Weekly Wrap Up July 12th

Hi everyone,

I’m a bit late with this as I didn’t get near my iPad until now! This week was another busy week on here! I managed to blog 6 times, with a mix of reviews, guest posts and a blog tour. I also managed to read 4 books, which brings my goodreads tally up to 104 books read so far this year 😊

I had two great guest posts from Judy Clemens (JC Lane) and Wendy Walker this week. I had read both of their books earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed them. You can catch those posts by clicking on the relevant links below:

JC Lane Guest Post

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Wendy Walker Guest Post and Review

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I read and reviewed 3 books, the 4th I’ll explain about at the end. These books were vastly different, so the variety was a nice change to the norm. These are what I reviewed:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Heavenfield by LJ Ross

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You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

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Lastly, I had the honour of closing out the blog tour for Michael Wood. This was a fun post because I got to bombard him with random questions as well a post my review 😊

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood Blog Tour

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I was lucky enough to be approved on Netgalley for The Deviants by CJ Skuse, and I finished it today. I have no review as of yet because it’s not out for months. I will say it was brilliant, and it left me super emotional, which rarely happens!

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going to Dublin and meeting some fellow bloggers and some authors too. I was more than a little starstruck sitting beside Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver and Lying In Wait. It was a lovely afternoon of bookish chat, and we also had a Blind Date With A Book which was fun! I also managed to visit two bookshops so I didn’t come home empty handed 😂

So, that was my week! How was yours? 😊📚

Wendy Walker Guest Post and Review

Championing Wendy Walker this week so I’m lucky enough to bring you a guest post from the author herself along with reposting my 5⭐️ review!

Wendy Walker is the author of All Is Not Forgotten, a harrowing twisty psychological thriller that I was lucky enough to read before publication.



About the book:

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.


My thoughts:

I had seen a lot of buzz surrounding this book on social media before I was lucky enough to get a copy! #mysterythriller was everywhere so I was dying to know more about it!! There was definitely a reason for the hype, All Is Not Forgotten is a superb read!

The book is narrated by Jenny’s psychologist, and is interspersed with first person narratives from the other main characters. The was the book is written makes it very easy to follow.

The premise is excellent. What if you could erase the memories that exist from the attack? How would you deal with the aftermath of such a controversial treatment? How do you explain the emotions that still exist even though you can’t remember the actual assault happening?

All Is Not Forgotten is a spectacular thriller, it twists in places you wouldn’t have ever expected! Right from the outset you are invested in the story, as eager as Jenny and her parents to discover the perpetrator of the heinous crime.

At times, the book may be hard going for those of a sensitive nature as the attack is described in great detail and there were moments for me where I felt more than a little uncomfortable while reading it.

That being said, All Is Not Forgotten is an absolutely riveting read. It kept my attention from the very first page and did not let me go until the very last full stop. It completely exceeded my expectations, and left me feeling more than a little bit emotionally rung out by the end of it.

I cannot recommend All Is Not Forgotten highly enough. This book is character-rich, full of tension and it keeps you reading until you come to the unexpected yet brilliant final few chapters. It just doesn’t let up, in the best possible way!
Now read on to see what Wendy Walker has to say about Good Charlotte/ Bad Charlotte…
One of the most gratifying moments in the publication of All Is Not Forgotten was a conversation I had with actress and producer Reese Witherspoon, and her partner Bruna Papandrea at Pacific Standard. They were excited to produce the film and we were discussing the themes and characters in the book.


Usually, conversations about the novel focus on Jenny and the issues surrounding memory science and the treatments for PTSD and trauma. These are fascinating issues, but All Is Not Forgotten has many other relatable topics that were meant to make the story thought provoking as well as entertaining. One of those topics has to do with Charlotte Kramer, our young victim’s mother, and the character Ms. Witherspoon felt so passionate about that she plans to portray her in the film.


When I gave the first fifty pages of the manuscript to my agent, she said to keep on writing! Everything was working – but what was I going to do with the mother? She was coming across as unlikeable and that is usually not good for a main character who is not a villain in the story. I told her not to worry – I had a plan for Charlotte that would change everything she thought and felt about her. Confronting this challenge was one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing this book. Every time I got to a section where I could be Charlotte, I felt a twinge of excitement because I knew readers would get her in the end.


As the story unfolds, we come to learn about Charlotte’s past, what drives her, what scares her, and what is at the heart of her internal conflict. She has built a perfect life and is emotionally unable to see it tarnished in any way. But why? And why does she do things herself that could destroy this life she is fighting so hard to protect? 


