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Favourite Crime/Suspense Authors – Part 2..

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This is the second part to my favourite crime/suspense authors post where I look at my favourite British authors. Once again this list will always be endless but I’ve picked a few of my all time favourites. The first part to this blog post can be read here.

Enjoy!


In no particular order: 

Lee Child

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Why I love them:

When Lee Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor was first published I was only three years old. It would be another ten years before I picked up the novel and had a read. I remember being very hesitant, mostly because at the age of thirteen I wasn’t entirely convinced I would enjoy a book that was packed with action and suspense with a male protagonist, especially one like Jack Reacher. Plus, at the time, I was already enjoying other novels that focused on detective fiction and from that I had convinced myself that, that was my favourite genre. Eventually however, I succumbed to the inevitable and picked up the book. Since then I have been a long standing Jack Reacher fan. It’s not just the character himself but each novels pulls you in with a new and taut plot. Lee’s writing style is brilliant and so entertaining. There isn’t a moment, in any of his books, where I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat. For a movie to have that affect on me isn’t unusual but for a book to have that impact on me just goes to show how cleverly written the novel is. The one thing that I really love about Lee’s novels is that the characters are three dimensional. Every character we come across has a backstory and not only does that add substance to the plot but it allows the reader to be able to understand each character in depth. I’m glad that I didn’t let my love for detective fiction restrict me from broadening my horizons when it came to suspense fiction because it allowed me to enjoy Lee Child’s incredible Jack Reacher series.

Favourite book: 

Worth Dying For – Book 15 of the Jack Reacher Series

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P.D. James

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Why I love them:

I remember when I read my first crime/suspense novel; I was twelve years old and I was reading P.D. James’ Original Sin. My first ever suspense read and I absolutely loved it. At the time I didn’t realise that it was a part of a bigger series based around the poetic detective, Adam Dalgliesh. P.D. James has always had a soft spot in my heart and it was also one of the reasons I decided to write my university dissertation (a special project written in the last year of study at university) on her debut novel, Cover Her Face. There’s just something about James’ style of writing that I can’t get enough of. Her novels have allowed my love for detective fiction to blossom. As well as that I’ve learnt how to appreciate detective fiction more through her wonderfully entertaining stories. When P.D. James passed away, it saddened me deeply because not only did I miss her as the wonderful individual she was but I also realised that I would never get the chance to read new material. Whenever I’m in the mood to relax and have a calm evening I pick up one of her novels and they transport me to another world of mystery, mayhem and so much more. Re-reading some of her best books for my dissertation was an absolute joy and I will definitely always be a fan of her and her novels. Her books are a reflection of her wonderful personality and incredibly crafted writing and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

Original Sin – Standalone Novel

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Peter James

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Why I love them:

Sometimes when you read a lot of books within this genre you begin to get picky about the types of books you want to read. At times a lot of crime and suspense books start to feel repetitive and eventually it becomes difficult to differentiate good from brilliant. Peter James is one such author that is without a doubt in the brilliant category. His voice shines in every novel and what keeps bringing me back to his books is his writing style and plot. His novels are real delight to read. At times so vivid that I can instantly imagine the events taking place. Every time I pick up a Peter James book I know for a fact that it will give me the chills from start to finish. His plot devices are just as great. Intriguing and mind blowing twists throughout the narrative add to the already thrilling novel. One of my all time favourite police detectives is Roy Grace and the credit for that goes entirely to Peter James, who has crafted a spectacularly endearing and fascinating character in Roy. As I read through the Roy Grace series, I developed a soft spot for Roy and everything we learn about him as the series goes on. He is without a doubt included in my favourite fictional characters list. Peter is up there with some of the greats and for me personally he is definitely one of the most skilled writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Favourite book: 

Dead Man’s Footsteps – Book 4 of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series

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Martina Cole

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Why I love them:

I absolutely adore Martina Cole and her wonderfully thrilling novels. I love female writers who can spin a good tale of mayhem and madness in a cleverly written crime novel and Martina Cole is as good as it gets. I remember my first Martina Cole novel – The Ladykiller – to this date, I have never read a crime book as terrifyingly brilliant as this and it is definitely one of my all time favourite crime/suspense books. From the thrills to the chills, Martina’s novels are a perfect recipe for crime and suspense fans and they’ll have you hiding away for hours completely engrossed in the hauntingly good storytelling. I remember when I first became a fan of Martina Cole’s, it was sometime during the climatic point of The Ladykiller and I remember thinking, this is one author who has completely trapped me in her web of crime fiction and I absolutely loved it! It’s hard to form into words just how much of an incredible writer Martina is and for someone who’s been reading her novels for years I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed, she’s that good. For those who are hovering over the line and unsure as to whether or not to venture into the crime/suspense genre, I recommend her books as a way to lead you in. Once you’re in, you’ll be hooked and will want to read page after page. Her new book is releasing in October, and I for one will be standing at the front of the line to pick up a copy.

