Today is my stop on the blog tour for Marnie Riches’ new book The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows and I’m super excited to have a guest post from the lovely Marnie to share with you all today! 🙂
First off though, here’s all you need to know about Marnie and her previous books in the series…
About the author:
Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. She swapped those for the spires of Cambridge University, gaining a Masters degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, renovate houses and paint. Oh, and drinking. She likes a drink. And eating. She likes that too. Especially in exotic destinations.
Having authored the first six books of HarperCollins Children’sTime-Hunters series, her George McKenzie crime thrillers for adults were inspired, in part, by her own youth and time spent in The Netherlands as a student. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction.
The George McKenzie series so far:
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die:
But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.
And the killer has a very special part for George to play…
A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!
The Girl Who Broke The Rules
When the mutilated bodies of two sex-workers are found in Amsterdam, Chief Inspector van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red-light-district erupts into panic.
Georgina McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK’s most violent sex-offenders but once van den Bergen calls on her criminology expertise, she is only too happy to come running.
The rising death toll forces George and van den Bergen to navigate the labyrinthine worlds of Soho strip-club sleaze and trans-national human trafficking. And with the case growing ever more complicated, George must walk the halls of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, seeking advice from the brilliant serial murderer, Dr. Silas Holm…
Of course, the next book in the series is:
The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows
The third edge-of-your-seat thriller in the Georgina MacKenzie series. Fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo won’t be able to put it down!
Europe is in the grip of an extreme Arctic blast and at the mercy of a killer, who leaves no trace. His weapons of choice are razor-sharp icicles. This is Jack Frost.
Now a fully qualified criminologist, Georgina McKenzie is called upon by the Dutch police to profile this cunning and brutal murderer. Are they looking for a hit man or a frenzied serial-killer? Could there be a link to a cold missing persons’ case that George had worked with Chief Inspector Paul van den Bergen – two abducted toddlers he could never quite give up on?
The hunt for Jack Frost sparks a dangerous, heart-rending journey through the toughest neighbourhoods in Europe, where refugees and Roma gypsies scratch a living on the edge of society. Walking into the dark, violent world of a trans-national trafficking ring, can George outrun death to shed light on two terrible mysteries?
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Without further ado here’s Marnie’s fab guest post for Bibliophile Book Club…
What’s next for George McKenzie?
It’s very difficult to talk about my future plans for George without giving away a little of what happens in The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows. So I must be careful not to litter this post with spoilers about my own book! But what I would say is that George is a character who is so complex and does such interesting work as a criminologist that she is never going to be short of professional adventures, personal trials and tribulations in her private life.
I’ve read the odd review on Amazon – not just for my series but for the novels of fellow crime writers, too – bemoaning the fact that main protagonists in the genre are often flawed in some way, i.e. alcoholics or terrible womanisers or socially odd loners. And yes. Dr. Georgina McKenzie is terribly flawed. She has a short temper and is slow to trust others. She’s argumentative and contrary. She suffers from borderline OCD at times in her life when she’s under extreme stress. Chief Inspector Paul van den Bergen, who is as much of a star of the series as George, is addicted to prescription painkillers, suffers from anxiety disorder and despite being head over heels in love with George, is a shocking commitment-phobe. But I would argue that it is these flaws that inspire readers’ sympathy and drive the stories forward. Without adversity in a character’s life, there is simply little scope for dramatic tension. That makes for a very quiet read – not something I’m interested in writing in the least. So, it is the contrariness of George’s character and the complexity of her backstory that suggests what might happen next…Relationship angst – tick. Mother-daughter squabbles – tick. Danger at every turn – big tick.
When I was planning The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows, I knew I wanted to write a story that continued to explore themes of international trafficking, the psychology behind brutal criminality and the darker side to sexuality that appear in books one and two. George is a little older in this third novel – she is 26 and now qualified as a criminologist, working on studies in women’s prisons as well as researching people-trafficking – and she needs to be. The novel tackles the tricky subjects of child pornography, paedophilia and child abuse, though I hope I’ve addressed them with a sensitivity and seriousness that informs but never glamorises such dark, emotive topics. Though she has been fearless to the point of recklessness from the outset (usually fuelled by her short temper and fierce loyalty), twenty-year-old George in The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die could never have faced the emotional trials that twenty-six-year-old George does in The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows. So, in the short term, the future for George holds danger and darkness, lightened by a domestic backdrop we can all recognise of relationship anxieties, family squabbling, office politics and financial woe.
But what will happen beyond this third book? Do George and her pals have a future? Well, given that crime is the ultimate world-traveller, I think we can safely assume that if a fourth book were to appear, George and Van den Bergen’s fight against organised crime and trafficking might lead them beyond the tough streets of S.E. London, Cambridge’s ivory towers and Amsterdam’s canal network once again. Perhaps George will wash up on distant shores in pursuit of the bad guys. Given her propensity to become entangled in the dodgy dealings of the underworld she is trying to study and given George’s knack for courting high drama in her personal life, I think it’s safe to say there might well be more international thrills in store for our coolest, mouthiest, brightest, most kick-ass heroine!
Huge thanks to Marnie Riches for joining me on the blog today! You can follow the tour and catch up with previous stops on these brilliant blogs!