1) In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson
This was the very first crime novel I ever read so it will always have a special place in my heart. I remember falling in love with the blurb on the back of the book as it’s partly set in the second world war, partly present day and for some reason the theme just captured my imagination. I love Robinson’s main protagonist of DCI Banks, his feisty relationship with Annie Cabott and the author’s strong sense of location.
2) Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Baillie
I still find it really hard to believe this is a debut novel, the writing is so assured. From the moment I picked this book up I found it unputdownable. It’s a great book about family dynamics, secrets and lies. It was a fabulous read and I’m thrilled that Alison’s currently working on her second! I literally can’t wait for it to be published!
What I absolutely love about Goddard’s novels (and I’ve read every one of them) is his amazing ability to hook the reader with his relentless twists and turns. This was the first novel I read by this author and I was totally hooked. Spellbinding writing which is not easy to pigeon hole! Loved it!
BIO: Tana Collins is an Edinburgh based crime writer. She is the author of the Jim Carruthers detective series, set in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. The first in the series, Robbing the Dead was described as ‘A police procedural that delights the reader with its strong sense of place, ‘Tartan Noir at its best,’ says bestselling author, Sarah Ward.
Thanks Tana for mentioning my book – in such illustrious company!