Welcome to DAY TWO of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
I could not do this week without mentioning one of my favourite female authors; Val McDermid.
McDermid was a journalist after leaving university before penning her first novel in the Lindsay Gordon series; REPORT FOR MURDER
Since then, McDermid has gone on to release many standalone books, as well as books in four separate series; Lindsay Gordon, Inspector Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and my personal favourite; Tony Hill & Carol Jordan.
THE MERMAIDS SINGING was the first in the Tony & Carol series, but it was THE WIRE IN THE BLOOD that sparked my love of McDermid. A novel featuring a TV presenter, who, in front of cameras was charismatic, charming and handsome. Away from the screens and his wife, there was a more sinister side to his personality which manifested itself against young girls who craved his attention.
As I mentioned, THE WIRE IN THE BLOOD is one of those books that gave me chills and pushed my limits to what I could read and enjoy, without being turned off. Each new crime book I read now has a high expectation…..