The Thrill Week Blog Hop

Thrill Week is here! Mwahahahahahaaaa!!!

It’s finally here – Thrill Week – where myself and 6 other blogs will be celebrating all things crime fiction (one of my favourite genres). Pop on over to host Marce’s blog (Tea Time with Marce) to see her answers to the following questions and then have a peek at these lovely bloggers too – you’re bound to get some ideas and inspiration about which books you should be reading:

Best O’Books

Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Mental Foodie – A Book and Food Lover


  So to kick off the week, here are my answers to the questionnaire:


1) What is your favourite genre out of Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Horror? Why?

I think I would have to say mystery. I love a good whodunnit and especially love trying to work out the perpetrator as early on as I can (what I especially love is, despite being a seasoned crime fic reader, the author can still fool me).

2) Who are your top 3 authors in those genres?

Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, Mary Higgins Clark.

Both Gerritesen and McDermid I love because of their ability to pull me in from page one with promises of high body counts, red herrings and clever psychological and forensic detail. I like intelligent crime fiction and these two are among the best for me. Mary Higgins Clark, on the other hand, is my Queen of Comfort in the crime genre. Her books are pretty formulaic but that’s what I love as I know what I’m going to get and she has never failed to deliver. I think MHC is a fantastic author who gets overlooked a lot but, for me, if I ever need a comfort read then she is at the top of my pile (and despite her books being formulaic, I hardly ever guess whodunnit until the end).

I am really excited to have have interviewed Mary Higgins Clark last year and I also have interviews with both Tess Gerritsen and Val McDermid coming up shortly so keep an eye out for those 🙂

3)Tell us who your favourite male and female authors are in the genre?

Female: Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths, S J Bolton, Karen Rose, Tana French, Lisa Gardner

Male: Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, Steig Larsson, Peter Robinson, James Patterson, Robert Goddard

Interestingly enough, I was able to immediately write down all the names of my favourite female authors, but with the exception of the first two males I had to go off and check what books I had read (which was accompanied by many “oh yeah”‘s) Wonder why that is?

4) What book do you remember loving but don’t remember the details?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I read this when I was in my early teens and again in my twenties but I don’t remember a thing about it other than there are 10 people who are called to an island and one by one they are killed off and the reader has to try to work out who is doing it. I could read it again today and still have no idea until the end. In fact, I really must read it again – it’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it!

5) What has been your favourite book this year so far:

ThrillerThe Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

MysterySacrifice by S J Bolton

SuspenseBefore I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

HorrorCarrie by Stephen King

  6) What series or trilogy would you recommend ?
  Rizzoli & IslesTess Gerritsen (Fantastic Detective / Forensic Pathologist duo who solve some really interesting and unusuak crimes between them. My favourites!)

Hill & JordanVal McDermid (Detective and Criminal Pyschologist who work together to solve serial killer cases and really get into the mind of the perpetrators. Brilliant series!)

Ruth & NelsonElly Griffiths (I love these two! Detective and Forensic Archaeologist who solve some old and new crimes when bones have been found. You gotta love Ruth & Nelson!)

The Millenium TrilogyStieg Larsson (Swedish Journalist, Blomkvist, gets involved in some high profile cases with the aid of his rather unique sidekick, Lisbeth Salander.)

Inspector Alan BanksPeter Robinson (Set in the Yorkshire Dales where it’s supposed to be rural and sleepy except bodies keep turning up, leaving Inspector Alan Banks to investigate. Great series.)

Gretchen LowellChelsea Cain (Not for the feint hearted. Gretchen Lowell is sick, sick, sick but you can’t help but read about her exploits).

  7) Recommend 1 or 2 books that you think more around the blogosphere should read
  If you want a proper crime, serial killer type book then you should definitely read Retribution by Jilianne Hoffman. I loved this book – pacey, gripping, creepy. Just brilliant!
  For something a little gentler then I would recommend Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. It’s a great book and I never saw the twist coming at the end!

  8 What authors have you tried and look forward to reading more from them?

Linda Castello – I have read her first book in a series of crime books set in the Amish community, Sworn to Silence,  and loved it so I am looking forward to reading the next two

Jane Casey – Has written 3 books and I have only read the second one, The Burning, which I loved.

