Harry Bingham is a novelist and non-fiction author. His first crime novel is coming out in 2012 with Orion (UK), Bantam Dell (US), and elsewhere. He also runs the Writers’ Workshop. Which runs this blog.
What crime fiction do you enjoy? Raymond Chandler is my god. Where do you read? Bath n bed. Why do you love crime fiction? You can never have too many ideas for murder.
Creepiest moment. Ah, there’s this corpse, you see. Well, a few corpses. It is a mortuary, after all. And my detective thinks that she’d like to … Um. Well. Best not say what exactly. Special skills. Nothing fancy, a spot of krav maga maybe. Favourite victim. Rich people usually. Don’t know why. They just pop nicely.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Brit Grit and Noir Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? On the sofa When do you tend to do your reading? Late in the evening and early morning. Why do you love crime fiction? All human life is there.
Barb Ettridge is a writer of historical crime who has received some encouraging feedback. She expects to storm the gates of the publishing world any minute now. Otherwise there will be a lot of pouting.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Historical crime where organic methods and clues are followed.Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? Huddled under my axe murderer proof quilt.
When do you tend to do your reading? Late at night, with a background of sinister seagulls. Listen to one laugh and tell me its not plotting something.
Why do you love crime fiction? Crime fiction combines the wonder of a cryptic puzzle woven into the actions and emotions of those up to no good
My Weapon of Choice The ace of spades My Undiscovered Crime You know that whole thing with the cream puff? That was me My Most Wicked Lie I’ll still respect your corpse in the mourning My Best Disguise Barrel of rum My Favourite Lurking Location Behind the curtains
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? I prefer modern US crime, gritty entertainment in the style of Elmore Leonard and Denis Lehane.Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? I read at night in bed at my home in Thailand. Why do you love crime fiction? I love crime fiction for the thrill of the genre, which I try and emulate in my own works.
My weapon of choice. A hypodermic syringe filled with pure Chinese White (heroin).
My favourite victim. Rocky – a Thai thug – who I injected with the above and gave him wings.
My most satisfying killing. My wounded MC defeating a Chinese assassin in a lengthy and exhausting attack in his apartment only to be warmly greeted by another martial arts assassin. Using a broken whisky bottle my MC thrust it into the assassin’s femoral artery. I love femoral arteries – so satisfying…
Le Chef paralysed one victim with Fugu soup - then butchered him and cut up his leg for steaks. There’s a recipe for both in the story…
Victims are endless – watch out…
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Quick paced, contemporary and the quirkier the better – a unique idea, setting or usual character is what gets me hooked. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? In the bath, by candlelight. When you tend to do your reading? Early morning and late at night. Why do you love crime fiction? The thrill of the chase, the challenge of solving the puzzle – what’s not to love
My Weapon of Choice: three highly trained nijana chickens and a pitchfork My Special Skills: lassoing my target off the back of a galloping horse (yee-ha)! Number of Victims oh darling, you know what they say about curiosity! My Favourite Murder Outfit: it’s all about the shoes, and they’re burgundy leather cowgirl boots. My Favourite Lurking Location: behind a rocky outcrop in the Tucson desert
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? British over the last 100 years. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? In bed. When you tend to do your reading? Any time, especially if I can’t sleep.
Why do you love crime fiction? I like tales that have a twist & keep me guessing My Weapon of Choice 400 tons of train. Number of Victims Eight. My Most Wicked Lie Not using the characters names from the beginning. You have to deduce them. My Creepiest Moment Knowing there’s something sinister in the patch of fog. My Most Satifying Killing Trapped in the mail bag, waiting for the night mail to collect the live victim at 60 mph.
Tom Harper has written ten historical adventure/thriller novels that have been translated into twenty languages. He is a past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. His next novel is Secrets of the Dead, published in September.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Something cold and bleak and beautiful. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? On the East Coast main line. When do you tend to do your reading? The 19.00 from King’s Cross. Why do you love crime fiction? Because it asks the big questions about life – and sometimes lets us think there might be answers.
My Weapon of Choice – Webley revolver My Best Alibi – The shoeshine boy on State and 4th My Most Wicked Lie – I never lie My Next Target – In my crosshairs My Favourite Lurking Location - In plain sight
Stephanie Roundsmith is writing her first children’s novel but is an avid reader of crime fiction. She loves a good ‘who dunnit’ and makes an effort to watch one episode of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ everyday. (No, really that last part is true!)
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Anything with a good plot: R.J.Ellory, Graham Pears, Paul Doherty, Val Mcdermid. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? In bed or outside. When do you tend to do your reading? I try everyday on the afternoon or evening, but mainly in the evening. Why do you love crime fiction? I love a good ‘who dunnit’ and something that gets you thinking.
My Weapon of Choice – my tongue. It can kill a man at 50 paces Number of Victims – if I told you that I’d have to kill you, making that number 13. My Longest Stretch Inside – yesterday, when I managed to touch my toes and hold it for 5 seconds in the living room My Undiscovered Crime - the killing of . . . in the . . . with the . . .
