Review: THE GIRL IN THE ICE, Robert Bryndza

“Heart-pounding, tense, and horrifying” THEY SAY: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is…

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“Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed,” SUNDAY MIRROR It’s Easter! And I don’t know about you, but I plan to put my feet up and enjoy a couple of days of well-earned rest…aka gluing myself to the sofa and reading my way through books like a locust plague munching through…

BLOOD TYPE: DAVID VIDECETTE

“I’m a big fan of detailed character biographies” CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every fortnight topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me. This week: DAVID VIDECETTE  Tell us about yourself… I’m a former Scotland Yard investigator in the Metropolitan Police with specialisms…

Review: BETWEEN YOU AND ME, Lisa Hall

“The narrative leads you skillfully along a path that is tense, violent, and full of deception” THEY SAY: They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened… Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy….

Facts, fiction & the FBI: ‘Chelle’s Book Reviews interviews me

“Midlife crisis, anyone?!” It’s still very strange for me, a journalist, to be on the receiving end of questions. It’s always been my job to ask, and now suddenly I have to, horror of horrors, answer them and talk about myself. I’m really not that interesting! But I’m finally starting to get used to it,…

THE NAME GAME: GETTING CHARACTERS RIGHT

“I’ve rejected possible names before, because they have sounded ‘made up’.” Complex plots, twists no one can see coming, deep psychological insight…all these things come easy to a writer compared to the one thing that many seem to struggle with: naming characters. They must seem real, suit the ‘person’, and give little clues to the…