Karen RoseI have only read her latest book, You Belong to Me, and I really enjoyed it and am very excited to know that I have 10 more of hers waiting to be read!

Stephen Beckett – Againm, I have only read the first one (The Chemistry of Death) out of the 4 books he has written so far with the same lead character so I have more to look forward to.

Jilianne Hoffman – Despite loving Retribution (see above) I still haven’t read the other book by the author but I do have it at home so I am looking forward to diving in to that one.

  9) What authors in the above genres are on your TBR list but you haven’t tried yet?  Who should I read soon?
  I am always on the look out for new crime ficiton authors so I am open to suggestions.  Based on my likes, which authors or books do YOU think I should be reading?
  Have you seen anything you like? Do you already any of the authors above or do you think you might give any of them a go? And don’t forget those recommendations 🙂

  I will be doing another Thrill Week post on 6th September and I have the MOST AMAZING GIVEAWAY too! A total of  FIFTEEN BOOKS to giveaway so make sure you drop by!


The Accident by Linwood Barclay

In three words:

Crash, lies, fraud



What I thought:

We all have those authors whose books we have enjoyed so much that we practically count the days down until the next one is out. Linwood Barclay is one of those authors. I had read three of his books previously and was so excited to receive this one too. While it was still up to it’s usual standards of in terms of pace and whodunnitness (hee hee) I have to admit that it is not my favourite of his books.

No surprises (form the title and the cover) that The Accident is based around a car accident in which Sheila Garber, young wife and mother, is found dead at the wheel of her car after a head-on collision with another car which killed two people. Grieving husband Glen can’t get his head around being told by the police that Sheila was found to be 7 times over the drink drive limit and also driving the wrong way up the off-ramp. In the days after Sheila’s death, Glen and Sheila’s 8 year old daughter, Kelly, goes to stay at her friends house for a sleepover but soon begs to come home in a hurry when she overhears her friends mum on the phone when she is hiding in her bedroom. Kelly has heard something that she shouldn’t and her friends mum wants her kept quiet. That night sparks a series of events that seem to involve Sheila (making him wonder if he knew his wife at all) and he starts to fear for his daughters safety…

As with all Barclay’s books, they race along at startling speed and rarely give you time to pause for breath; that’s what I love about them. He doesn’t write about serial killers or delve into the pyschology of a character, merely concentrates on plot and dishing out those twists when you least expect them. Being a huge crime and thriller fan I do find myself trying to work out (often successfully) “whodunnit” right from the off, and although I did guess something major that happened in this one very early on, I was also delivered another shocking surprise at the end that pleased me as I hadn’t seen that one coming.

Verdict: If you’re a fan of Barclay, you will love this. If you haven’t read his books yet, then you absolutely must but start with Too Close to Home or No Time for Goodbye.

  Have you read any Linwood Barclay yet? Which one is your favourite?



(Source: I received this book for review on my Kindle courtesy of Random House on NetGalley)

Dare you read it? What is spooking our favourite authors?



They write the books we love reading; some of them even write crime ficiton to tease and terrify us. But what scary books do our favourite authors read themselves? What sends them scurrying back under the covers? Let’s find out….

Lindwood Barclay



Linwood Barclay is the author of four crime fiction novels including No Time for Goodbye. He has chosen Carla Buckley’s The Things That Keep Us There as his scary read.


Linwood Barclay's choice

 The scariest book I’ve read in a while is The Things That Keep Us Here, by Carla Buckley. It’s not a traditional horror novel, but a thriller about an outbreak of avian flu. Vampires, aliens, serial killers — they can be pretty scary, but at some level you think, this really couldn’t happen to me. Certainly  not  the vampires. But Buckley’s novel is set in a middle America and features people we know. And when the epidemic hits, and unleashes its terrors, you can’t help wondering what you would do if this kind of plague hit your own community. The story is rooted in today’s headlines. I found, when I put this book down to do other things, I was still thinking about it. 