Jackie Malton is known for being the inspiration for the character of the DCI Jane Tennison in the Prime Suspect drama written by Lynda la Plante. Jackie also works as an addiction counsellor in a male prison.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy?Psychological. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading?Anywhere. When do you tend to do your reading?Anytime I can. Why do you love crime fiction?I prefer to understand the why rather than the who dunnit
My Weapon of Choice- Overactive brain.My Special Skills – Talking. My Deadliest Move - Bore them to death with my special skill. Number of Victims – Anyone I talk to. My Best Alibi – Honesty. My Longest Stretch Inside- My alcoholism. My Undiscovered Crime – . I am a fraud. My Most Wicked Lie -To myself – that I am not enough
Neil Evans is a truck driving, ex debt-collecting writer that is currently working on his third novel, with a couple of others in a delayed state of production. He has short stories being looked at at the moment. He says that he hasn’t pushed his portfolio too much as yet.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? A mixture of well crafted American, European and British crime. A cross between Nesbo, Burke, Lehane and McKinty would be heaven. Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? In the armchair in front of a rarely used TV, next to the desk and computer. When do you tend to do your reading? When I’m struggling for inspiration to write, I pick up my book. Mind you if its good that can put you off….. Why do you love crime fiction? The escapism, the plots, the feeling of a story well told.
Weapon of choice - not that I’ve used one, but its got to be hard to argue with a flamethrower. Special skills - ability to unwrap a Yorkie without taking either hand off the steering wheel. Number of victims - do we count hedgehogs and rabbits? Best alibi - wasn’t me guv, must have been the agency driver. Longest stretch – across all 3 seats whilst trying to kip. Best disguise – I do a very lifelike impression of being overweight. You’d never tell!
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Short, sharp and punchy (Tony Black, Ken Bruen, Lawrence Block).Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? On the bus and in cafes When do you tend to do your reading? Before and after the day job.Why do you love crime fiction? To explore society and the human condition.
Weapon of Choice - Cheese-topped French stick from Asda. 45p and worth a lot more. Deadliest Move - The cross-court backhand. My Best Alibi - A big boy did it and ran away. My Next Target – My bookmaker. My Most Satisfying Killing – My previous bookmaker.
Skylark writes children’s fiction and has her foot wedged in the door of an interested agent. Her love of crime fiction dates back to reading Agatha Christie under the table during French and Biology at school.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy?Jeffrey Deaver has been my favourite crime writer for some time – I love his attention to detail and the twists and turns along the way that catch me out every time.Where do you conduct the majority of your reading?: In bed, in the bath, in the kitchen while I cook dinner… When do you tend to do your reading? Usually when the kids are in bed or watching telly, otherwise I don’t get to read more than ten words without an interruption!.Why do you love crime fiction?I love a puzzle and I love a satisfying conclusion.
My Favourite Victim: anybody stupid enough to go in somewhere dark and scary by themselves while thinking “this is a bit dark and scary, maybe I shouldn’t go in there by myself.”My Favourite Lurking Location: somewhere dark and scary. Mwahahahaha. Number of Victims: is directly proportional to the number of stupid people entering dark and scary places by themselves. My Favourite Murder Outfit: no one suspects a woman pushing a buggy…My Undiscovered Crime: will remain my undiscovered crime.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy?Philip Kerr (for the history and the wise-cracks); Peter Temple (for his dialogue); and Donna Leon (for sweet relief)..Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? Planes and trains Why do you love crime fiction? To feed my ruthless streak
My weapon of choice: a bare bodkin My special skill: dissection My favourite victim: the misplaced apostrophe My next target: the Oxford comma My favourite lurking location: in the margins.
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? Anything well-written which keeps me gripped right up until the end Where do you conduct the majority of your reading? Curled up on the sofa with a cup of coffee When do you tend to do your reading? When do I not? Why do you love crime fiction?Fabulous escapism that makes you think…and occasionally stay up at night listening for that bump in the night
My Weapon of Choice: My rapier wit , backed up by an evil sense of humour My Number of victims: Is increasing daily… My Best Alibi: Is being saved for when I really need it. My Most Wicked Lie: ‘Honey, of course I love you …’ My Best Disguise: A humble writer. Or a prgramme manager. You decide…;) My Favourite Murder Outfit: A red dress and killer heels. My Favourite lurking location: 1943 France. It’s not as hard to get there as people may think
Peter J. Earle – is a self-pub novelist with 2 published novels, republished by Matador in the UK. www.peterjearle.com
What crime fiction do you especially enjoy? All, but especially Persuit – on the run, trying to prove innocenceWhere do you conduct the majority of your reading? At home – I am retired, writing (and reading) whenever I please..When do you tend to do your reading? Whenever Why do you love crime fiction?I love the puzzle, the hints and clues, means and motives and how it all ties together
My Weapon of Choice: Oh, the snake, of course… preferably the mamba. My special skills: Being a hunter and tracker, I can choose whether to kill my client by hippo chomp or buffalo stampede or lion nip. My undiscovered crime: I did it so well that I now have to wait seven years for my rich uncle to be declared dead and have to knock my cousins off in the meanwhile. My next target: Seven cousins, of course! My most satisfying killing: will be cousin Cecil who used to bully me something chronic. This mamba that I know will get him while he’s poking about an anthill on safari…