First Monday Crime March 5th 2018

It’s nearly time for the March First Monday Crime event and I’m resharing my review for Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan who will be taking part in this one!

On March 5, some amazing crime writers will be doing the First Monday Crime night and you can reserve your free seat by clicking the link below to be taken to the First Monday website:

First Monday Crime-Reserve your tickets here!

In attendance for the March Panel:

Jake Kerridge- Moderator

Moderator for the evening, Jake Kerridge, writes on arts and books for a number of publications and takes an unhealthy interest in violence and murder as the Telegraph’s crime fiction critic.

Elly Griffiths- ‘The Dark Angel’

Elly Griffiths was born in London. The inspiration for her books about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway came from her husband who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist. Elly lives near Brighton but often spends holidays on the wild Norfolk coast. She has two children and a cat. The Dark Angel is the tenth in the Ruth Galloway series

Sarah Vaughan- ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’

Anatomy of a Scandal combines Sarah Vaughan’s experiences as a news reporter and political correspondent on the Guardian with her time as a student reading English at Brasenose College, Oxford, in the Nineties. Published in the UK, US, Australia, NZ, Canada and South Africa, it will be translated into 17 languages throughout 2018 and 2019. 

Anatomy of a Scandal is her third novel, her first courtroom drama/psychological thriller and her first book for Simon & Schuster. Married with two children, she lives just outside Cambridge and is currently finishing her fourth novel.

Matthew Blakstad- ‘Lucky Ghost’

Matthew Blakstad  writes pacy, character-driven fiction that explores the impact of technology on how we live and who we are. His first published story, Fallen Angel, a 100-page micro-thriller, came out in May 2016, followed by Sockpuppet, his first full-length novel. His second novel, Lucky Ghost, came out in July 2017. All three books are part of the Martingale Cycle, a series of standalone stories gravitating around a fictional computing pioneer and political radical called Elyse Martingale. 

Stav Sherez- ‘The Intrusions’

Stav Sherez is a British novelist whose first novel, The Devil’s Playground, was published in 2004 by Penguin Books and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger. Sherez attended Latymer Upper School and the University of Leeds. His latest work, The Intrusions, is a Sunday Times and Guardian Book of the Year.

My review for Anatomy of a Scandal:


Anatomy of a Scandal is one of “those books”. The kind where ‘just one more chapter’ turns into ‘oops, I’ve read the whole book’! Well that’s what it was for me anyway. I read the whole thing in just a couple of sittings.

I had been saving it until closer to publication to read, but I jumped at the chance to take part in the blog tour as it meant I could it sooner, and I am so glad I did!

Anatomy of a Scandal is a compelling and timely tale, full of secrets and lies. I found it difficult to see where it was going st times, and the subject matter i very dark. But Sarah Vaughan writes with honest and sensitivity that it ends up being a very cleverly woven tale.

The blurb is fairly self-explanatory, if a bit vague. So, in that vein, I’m keeping my review a bit vague too. I’d be afraid to give away any of the subtle nuances that are so intricately written into Anatomy of a Scandal.

The characterisation is excellent in this book. The reader will find themselves too-ing and fro-ing between the characters as much as the actual characters themselves. The plot is well-executed and compelling. It is not fast paced, but it tips along nicely from start to finish. It definitely kept me enthralled.

I think if you like character-driven books, moral dilemmas and their resolutions, then Anatomy of a Scandal should most certainly be added to your 2018 list.

Highly recommended!


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