By trying to inhabit both the best of true crime and crime fiction Chizman displays an admirable amount of creative ambition and playfulness. Of course some of the best work in true crime comes is in the first person, and to truely inhabit that position he has to write as himslef. There is the added bonus that this lends great authenticity to the time and place, but this is perhapse at the expense of the telling the story, and it feels to me that in this novel at least everything should be in greater service to the story.
Dust off the Bones: A crime fiction book
As someone who does not believe in an afterlife with punishment editions, and also would not strictly adhear to conventional ideas of reincarnation, death to me has always appeared to be a release from suffering. So the obsession with death as a punishment, the ultimate punishment, has always puzzled me, surely if punishment is really what you want then creating a worse life on earth is what is called for - and as we can see throughout history, we are really, really good at doing that.
Written in bone: A true crime book
It is a sign that Black is a talented writer, not just scientist, that she can translated these parts of ourselves, that literally no one ever wants to see, into not just a compelling read but an education tool that reframes our internal world.
The Maidens: A crime fiction book.
This is a work that undermines the notion of the contemporary realism as it is set half in reality, half in myth, half in the physical world, half in the mind. Being partly made of myth and mind, the reality The Maidens presents us with beyond physical buildings, and bodies is slippery, subjective and hard to pin down.
Interview: D.V. Bishop, crime fiction author.
This week our episode is another author interview. We spoke to David Bishop, author of City of Vengance. We chatted about Florence, nuns, historical research, diversity in charactors, and so much more. It was a fun interview to do, and I hope you enjoy listening.
Death’s Kiss: A Crime Fiction Book
Availible to pre-order through the TCF Bookshop. Profits go to support independent retailers and True Crime fiction Death's Kiss, by Josh Reynolds is published on 1st June by Aconyte and is a crime novel set in the fantasy world of the Legend of the Five Rings role playing game, which is losely based on feudal …
Author interview: CJ Cooper
This week Mairi is talking to CJ Cooper, author of The Book Club, and The Verdict. They talk about jury's, rape cases, the necessity of acknolwedging female violence, writing advice and much more. CJ's two books are availible in the TCF bookshop along with her recommendation for listeners, If I Can't Have You, by Charlotte …
Book Review: My Sister The Serial Killer
Buy the book from the TCF bookshop here. Every so often a book will come along which is just perfectly executed. I don't often ratebooks 5 stars, but My Sister The Serial Killer deserves it. Oyinkan Braithwaite manages to pull off a story with perfect pacing, depth, fully formed characters, and which manages to be …
True Crime Podcast Review: Bad Bridget, with hosts interviews.
You can listen to the podcast of this review here. Bad Bridget is a true crime and history podcast, with a sociological bent, from Queen's University Belfast, and Ulster University. This podcast however bucks the trend of a slew of academicly styled podcasts, by not sounding like a lecture given to an echoey, half empty, …
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Audiobook review: The Phantom Prince, my Life With Ted Bundy, Updated and Expanded.
Since Ted Bundy's death by electric chair in 1989 a veritable industry has grown up around him. One I am sure he would be pretty pleased with as he was an inveterained antention-monger. Most of what the recent Bundy circus has thrown up is the realisation (yet again) that really, really good looking people can …
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