Thursday, 22 February 2018

BEST OF CRIME with Holly Cave

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 


for her The Memory Chamber blog tour

to share her BEST OF CRIME ...

There’s no way I can pick one, but I’m always on the lookout for new favourites. Two brand new authors whose debuts I adored are Will Dean (Dark Pines) and Olivia Kiernan (Too Close to Breathe). Both books feature feisty female detectives and incredibly atmospheric settings.

For sheer originality, it would have to be Memento. Its brilliance is largely down to the philosophical questions its raises about memory and the self, whilst the dual narrative moves both backwards and forwards in time. You’re thrust into Lenny’s shoes from the get-go and it’s the kind of film that changes you.

Could The Bridge have been any better? The theme tune, the setting, the cinematography, everything. And detective Saga Norén is as kick-ass as they come.

Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. A psychopath you find yourself quietly rooting for, Ripley is sketched out in such a way that the unwritten aspects of his character are equally as important as what’s written.

Lisbeth Salander all the way. That girl made computer hackers cool.

I’m a huge Bond fan, so I’d have to say James’ smart little Walther P99 handgun, as beautifully handled by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

I think every single one of the murders in the film Se7en, each linked to the seven deadly sins, will haunt me forever.

When my words are running away with themselves, I log on to to wrestle them back into a comprehensible order.

You are your own best teacher. Keep learning, keep trying new approaches. I’d never have said I was a visual person, for example, but recently I’ve been sketching characters, settings, and drawing out plot diagrams, and I’m finding that it’s helping enormously.

Spring – hot cross buns. Summer – mini Magnums. Autumn – chocolate digestives (also applicable to other seasons). Winter – mince pies. And gallons of tea, obviously.

Holly Cave was born in sunny Torquay in 1983. She received a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, after which she spent four years working at the Science Museum in London. After a career break to travel the world, Holly became a freelance writer and now writes about science and technology alongside her fiction. She lives in Bedford with her husband, baby son and dog. The Memory Chamber is her first novel with Quercus, although she wrote a number of unpublished works with her father on his typewriter in the 1990s.

Find Holly Cave on her website, on her Facebook page and on Twitter - @HollyACave


Publisher's description
THE MEMORY CHAMBER imagines a not so distant future where humans can craft their own afterlife based on a selection of handpicked memories. Isobel is an architect of people’s heavens, working with clients to ensure their afterlives are perfectly curated. But when Isobel is questioned over the integrity of one of her clients and the heaven she built for him, she is forced to confront the darker side of her job…
Can she trust the man she loves? Or can memories lie?

The Memory Chamber was published by Quercus on 21 February 2018.

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