Thursday, July 4, 2019

Six mysteries that capture the essence of England's capital

Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. Sweet Little Lies is her first novel.

Frear's new book is Stone Cold Heart, her second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella.

At CrimeReads the author tagged six mysteries that capture the essence of London, including:
London Rules, by Mick Herron.

London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one: Cover your arse.

I’ve chosen London Rules, the fifth in the Jackson Lamb spy series, simply because of the obvious nod to the capital, but frankly, any of these novels can be picked up for a lesson in how to blend character and setting and lace it with a huge dollop of humour. The series follows the misfortunes of a number of exiled M15 agents (exiled for good reason) and at the heart of the rabble is head spook, Jackson Lamb—foul-mouthed, obnoxious with questionable personal hygiene standards. London Rules follows Lamb’s crew on the trail of a terrorist cell, with Herron perfectly capturing the zeitgeist along the way. Brexit. Addiction. Trial by media. Nothing is off limits. I defy anyone not to enjoy this series.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue