Category Gender

A multiplicity of female characters – Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir – #Giveaway

What Lilja does so well in her writing is tell an exciting, terrifyingly realistic human story through a multiplicity of female characters. The story is revealed through the roles of women; lover, hard worker, caring mother, controlling mother, scared wife, dying wife, alpha female and totally mental double-crossing psychopathic control freak.  I can’t recall another […]

The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

‘Many times during the course of his life he had wondered what was ultimately true and what was false. What was reality and what merely illusion, and how much of it was nothing but a web of words and thoughts in our own brains, a tapestry of our own making.’ (The Exiled, p.177) Our protagonist […]

Master and Commander

Where does a ‘crime thriller’ veer off and become ‘horror’? I watched a programme the other night with Andrew Marr, talking about fiction and in particular, crime fiction. He dwelt on the history behind this genre – in the days of Agatha Christie and the Country House murder – a ghastly crime (usually a murder) […]

Book Review: The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto (Trans. by David Hackston)

Sewing the Shadows Together

I first met Alison in Reykjavik at the crime writing festival Iceland Noir in 2014.  I filmed her speaking about her passion for Nordic Noir and crime writing festivals for my research.   I did not know she was a writer then as she never mentioned it so when I met her again at the Newcastle […]

Garnethill by Denise Mina

Originally posted on Ms. Wordopolis Reads:
Garnethill by Denise Mina Carroll & Graf, 2001 I bought my copy of the book. ? Garnethill is the first in a trilogy of books featuring Maureen O’Donnell, a reluctant PI in Glasgow. She recently returned to work at her dead-end job in a ticket booth after a stint…

Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 11 and 12

Originally posted on wandywatson:
Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 11 and 12 So how will it all end?  Will the main characters all survive?  Will Roban’s nosebleeds come to something sinister? Will the murders be solved? Will Marianne return? Is there any chance at all that Laure will manage to not lose her baby?…

Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 9 and 10

Originally posted on wandywatson:
Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 9 and 10 Slightly later posting this week, as I had the temerity to be away at the weekend.  I’ll try not to let it happen again. Judge Roban has summoned Stephane to his office again and asks those bringing him to take the handcuffs…

Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 7 and 8

Originally posted on wandywatson:
Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 7 and 8 Remember the dreadlocked boy that was with Laeticia last week? Well a few of you took great delight in telling me that the “dreadlocked boy” was actually a girl. Takes me back to the time where I thought a male acquaintance of…

Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 5 and 6

Originally posted on wandywatson:
Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 5 and 6 “Some strong language, violent scenes and sexual scenes from the start”. But they didn’t warn about the spider. The thousands, nay millions out there who have arachnophobia wouldn’t have been impressed with the start of episode 5. A rather large spider crawling…