Monday, 28 July 2014 05:07

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Here’s news from across the pond.

Belinda Bauer won the £3,000 (about US$5,125) Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for her book Rubbernecker.

Bauer was presented with the award, which is marking its 10th year, on the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

Rubbernecker is described as the story of Patrick Fort, a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome, who examines a body in anatomy class and is faced with trying to solve a possible murder.

Other authors shortlisted for the award included Denise Mina and Peter May.

In addition, Lynda La Plante, at left, was named the fifth winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Oustanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award, joining previous honorees Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Colin Dexter and Reginald Hill.

British author La Plante is a screenwriter and former actress, best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series. Currently, she is working on a pre-quel to the Prime Suspect series.

But she also is a novelist with several series to her credit, including nine novels in her Anna Travis series. Anna is a young detective still learning to navigate crime detection and the politics of the police department. Wrongful Death is the latest novel in this series.

La Plante’s latest novel is Twisted, a stand alone about the investigation of a bright teenager who vanishes from a girls’ school

In 2008 La Plante was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity, and was presented with the esteemed TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel Above Suspicion, which is the first novel in her Anna Travis series, at the International Film and Television Festival Conference in Cologne.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 04:07

David Ellis’ pattern of involving stories was set in his first book, Line of Vision, which won the Edgar Award for best first novel.

Line of Vision wasn’t just a solid legal thriller, it was a poignant character study and a morality tale.

And Ellis isn’t just another attorney turned novelist. He’s about to be a judge.

He received the Democratic nomination for the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014. He will be unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014, after which he will become a judge.

Ellis’ last novel in his Jason Kolarich series was The Last Alibi, which came out last year.

Meanwhile, judge-to-be Ellis has become one of James Patterson’s co-authors. Their latest collaboration Invisible hit the ground running with spots on several best-sellers lists.

Invisible revolves around former FBI researcher Emmy Dockery who is obsessed with showing a link between hundreds of rapes, kidnappings and murders.

Invisible is the third time Ellis and Patterson have teamed up.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 05:07

The Hidden Child
is a massive novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg that looks at how Sweden was affected by WWII and the contemporay reverberations of that war.

But The Hidden Child (Pegasus Crime) also is the story of a family—how a new mother deals with her child; how a vibrant teenager grows into a cold, emotionless mother and how this affects her own children; how two brothers copy with a devastating 60-year-old secret.

Here’s a quick interview with Camilla Läckberg, left.

At the heart of The Hidden Child is a woman learning about the girl her mother was; you show the options and opportunities that Erica Falck has are vastly different than the choices her mother, Elsy had. Could you comment on that?
A lot of things has change between the two different generations, not the least to say regarding women’s rights. In the story I also can also compare their challenges and opportunities being mothers in two different moments in time.

Have you always wanted to write?
I have loved crime fiction since I can remember.

Does your background is as an economist ever enter into your writing?
I use my personal experience as much as I can, and whenever I mention an accountant or business man/woman I guess I share some of my acquired skills.

Tell us a bit about your personal life; married, children?
I have three wonderful kids who are my greatest live. I am divorced but have a very strong relationship with the children’s fathers. I call my family a star family and I’m so happy to have such a great relationship with my exes and their new girlfriends.

What character in The Hidden Child are you most proud?
Every character brings something unique to the story. However, I love the way I got to explore Erica’s courage in The Hidden Child. It feels that I got closer to her somehow.