Friday, 2 June 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Susi Holliday

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share her BEST OF CRIME ... 

I always look forward to the next Mo Hayder. You can be guaranteed of a nicely disturbing tale and I love DI Jack Caffrey. 

Silence of The Lambs and American Psycho. Both classics featuring charismatic psychopaths. Both book-to-movie adaptations that work equally well on paper and on screen. 

Holby City. Oh wait, does it have to be crime? Columbo, then. Good solid detective work there. Did he ever NOT solve a case? 

Patrick Bateman. You’d have a pretty wild night with him, even if it might be your last...

Columbo, again. And Jack Caffrey. Both very different, both get the job done.

Pigs. They’ve been used in various works of fiction, and I’m told by a reliable source that they really DO eat anything.

The burning in the original version of The Wicker Man. You keep thinking that he’s going to escape somehow. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t.

Google isn’t really a website, but it is my most frequently visited thing. My search history is a bit eye watering. I also spend a lot of time on the National Rail and sites, arranging travel. I pop onto various social media websites too, very occasionally*
(*all day) 

Don’t worry about how other people do things, because what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. However, I would recommend mapping out the timeline of your novel as you write, because if you do, it will be much easier to edit later on. 

I’m not very innovative here. Tea, sometimes coffee. Biscuits. I like Orange Clubs and Gold Bars. Oh, and cheese toasties, if Mr H is around to bring them to me!


S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday has written three crime novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun, East Lothian, which are a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. They are: Black Wood, Willow Walk and The Damselfly - all featuring the much loved character, Sergeant Davie Gray. She's currently working on a festive serial killer thriller.  For details, click here.

When she's not rehearsing with her Slice Girl bandmates, you can find Susi on her website, on her FB page and on Twitter - @SJIHolliday


Publisher's description
An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home...
Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She is bright, funny, and has a boyfriend who adores her. She’s just had a very handy windfall of cash, and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap the small town of Banktoun for the bright lights of London. But she doesn’t make it that far...
Because Katie is dead.
Polly McAllister has left her husband and returned to Banktoun to make amends. She wants to start afresh with the father of her unborn child – but she’s got to tell him, first. She’s thrown in at the deep end with her job as school counsellor, and it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets.
Katie had enemies. Katie’s boyfriend is not so squeaky clean.
DC Louise Jennings has a crush on a colleague: her new partner. Fresh from training, Detective Sergeant Davie Gray must work with Jennings to unravel the latest dark mystery in a town blighted by tragedy.
Katie’s brother has a mysterious friend. But it’s OK. He’s only imaginary. Isn’t he?
With the community enveloped in angry turmoil, Gray and Jennings must find out who murdered Katie, before someone takes matters into their own hands.
Trial by social media. A baying mob.
But they’ve got the wrong man...

Because the real killer is closer than you think.

The Damselfly was published by Black & White Publishing on 2 February 2017.

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