I’m not a big fan of interviews, but I enjoyed Mystery Morgue’s interrogation of Sarah Weinman very much. Hard to go wrong, maybe, with the topic (crime fiction) and the subject (the genre’s best-known blogger, at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, as well as a coauthor of publishing news and gossip blog GalleyCat). Fascinating to read about Sarah’s history and success as a reviewer, writer and blogger — a mixture of talent, determination, good timing and (not to be underestimated) sheer hard work. Here are a couple of her "blurb" reviews from the sidebar of "Confessions":
Benjamin Black: Christine Falls: A Novel
Is this the bridge book between literary and crime fiction? I’ll debate that later, I suppose, but at the moment I’d rather wholeheartedly recommend Banville’s maiden genre foray because he gets it: understands the Grand Guignol aspect of families with corrosive secrets, gets the genre conventions while developing characters in all their unholy motivations, and writes within conventions without looking down upon them. But I must say, I can’t wait to see the reviews and reaction upon its publication in March.
Chris Mooney: The Missing: A Thriller
It’s been a few years since Mooney’s Edgar-nominated REMEMBERING SARAH came out, but the wait produced this excellent and scary thriller that fans out from the night a trio of faltering friends stumble across a rapidly developing nightmare. Left to pick up the pieces is Darby McCormick, now a crime lab tech with a case that will put her through newfound and shocking variations on her previous hell. Mooney surprises with unexpected plot twists and grabs the reader with empathy for his understandably guilt-ridden (but supremely capable) protagonist.