We come to learn that there are two selves living with Charlotte – Good Charlotte and Bad Charlotte. Good Charlotte has dominated, and is responsible for the perfect life with Tom and their children in the bucolic town of Fairview. But Bad Charlotte lives in the shadows, rattling the bars of the cage she has been relegated to since Charlotte’s dark childhood. Good Charlotte must let her out in small ways in order to keep her locked in her cage. It becomes a force she cannot suppress. The only way to stop it is to pull Good Charlotte from her pedestal and live an authentic life as just Charlotte – the good and the bad – exposed to the world.


What I love about this theme, and what resonated with Ms. Witherspoon and so many other people I have met with, is that we all have aspects of this fractured self. We all think things we do not say out loud, do things we wish we hadn’t, and desire things that are not good for us. We are all flawed in this way, and that is part of what makes us human. I think readers will hear a voice inside saying “yes!” when Charlotte is deconstructed, because they will see themselves in her. They will relate to her. And those are the connections between readers and characters that make books stay with us after the last page is turned.


My thanks to Wendy Walker to this brilliant post. All Is Not Forgotten is out July 12th, and you can preorder your copy by clicking HERE.

Happy reading 😊📖

JC Lane Guest Post

So, today I’m joined by Judy Clemens aka JC Lane, author of Tag, You’re Dead which I reviewed last week and you can read that review by clicking the link below:

Tag, You’re Dead by J. C. Lane

 
Judy has done a guest post on book conferences, so without further ado I’ll hand you over to her! 😊

Why Book Conferences are Awesome

By J. C. Lane

Ever been to a book conference? It was amazing, right? Books, book people, events about books, even whole rooms committed to selling books…what could be better? Book conferences have been incredibly important to my writing life from Day One. From a pre-published author to today I’ve received so much from them. Here’s how I break it down:
Pre-published: Malice Domestic, Bouchercon, Mid-Atlantic Mystery, a writers conference in New Orleans I can’t remember the name of (It was the early nineties!), they were all kind of like when you go into Staples and can’t believe how heavenly it is to be in the midst of all of those office supplies. I was surrounded by the coolest people! I attended panels with agents and editors who spoke about what they were looking for in an author (and not looking for!), workshops on how to write a thriller/mystery/police procedural, and ways to craft a successful query letter. I attended sessions by famous authors like Sue Grafton and Ann Rice (I even went to an event at Ann Rice’s house!), and began feeling my way through the vast world of writers and what they were about. It was amazing and intimidating and wonderful, and I learned so much.
First published book: Once Till the Cows Come Home came out (written as Judy Clemens) I attended conferences mainly to promote the book and get my name out there. I had the opportunity to sit on panels with other authors and talk about books in a new way. People would actually ask me questions, instead of the other way around, and I felt like maybe I knew a little bit about the business. (Of course I still had so much more to learn, but didn’t realize it yet!) I enjoyed getting to know other authors and readers and people in the industry, and had a ball hanging out with colleagues from my publishing company, feeling like part of the Poisoned Pen Posse. I attended workshops on self-defense and poisons, and even went to a gun range. Great hands-on experiences!
Multiple books: After publishing more books in my Stella Crown series, my stand-alone Lost Sons, and beginning the Grim Reaper books, conferences became not only about getting to know readers and promoting my books, but about spending time with people I had grown to know and love throughout the past decade. Readers, writers, and other people in the industry had become dear friends I was able to see only once a year. We communicated on-line, of course, but those precious weeks at conventions were a time we could be with people who see the world in the same way – through book-colored glasses.
The Present: This summer I have a new book coming out. I’m hitting it hard with promotion, book signings, blogs (like this one!), speaking in classrooms, and finding other ways to help people discover the joys of reading. But of all the marketing, I’m really looking forward to Bouchercon and Magna cum Murder, both of which I’ll be attending this fall. Conferences have grown to be a place where I can not only hang out with my peeps and help readers become acquainted with Tag, You’re Dead, but I can give back by volunteering “back stage,” by helping others find ways to get involved, introducing writers to readers, and nudging newer authors in directions that can further their own careers.
It’s a great community to be a part of, no matter which conference is closest to you, which is best suited to your interests, or where you fall on the writer/reader/industry spectrum. So much to enjoy. So much to learn.
So what are you waiting for? Register for a book conference today!
I mentioned several conferences. What conferences have you attended, and what was your takeaway?
J.C. Lane is the author of the thriller Tag, You’re Dead, which releases on July 5. She is also the author of the Anthony- and Agatha-nominated Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone Lost Sons. She is a past-president of Sisters in Crime, and has at least three writing projects going at any one time.
Links:

www.jclanebooks.com

www.bouchercon2016.com

magnacummurder.com

malicedomestic.org

@judyclemens1

 

 

Thanks so much to Judy for joining me today! 😊📖


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. 