Favourite book: 

The Ladykiller – Standalone Novel

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Mark Billingham

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Why I love them:

Ah where do I start with the wonderful Mark Billingham? I’ve read so many crime fiction novels now that it becomes a danger when I venture out into reading new authors because, ultimately and unknowingly I always end up comparing them to my favourites. When I first read a Mark Billingham novel I was instantly transported into a world of deceit, intrigue and mayhem. What makes a Mark Billingham novel different is his voice that shines in his writing. His way of weaving a compelling plot was truly remarkable and I became instantly hooked. I realised pretty quickly that Mark’s books are in a league of their own and it would be criminal to compare them to other novels. He doesn’t need a overly entertaining way of explaining things in his novels, simplicity is the key and it’s what kept me turning from page to page. Mark’s novels are a part of his Tom Thorne series. His leading protagonist Tom Thorne, is a lead Detective Inspector and although he may sound similar to a lot of male detective leads in other crime novels, he’s completely different. What I really love about Tom is his unpredictability. Nothing is set in stone for him, literally. We don’t learn much about his background in the first novel and it’s only through the progression of the novels do we find out about Tom’s personality attributes. For me personally, this is what makes Mark stand out as a crime/suspense fiction author. He doesn’t delve straight into the life of his leading protagonist, he lets the crime tell the story. Each novel focuses, of course, on a crime but unlike many authors, Mark puts the crime at the forefront whilst throwing in small little bread pieces in relation to Tom’s character. I love reading about how a character develops from novel to novel and Mark Billingham does this superbly in his crime fiction novels, that are a complete joy to read!

Favourite book: 

Bloodline – Book 8 of the Tom Thorne Series

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Crime and suspense is my favourite genre alongside the romance and I can’t possibly imagine a life without crime fiction and for that I am grateful to all the crime/suspense authors out there. You can find the first part to my favourite American crime/suspense authors post here. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley..

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Blurb:
Izzy has broken off her engagement to her feckless fiancé Kieran and returned to her childhood home – the sleepy village of Halfhidden.

She soon realizes that life in the village is anything but peaceful – for one thing she’s living with her mad aunt Debo and her pack of dogs, for another, Izzy has a lot of unanswered questions.

When she was a teenager, Izzy was involved in a terrible accident, involving various inhabitants of Halfhidden. As she sets out to discover what actually happened on the night of the accident, she realizes that her painful past is actually standing in the way of her future happiness. So when a handsome stranger comes to Halfhidden will she let love back into her life?

Review:
Trisha Ashley’s seventh novel and my second read of the author, Creature Comforts is a fantastic summer read with enough charm, warmth and fun to keep you entertained throughout.

The plot of the novel revolves around our protagonist, Izzy, who has just recently broken off her engagement and returned to her childhood home, the village of Halfhidden. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the blurb and saw that the novel would have a dose of suspense in addition to the romance and Ashley does not disappoint. The suspense is brilliantly interwoven into the plot and plays a key part in Izzy’s happy ending.

I absolutely adored Izzy and the supporting characters in the novel as they enhanced the entertainment factor in this story. Izzy is a very likable character, we see her grow so much as a person and I commended her attitude throughout the novel. As well as being easily relatable, she shows true bravery and strength in the way she deals with certain incidents that occur in the story. She doesn’t stop striving for her happiness and all her hard work does indeed pay off.

The suspense is only a small part of this novel, and the story itself is so much more than that. The romance is, in typical Trisha Ashley style, warm, engaging and absolutely gets you hooked from the start. Rufus is a fantastic, enigmatic hero that I’m pretty sure all romance readers are guaranteed to swoon over him. He’s the perfect balance to Izzy’s crazy life and brings a certain charm to the village life.

If you happen to love idyllic villages, where community life is the key then this book is for you. There’s something for everyone in this book from romance to suspense to moments of hilarity. This novel is a perfect for readers who love a story that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and keeps you engaged and entertained throughout.

Trisha Ashley never fails to deliver and Creature Comforts is a wonderfully charming, at times funny, romantic story that I think all die-hard chick-lit and romance fans should definitely give a go!

Overall Rating: 9/10

If you would like to find out more about Trisha’s novels, you can do so on her official website. You can also follow Trisha on Facebook and Twitter.