I like crime fiction.
I've been for a drink in The Oxford Arms in Edinburgh (but I didn't order Inspector Rebus' favourite - a pint of heavy) and wouldn't miss any of the televised versions of Wallander (I eventually warmed to all the actors playing the troubled Swedish detective created by all-round-good-guy Henning Mankell but the definitive version has to belong to Krister Henrikson).
But I am no expert, even though I plodded my way through Agatha Christie's repertoire by age nine thanks to the large print section in the adult library.
I don't even usually want to work out who's done what. I'm not that into puzzles.
I want character.
I want atmosphere.
I want drama.
I probably want to be scared a bit, or at least feel that something serious has happened and that someone is trying to make sense of it.
All this is a ramble towards introducing the latest promotion by Transworld. They are giving away three free crime books (and you get to choose from the list below) to anyone willing to write a review and you don't even need to have a blog; a review on Amazon would do fine. I've signed up and in due course I will post my reviews here...let me know if you are doing the same and we can compare notes...
Here's Transworld explaining how it works - you can go to the website and join by clicking on the title of this post.
We want you to be the judge, jury and executioner of the titles listed below.
We will have a two week registration period ending the 14th February, Valentine’s Day which will make us repent our sins and feel the love! Pick three books from the list below to read and review on a venue of your choice (Amazon, blog, etc) The challenge will finish on the 31st March whereby we will dust for fingerprints, weigh up our case and post up some of the best (or worst) reviews that we’ve had in.And the books you can choose from are...
1. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
2. Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
3. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
4. Birdman by Mo Hayder
5. The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett
6. Past Caring by Robert Goddard
7. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
8. Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
9. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
10. If I Never See You Again by Niamh O’Connor
11. The Accident Man by Tom Cain
12. The Business of Dying Simon Kernick