Sign up to the newsletter, on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com, to read the first five chapters of Made to be Broken, exclusive content and giveaways.

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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 😊📚


Weekly Wrap Up June 6th

I’m a day late with this, but it’s our bank holiday weekend here in Ireland so I’m dragging out my weekend 😂

I managed to read 3 books this week;

  • Tag, You’re Dead by JC Lane
  • The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons
  • Valentina by SE Lynes

I’m on blog tours for the last two, and I’ve got JC Lane on my blog for publication day in July so I actually have no reviews to link up to for them! 😁

I’ve still had a busy week on the blog though! I had blog tours for Deadly Harvest by Michael  Stanley, My Girl by Jack Jordan and I had a guest post from author Nathan O’Hagan as well! Relevant links below:

 

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*

My Girl by Jack Jordan *Blog Tour*

Nathan O’Hagan Guest Post

I finally managed to get my review up for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry too! 😊

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I also posted my May Book Haul last week, and with 85 books on the list, it was quite a large one! 😂

May Book Haul
At the moment, I’ve got three books on the go as well because my TBR is not getting any smaller! The books I’m reading at the moment are:

 

Thats pretty much much it this week! Thanks for reading! 😊

Nathan O’Hagan Guest Post

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to welcome author Nathan O’Hagan to my blog. Nathan has kindly written a couple of posts for me today so without further ado, I’ll hand you over to him… 🙂


 

After spending most of his teens and twenties in various unsuccessful bands, Nathan eventually turned his hand to writing.  In 2013 he self published a short fiction collection, “Purge”. “The World Is (Not) A Cold Dead Place” is his first completed novel, though he has since completed one more and is in the late stages of a third. He has also written a screenplay and another series of short stories which he may self publish in the future. He regularly writes features and reviews for God Is In The TV and Sabotage Times.

Nathan grew up on Merseyside, rarely venturing away other than a brief stint in Carlisle. He now lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and two children, and works full time for the NHS.

 


 

I have developed a detachment from the rest of the human race. I don’t fear them. I don’t consider myself above them. It’s just that I genuinely loathe them. There is no reason. I wasn’t abused as a child. There were no traumatic events in adolescence, no heartbreak or rejection in early adulthood. Nothing to account for the person I have become. I shall offer no explanation, no mitigation for what I am. But whatever the reason, I have come adrift from mankind, and that is where I intend to stay.

Welcome to Gary Lennon’s world. It isn’t a cold dead place. You’ll like it there. You’ll see things his way and you’ll want to stay. But Gary’s therapist has other ideas. He thinks Gary should get a job, meet people and interact with the real world. Look out, people. Look out, world.

“Gary is an anti-hero for our times, Everyman and the Outsider rolled into one, and his zeitgeist will explode off the page and roll down your chin with each mounting episode.” John Lake (author, Hot Knife)

 

“Nathan O’Hagan is a very talented writer.”

Kevin Sampson – Awaydays, Powder, The House On The Hill etc.

 

“Dark, funny, shitty, violent and moving. A Birkenhead OCD sufferer is forced to work in Call Centre. If you want a book that will make you laugh throughout try this.”

James Brown – Sabotage Times, talkSPORT, founder of Loaded.

 

Check out Nathan O’Hagan’s book here: The World Is {Not} A Cold, Dead Place

Facebook: Nathan O’Hagan

Twitter: @NathanOHagan

 


 

 

When I eventually clicked ‘save’ having completed my first novel, I thought the hard work was done. I’d been through edits, re-writes, re-drafts and title changes, eventually arriving at what I thought, or at least hoped, was a pretty decent novel. Now, all I had to do was find a publisher. I wasn’t naive enough to think this would be simple. The novel I had written, which I had eventually entitled “The World Is (Not) A Cold Dead Place” wasn’t a particularly  easy sell; set in Birkenhead, it tells the story of a misanthropic loner, Gary Lennon, struggling with OCD and various other anxiety disorders and mental health issues. Gary has very few friends (and seems intent on alienating those), strained relationships with his family, and explodes when his carefully honed routines and rituals and disturbed by the few social interactions he is unable to avoid. When he is forced off benefits and has to take a job in a local call centre, his world is turned upside down. Although there is a lot of humour in Gary’s outbursts, his rants also take the reader to some fairly dark places, and I knew that, while some would relate to him, others would find him very hard to like or even empathise with. The dialogue is also generously seasoned with the kind of language that might make Irvine Welsh blush. As I say, not an easy sell.