Elly Griffiths 

Elly Griffiths is author of the forensic archaeology crime series, starting with The Crossing Places.

Elly Griffiths' choice

  My favourite ghost story is M.R. James’ Oh, Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad. For me it has everything a ghost story should have: a wonderful setting on a lonely East Coast beach, a buried object, a tantalising clue, a ghostly wind and night-time horror which may be nothing – and yet may be something. Just reading the title makes me shiver and yet, in the end, the ghost may be nothing but a pile of old clothes….



R J Ellory

 Roger J Ellory is the author of several crime fiction books including A Simple Act of Violence, A Quiet Belief in Angels, Candlemoth, The Anniversary Man and his brand new book Saints of New York.


R J Ellory's choice

 I was thirteen years old.  I was ill with chicken pox at boarding school and quarantined.  It was a twelve-bed room, and I was in there alone.  The door was locked.  Through the round porthole window of that door was a long black-and-white checkerboard tiled corridor.  Every once in a while I would hear the nurses’ footsteps outside.  I would hurry to the window, but by the time I got there whoever had been out there had disappeared into another room.  Hence I kept hearing people who didn’t really exist.  And then I decided to read ‘The Shining’.  Unnerving, disturbing, unsettling, creepy, provoking fitful sleep and disturbed dreams right to the end.  Half the book I didn’t really understand, and half of it scared the hell out of me.  It was the first time I was truly aware of the power that fiction possessed to evoke an emotional response.  I have read the book again since, and not only is it a great book, but it reminds me of how I felt at thirteen years old.


Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger is the author of the fabulous steampunk Parasol Protectorate series – the first three books in the series are Soulless, Changeless and Blameless.



I’m going to suggest Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” I read this story first in High School and it has stuck with me ever since. There is something about not only the creepiness, but also the clean directness of the writing, and seeing an event from the mind of evil that only Poe can handle with such elegance. Oh, and it scared the hell out of me.



Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is the author of this years Man Booker nominated book, ROOM.



Emma chose The Road by Cormac McCarthy. 

“THE ROAD, by Cormac McCarthy, scared the bejaysus out of me.  I found his vision of a destroyed Earth – vague in the details of how it happened, but precise in the descriptions of the grey, cold wasteland that resulted – dreadfully credible. And the idea that human emotions such as parent-child love go on in an even more intense form, after the apocalypse, didn’t comfort me but scared me even more.  The idea that love might come down to: do I shoot my child now before the cannibals catch him?”



Katherine Webb

Katherine Webb is the author of this summer The TV Book Club’s The Legacy.



Katherine has chosen Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd as her spookiest read.

” Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd is set partly in the present day, with a detective struggling to solve a series of grisly murders in London; and partly in the eighteenth century, as architect Nicholas Dyer begins to use ritual violence and the black arts to plant a dark heart at the centre of each new church he builds. Past and present converge in a chilling, uneasy and intense story that perfectly captures the foggy, secretive and dangerous atmosphere of a bleak London underworld. Ackroyd’s vivid prose style truly brings his settings to life, and pulls you into them. I was looking over my shoulder for weeks after reading it!”


Gabriele Willis

 Gabriele has written a number of novels set in and around Muskoka in Canada including The Summer of the Storm. She has chosen Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House as her spooky book.



 I think that the two scariest books that I’ve ever read and liked – no gore – are “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson, and Stephen King’s “The Shining”. Both were read in the 1970s, so a long time ago, but some things just stay with you, don’t they? – even though on dark and lonely nights you wish they wouldn’t! Fortunately, my husband is not away on business trips much any more! The movies don’t do either book justice, especially the 1999 version of “The Haunting”, despite the big name stars (Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta Jones). The 1963 version was much spookier, although I was only 13 when I saw it and it scared the hell out of me for years – had to sleep with my light on!

Anyway, Shirley Jackson was a good writer, and Stephen King can make a fire hose or a hedge seem like the most sinister thing. I read and liked his early books, but he lost me with “It”.



 So what do you think to this collection of spine-tinglers? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Dare you read them?


Next up is…….What’s spooking the book bloggers?