Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Six of the best crime-in-the-family thrillers

Katherine Higgs-Coulthard became a writer on the limb of a Sycamore tree when she was in elementary school. Since then she’s written in abandoned buildings, cemeteries, parks, and even on a tall ship, but her favorite place to write has always been the woods. Higgs-Coulthard graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's in education and earned a master's degree from Indiana University, before completing her doctorate in Education through Northeastern University. She has taught kindergarten, third, and fifth grades. Now she trains teachers at Saint Mary’s College and offers writing camps and classes for children and teens through Michiana Writers’ Center.

Higgs-Coulthard's new novel is Junkyard Dogs.

At CrimeReads she tagged six favorite crime-in-the-family thrillers, including:
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Fifteen-year-old Mary Addison served six years in “baby jail” for allegedly killing a child left in her mother’s care before being transferred to a group home. The group home isn’t much of an improvement over jail, but it does allow Mary to volunteer at a retirement center where she meets and falls in love with Ted, a parolee from another group home. Mary has never talked much about the events that led up to her incarceration, but when she discovers she is pregnant and that the state might take away her baby, Mary decides it is time to talk. The story she tells paints her mother as a narcissistic abuser, but it is up to her to prove it.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue