forward to reading Simon Booker’s debut, Without Trace. Thanks to the organisers, Susan Moody and Mike Linane, for what was a great event.
A comment by a reader of Crimepieces reminded me that I hadn’t shared the cover of my second book, A Deadly Thaw, in any posts. I now have lovely covers for both the UK and US editions which are out in September. It’s interesting how the designers have interpreted the story for differing markets and I think they both look great. The UK cover is on the left. Both are available to pre-order in bookshops and on Amazon.
On Friday, as I was travelling down to Deal, my publishers Faber and Faber announced that they’ve bought by third and fourth books in my Bampton series. Book three, which I’m currently writing, is provisionally titled A Patient Fury and is set in the summer in the Peak District. I love being at the stage where the story is being put down on the page. Here’s the announcement in the Bookseller.
Thanks to everyone for their support of my writing. I love both writing and reading crime novels and it’s great to have the opportunity to do both. On Wednesday the Petrona judges will be getting together to choose the shortlist for the 2016 Award. It’s interesting how many good books are out there so it will be a tough choice. I’m looking forward to talking crime fiction once more.