Monday 5 November 2018

Hard Return by Rosie Claverton @rosieclaverton @CrimeSceneBooks #RandomThingsTours - My Life In Books

12 men locked in a compound
12 men watching their every move
1 man murdered
When Jason’s friend Lewis is trapped in a secret
prison compound with a murderer, Jason must go back behind bars - but Amy won’t let him go in alone. Hiding their intentions from both the convicts and their watchers, they work together to find justice for the murdered man while keeping their cover. As the danger mounts, Jason,
Amy, and Lewis find there might be no escape for any of them - except in death.

Hard Return by Rosie Claverton was published in paperback by Crime Scene Books on 4 October 2018

As part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour, I'm delighted to welcome the author here today, she's talking about the books that are special to her in My Life In Books.

Rosie Claverton - My Life In Books 

The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver   The crime novel that led me to fall in love with the genre – and inspired my protagonists in The Amy Lane Mysteries, with one limited in their exploration of the world and the other walking the world for them.

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter    This historical crime novel is set in 19th Century India and introduces the intrepid Blake and Avery. I love how Carter brings her world and characters to life.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie     I had the privilege to read this novel while travelling on the Nile, and it made the book come alive in such wonderful ways. Even though it seems to take forever to get to the murder, you don’t regret the journey.

None So Blind by Alis Hawkins    Set in the wilds of West Wales just after the Rebecca Riots, this excellent historical crime novel touches on issues of class, language, conformity, and disability with a deft hand.

London Falling by Paul Cornell    The first in the Shadow Police series, these fantastical crime novels are a treat – with a representative cast bringing a dark and desperate London to life.

HMS Surprise by Patrick O’Brian    I love the third book in my favourite historical series – though most will be more familiar with Master and Commander from the film of the same name. These books have everything, from sailing to natural history to espionage to surgery to romance.

A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean    These delightful books are what happens when Jane Austen meets Miss Marple and creates Dido Kent. Such a feel-good series, but with emotional and historical honesty at its heart.

Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise
This non-fiction book takes an overview of 19th Century asylum practices through a series of cases, and it’s a truly fascinating read.

Temeraire by Naomi Novik    Sailing ships and dragons are two of my favourite things, so why not combine them? If you prefer standalone fantasy, Novik’s Uprooted and Spinning Silver are also beyond excellent.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes    A time-travelling serial killer and a woman who refuses to be a victim. The fantastical elements really make this book.

Rosie Claverton - November 2018 

Rosie Claverton is a novelist, screenwriter, and junior psychiatrist. She grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. She then moved to London to specialise in psychiatry.

Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm. Her Cardiff-based crime series The Amy Lane Mysteries is published by Crime Scene Books.

Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction.

Recently returned to Cardiff, she lives with her journalist husband and their nearly new daughter.

Twitter: @rosieclaverton

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