The boys are back at school so we’re back to the daily routine of drop offs and pick ups and homework and having to remember which days the sports kit is required 🙂
The good news is that it means I have more time to focus on my writing. So here’s what I’ve been doing in September.
I gave Steve a draft of Scarborough Book Two at the end of August. He gave me his feedback at the end of the first week in September and now I’m busy working on the next draft, trying to incorporate his comments, all of which are spot on as usual! I’ve estimated six weeks for this current draft. As predicted the word count is going up all the time. I think I might have come up with a title, but I’ll save that for next month in case I change my mind 😉
I read my second Val McDermid book this month and enjoyed it as much as the last one. Beneath The Bleeding is a compelling story featuring a series of poisonings and a bombing that appears, on face value, to be Islamic terrorism. There is a feisty female Detective Chief Inspector and her team, but it is the criminal psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, with his psychological insights into the mind of the perpetrator, who makes this book more interesting than just a standard police procedural.
When I saw that the paperback of Career of Evil was only £3 (£2 cheaper than the Kindle edition!) then I just had to have it. We’re running out of shelf space in our house but I’m prepared to make an exception for Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) Cormoran Strike series. Career of Evil is the third book featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott and is the best so far. Someone is trying to destroy Strike’s detective business and frame him for murder. They start off by sending Robin a severed leg. This book really develops Strike and Robin’s personal stories which dovetail beautifully with the main mystery. The references to Blue Öyster Cult reminded me that I used to listen to their music as a teenager but the only song that I can remember is (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. It was a long time ago 😉
I’ve just re-read The Art of The Imperfect by Kate Evans. This is a beautifully written novel set in Scarborough. Although ostensibly a crime novel, it is much more an exploration of the inner lives of the three characters from whose perspective the story is told: Hannah, who discovers the murder victim and who is battling her own inner demons whilst struggling to complete a counselling course; Theo, the detective who feels himself to be an outsider in Scarborough; and Aurora, the imaginative new mother who is dealing with post-natal depression. What makes this book so unique is the pure poetry of the prose and the subtle blend of empathy and humour with which the author handles the interactions between the characters.
Jane Davis did a great interview on the blog this month, so if you haven’t read it yet, please check it out here. Her new book My Counterfeit Self is being released on 1 October 2016. I’m looking forward to reading it.
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