I was well aware that the publishing industry had become more risk averse than ever, and knew I would receive plenty of rejections before that one acceptance. I just wasn’t quite prepared for how many rejections. For the most part, given the swiftness and generic nature of the rejections, I was pretty sure many publishers weren’t even reading past the synopsis, if even that far. I had a niggling suspicion that many were simply seeing an unknown name and throwing it straight onto the ‘reject’ pile. I also had a feeling many of those who did bother to read it weren’t even getting past the word ‘Birkenhead’. Of the few that gave me any genuinely feedback, it was, surprisingly, universally positive. I received praise for the grittiness, the truthfulness of the characters, and particularly for the dialogue. The novel was compared in various quarters to the aforementioned Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and Brett Easton Ellis, three of my favourite writers. ‘You write well’ one London agent told me, which, for some reason, stood out to me amongst the name checking and comparisons. A major international publisher, based in London, asked to see the full manuscript. When they eventually got back to me, they emailed me a few pages of more praise, some notes and suggestions, but at the end of the message was the dreaded phrase ‘but it’s not quite right for us’. I had now heard variants of that phrase several times. ‘Not quite what we’re looking for at the moment’ and ‘a little too dark’ also cropped up, along with one credible indie publisher telling me it was just a little too similar to something they’d published the year before.

This was all incredibly frustrating, far more so than if they had simply told me I was crap. That I could accept; knowing that I written something that seemed to be genuinely pretty good, but not being able to get anyone to bite, that was harder to take.

Still, it was enough incentive to keep going, but repeated rejections had certainly dented my enthusiasm for the pursuit, so I started work on a second novel, occasionally sending off another submission for ...Cold Dead Place but almost being beyond caring when the rejections trickled through.

Then, purely by chance, I happened across some bloke called Mick McCann on Twitter. Someone I followed had retweeted a post of Mick’s, saying he was actively seeking submissions for his indie publishers Armley Press. Looking into it, Armley Press, based in Leeds, described themselves as ‘Northern, punk publishers’. Well, as a Northerner (albeit one by now living in Northamptonshire) and a punk, this instantly caught my attention. They were also looking for gritty, sweary, realistic work, and I felt my novel fitted the bill. Armley Press had been set up by Mick a few years earlier to publish his own book “Coming Out As A Bowie Fan In Leeds” and his encyclopaedia of Leeds “How Leeds Changed The World”. Mick then also published a novel by his friend John Lake, who had had similar experiences to me when trying to get his own novel “Hot Knife” published. “Hot Knife” is a funny, violent and searing tale of drugs and gangs in Leeds, and the first part of an eventual trilogy. Mick couldn’t believe John’s London agent hadn’t managed to find a publisher, and offered to put the book out for him. John then joined forces with Mick to re-launch Armley Press, and to widen their remit and find more original writers who had been overlooked by the mainstream, not because of lack of talent, but because they didn’t fit the safe, no risks model the industry now seemed, for the most part, to be following. I contacted Mick via twitter and he told me to send the manuscript to John, who selected what they wanted to publish. John instantly responded well to it, sending me emails about passages he had enjoyed, and within a couple of weeks had told me he wanted to publish it. Better still, beyond having done a bit of copy editing and reformatting, he didn’t want me to change a single word.

We published on 21st August last year, and I couldn’t believe the response. Within a few weeks we had far outsold my expectations, thanks in no small part to some very generous promotion from media figures such as James Brown and James Endeacott, and writer Russ Litten.

This word-of-mouth factor has maintained a slow trickle of sales. Clearly two blokes from Leeds will never have the marketing reach of the big boys, but by trying to get the book into the hands of people they think will like it, they’ve tried to be creative to offset that disparity. I won’t be giving J.K. Rowling any sleepless nights in the bestseller stakes, and I certainly can’t afford to give up the day job, but what Armley Press have given me, and several other writers since, is a voice. When people like John and Mick, in their own rights superb writers, experts on pop culture, and all round raconteurs tell you, in all sincerity, how much they love your work, you get something you may well not get with a large publisher (not that I’d know, of course). They were willing to put their name to my book, and to put it out there. That, and the feedback I’ve had on Twitter and Facebook, from people I’ve never met who have enjoyed the book, some voraciously so, has made the struggle to get published worthwhile.

