Wednesday, 11 April 2018

BEST OF CRIME with Theresa Talbot

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 Lost Children blog tour

to share her BEST OF CRIME ...

Crikey do I have to choose just one? I’m going to go with John Fowles. His main protagonists are often unlikeable (especially in The Magus & The Collector). To me that shows a real bravery in his writing. There is no ‘hero’, or character that I feel I can easily identify with, yet despite this I find his work utterly compelling – and way ahead of its time.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). I’m laughing just thinking about it. The comedy is just so deliciously gentle it’s easy to forget that all those murders are taking place. It showcased the talents of a young Alec Guinness with him playing all eight D’Ascoyne roles – including Lady Agatha. Dennis Price is wonderful as the lead character and the twist at the end always leaves me reeling – despite the fact I’ve seen it countless times.

I didn’t watch television for almost 5 years, I’m only just catching up now.. so bear  with me on this one… Six Feet Under (dark comedy drama set in a family undertakers) and Breaking Bad (drugs, mayhem, more drugs) .

Can I say Walter White from Breaking Bad? He never set out to harm anyone – it just sort of happened. 

Shaft… the music had me at the first riff. Richard Roundtree was just super cool in the 1971 original. He’s a bad mother…..

The frozen leg of lamb Susan George uses to batter her husband over the head with in ‘Lamb to The Slaughter’ … an episode of the Tales of The Unexpected from 1979. She then cooks it and feeds it to the detective investigating the case!

Public Enemy (1931) starring James Cagney. I watched this as a child and it still horrifies me to this day. Gangster Tom Powers (Cagney) is kidnapped by a rival gang from his hospital ward. In the final scene the gang members decide to being him home. His doting Mother is brimming with joy as she prepares his room. ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ is playing on the old gramophone as the doorbell rings. Power’s straight laced brother rushes to answer – and discovers Tom’s body, forced upright, tied in a blanket with only his face showing. He sways several times before falling dead at his feet. It’s one of the most sinister, horrific scenes  think I’ve seen in a movie.

Social media – Facebook & Twitter, but I try not to get too absorbed. I heard recently that it’s never been easier to be in touch with your inner psychopath. If ever I need to find a real crazy character I don’t have to look too far. For research the websites vary depending on what I’m looking for.

Just keep writing. Apparently the golden rule is write drunk, edit sober, but of course I could never condone this. Don’t be afraid of asking for help. I’m never done messaging friends asking for help when I get stuck.

Anything that’s in the fridge… honestly… I don’t care as long as I can eat it.


Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she will be most familiar as the voice of the station's Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book, This Is What I Look Like, a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She's much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson.

Find Theresa Talbot on her website, on her Facebook page and on Twitter - @Theresa_Talbot


Publisher's description
First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil. Perfect for fans of Broadchurch.
TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. Especially as his death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution. The Church has already tried to suppress what happened to decades of forgotten women. Is someone also covering their tracks?
DI Alec Davies is appointed to investigate the priest's death. He and Oonagh go way back. But what secrets lie behind the derelict Institution's doors? What sparked the infamous three-day riot that closed it? And what happened to the girls that survived the institution and vowed to stay friends forever?
From Ireland to Scotland.
From life to death.

The Lost Children was published by Aria on 1 April 2018.

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