Rebecca Bradley *Guest Post*

Today I’m delighted to have the lovely Rebecca Bradley at Bibliophile Book Club as part of her blog tour for Made To Be Broken, the second DI Hannah Robbins novel. 😊

*The first book in the series is Shallow Waters*

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About Rebecca:

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course. 

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About Made To Be Broken:

A rising death toll. A city in panic.

A young mother is found dead in her home with no obvious cause of death. As DI Hannah Robbins and her team investigate, it soon becomes clear that the woman is the first in a long line of murders by poison.

With the body count climbing, and the city of Nottingham in social meltdown, the team finds themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point.

And Hannah finds herself targeting an individual with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know

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And without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Rebecca…

 

How does my police experience transfer to the page?

First of all, I’d like to thank Kate for having me on her blog today, for giving me the space to ramble. The blogging community is one of the kindest I have come across. Thank you, Kate. 


Today, I’m going to talk about how, as a retired police detective, that experience, transfers to the page in a novel. I was a serving police officer for sixteen years and a detective for eight of those years. I worked on a specialist unit that dealt with sexual exploitation, so though I didn’t work homicide I do have a lot of experience with serious lengthy investigations. 


So, you’d imagine that being in that position as a crime writer now, would be a huge benefit for me and my job would be a whole lot easier. I’d be able to just type away and know what the story needed? 


You’d be partly right, but only partly and not a very large part. It does help me. It helps me with the procedure of the investigation, but as readers we aren’t picking up crime novels to read a police procedural manual, we’re picking up a crime novel, even a police procedural one, to read a story. And any police procedure in that story needs to be seamlessly layered within, rather than dumped in great big chunks. And that’s the difficult line I have to tread. 


Knowing the procedure, the investigative lines of enquiry that police follow every time they are on a case can make it very easy to info dump. Knowing readers want the authenticity from an ex-detective but not wanting to hit them over the head with it makes me actually quite anxious. How much is too much? Are reader going to get bored of hearing the procedure or have I not put in enough or not shown the authenticity they are expecting because I was in the job? 


If you have never worked in the police you don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t understand the police procedures or what it is you are missing out. You are focusing on the story. And the story is important. Real police work can actually be tedious and boring. There are long stretches of time where you have to sit at your desk and fill out paperwork, but red tape in the story would send your readers to sleep, so no, you can’t make a crime story completely realistic. You can only make it realistic to a degree. 


So, how does my experience transfer to the page? I’d like to hope that I strike that balance, that through my DI, Hannah Robbins, you get a peek into the life of a working detective, but you also feel what she feels on an emotional, personal level. How she feels about the investigation, because it’s written in first person PoV, so you work it with her. 


One thing I can say with confidence is that having had the chance to be a serving police officer and a writer is that I have been able to do two roles that I have loved and that makes me very lucky. 


Thank you again for having me, Kate. 


It’s been my pleasure hosting Rebecca today! Make sure you keep up to date with any news, releases etc with the following links:

Website: rebeccabradleycrime.com

Facebook: Rebecca Bradley Crime

Twitter: @RebeccaJBradley

Also, book links to buy & preorder:

Shallow Waters

Made To Be Broken (preorder link- out June 30th)

Thanks again for stopping by Rebecca 😊📚


*Rachel Abbott Kill Me Again Blog Tour*

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Hey everyone!

Today is my stop on the Kill Me Again blog tour! For any of you who don’t know, Rachel Abbott is the UK’s most successful self-published authors and Kill Me Again was released on the 17th of February.

 

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I’m delighted to be able to share with you Rachel’s Top Five Thrilling Reads, so without further ado, have a read! 😉


TOP FIVE THRILLERS

 

I have loved thrillers for as long as I can remember, and I’ve read so many brilliant ones it’s really hard to remember them all. I’ve chosen a few here, but I could have come up with a much longer list.

 

My favourite types of thrillers are those in which the investigation team are on the periphery. They may well have strong personalities of their own and play a vital role in the story, but essentially the story is about the victims and the perpetrators, so we see majority of the action from their perspective. There are a couple of exceptions in this list below, but they are all good reads – so much so that most have been made into films.

 

 

Misery – Stephen King – 

Every writer’s nightmare in the terrifying flesh, being kidnapped by a super fan who has mental health issues and a burning desire to keep you in one place by any means necessary. I have fresh respect for the plight of Paul Sheldon being forced to write a book to please the unhinged, violent Annie Wilkes every time I walk past a sledgehammer. This is a true thriller.

 

Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris – 

High-functioning psychopath and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter is approached by his darling Clarice Starling for help with another serial killer. Buffalo Bill skins his female victim’s corpses. There are a hundred reasons to love this book but I’m afraid I love it most for a gruesome one-liner involving a vest!

 

Before I go to Sleep – SJ Watson – 

The idea behind this book is brilliant. It’s the kind of idea that I’m sure most writers wish they had thought of first. The main character, Christine Lucas, has lost her life because she has lost her memory. Every night when she goes to sleep, her memory is wiped and so she records her daily existence to figure out who she really is. Gradually she discovers, through reading the diaries, that something isn’t quite right. But who should she trust?

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson – 

I confess that it took me a while to get into this book. The early part of the story didn’t grab me, but I am so glad that I persevered. The story has so many twists and turns and sub-plots that it is quite a mental work out. Larsson has several strands all leading to a story of rape, sexual assault and murder, and I loved the way the tiniest nuggets of information became so hugely important. And I don’t think I guessed who the killer was until the very end – always the sign of a good book.

 

The Body Farm – Patricia Cornwell – 

Any book that involves the death of children recalls Brady and Hindley for me, especially as I used to live in Saddleworth – the area in which this couple buried some of the bodies of their victims. In The Body Farm, Kay Scarpetta investigates the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl and it looks like the handiwork of a serial killer who has dodged the FBI for years. Unlike the others, this is more focused on the investigation – but as with most books by this author, that doesn’t mean that the main characters are safe from harm. Far from it. I particularl love the fact that an actual research facility for the study of human decomposition was the inspiration for the title and the plot.


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Ive read three out of the five books listed, and have the other two on my TBR so I must root them out and read them! 😉

 

***There’s also a giveaway running here and on Twitter for a paperback book and T-shirt saying ‘careful, or you’ll end up in my next novel’! All you have to do, is comment below or on Twitter with your favourite crime book OF ALL TIME. It’s that simple! A winner will be chosen at random, and their prize sent out!***

(UK & IRE ONLY)


Here’s some links if you want to keep up with Rachel Abbott:

Twitter: @RachelAbbott

Facebook: Rachel Abbott1Writer

Website: www.rachel-abbott.com