 


 

Huge thanks to Nathan O’Hagan for taking the time to do these guest posts for Bibliophile Book Club! 🙂

The Dead Can’t Talk… But Nick Quantrill can!

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See what I did there?! 😂 I know, my puns are terrible, but I had to come up with something!
Aaaaaaanyway, day 2 of a week of blog posts featuring Nick Quantrill, and I’m lucky enough to have a post about Unorthodox Protagonists. I don’t know about you all, but I’m suitably intrigued 😉

So without further ado, I’ll hand it over to the man himself…

Unorthodox Protagonists (by Nick Quantrill)
Undoubtedly, the police novel dominates the crime fiction field. The professional police officer, often a Detective Inspector, investigates the worse humanity can offer, sometimes over stepping the mark, but inevitably righting the wrongs that have been committed. The dominance of the sub-genre means it’s saturated with novels, and not all of them are great. But for all the generic heavy drinking detectives with broken personal lives, we have many inventive interpretations. Eva Dolan’s Zigic and Ferreira series set in Peterborough’s Hate Crime Unit and Luca Veste’s Murphy and Rossi continue to redefine what we can expect from a police novel.

It’s only fair to confess that I once tried to write a police novel. It was terrible. Really, really terrible. It borrowed heavily from Rankin’s Rebus series, essentially seeking to map my home city of Hull in the way Ian maps Edinburgh. It wasn’t for me as a writer, and besides, David Mark has very much nailed down the Hull cop novel with his excellent DS McAvoy series.

I had to do something different. The Joe Geraghty trilogy featured a small time Private Investigator. But Geraghty isn’t the wise-cracking, whisky drinking type of guy who has a femme fatale stumble into his office every other day. It was important to me that he reflected his surroundings. Over the course of the trilogy, Hull moved from being voted the UK’s ‘Crap Town’ title holder to 2017 UK City of Culture, and it’s opened the door to more stories I want to tell. But could he open the door to the rich and the powerful, the kind of people suddenly interested in an isolated northern port city? All I knew was that I didn’t want to write a police character.

I spent some time experimenting with different protagonists, but settled on Anna Stone and Luke Carver, who are both introduced in “The Dead Can’t Talk”. I need to confess that Stone is sort of a police officer. She’s a Detective Constable with Humberside Police, but is on an enforced break after overstepping the mark when investigating the disappearance of her sister. Luke Carver is a man she’d previously arrested, but he’s now out of prison, drifting and looking for a fresh purpose.

They’re brought back together when Carver is handed a videotape, a piece of evidence which might just unlock the mystery of Stone’s sister’s disappearance. It won’t be an easy road for either of them. Their recent history means they can’t trust each other and have to develop an understanding. They’re different, but also the same, an irony they both come to recognise. Can they continue to work together and what form will any agreement take? I’m still peeling back the layers and am excited to find out for myself. But I do have a police character in mind to develop in the future…

 
About Nick Quantrill: 




Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire.
His acclaimed Joe Geraghty crime novels, featuring a small time
rugby league player turned Private Investigator, have mapped the city’s journey from being branded the UK’s Crap Town winner through to being crowned 2017 UK City of Culture. “The Dead Can’t Talk” marks the start of an exciting new series and introduces readers to Anna Stone, a disillusioned police officer, and Luke Carver, a drifter freshly released from prison. Still exploring a rapidly changing Hull, the settings may be local, but the ideas and issues resonate on a much wider basis.
Also a prolific short story writer, his work has appeared in various volumes of “The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime”. In 2011, he became the first person to hold the role of ‘Writer in Residence’ at Hull Kingston Rovers, contributing exclusive fiction to the matchday programme and assisting with the club’s literacy programme. A regular fixture at events, he’s taken to the stage at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, Crimefest and Iceland Noir, as well as numerous libraries around the north of England.

www.nickquantrill.co.uk
@NickQuantrill

 

About The Dead Can’t Talk:

How far will Anna Stone, a disillusioned police officer on the brink of leaving her job, go to uncover the truth about her sister’s disappearance? Approached by Luke Carver, an ex-Army drifter she’s previously sent to prison, he claims to have information which will help her. As the trail leads from Hull and the Humber’s desperate and downtrodden to its great and good, an unsolved murder 25 years ago places their lives in danger, leaving Stone to decide if she can really trust a man who has his own reasons for helping.

Click this link to purchase–> The Dead Can’t Talk by Nick Quantrill

 

Huge thanks to Nick for his guest post! I have The Dead Can’t Talk on my TBR so there will be a review up just as soon as I’ve read it! 😊