Friday, 2 March 2018

BEST OF CRIME with Rachel Abbott

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 Come a Little Closer blog tour

to share her BEST OF CRIME ...

Where do I start? I love Harlan Coben, because I never have any idea of where the story will end. But equally I have just started reading Clare Mackintosh’s new book, and it’s just as good as all her others. And there are so many more brilliant authors…

I loved Presumed Innocent. I know it’s an old one, but it was very clever. A film that stayed with me for a long time was Sleeping with the Enemy. The scene in the kitchen when she finds all her cans organised and her towels lined up makes me shiver to think about it.

I recently got hooked on The Tunnel – terrific casting, and an end to each series that I would never have imagined. I’m also slightly obsessed with The Black List, and have just started with series 1, so I still have about a hundred episodes to watch.

Max de Winter. He is the first killer that I ever hoped would get away with his crime. Until I read Rebecca, it never occurred to me that I might have sympathy with a murderer, but now I like to consider carefully whether my killer is really bad – or

Morse is very high on my list – in the books, rather than on the TV. He is intelligent, but has an edge to him without being a complete no-hoper, as so many fictional detectives now seem to be.

I particularly like anything from nature such as venom or plant extracts. I used liquid nicotine in my first book, but there are so many options – ricin, deadly nightshade, oleander. Much more subtle than a gun or a knife.

The execution of Rinaldo Pazzi in the film Hannibal takes some beating. Anthony Hopkins is so amazing, and horrific as it is, he has a way of making it a bizarre mixture of truly shocking and sickeningly funny.

This sounds a bit gruesome, but I do use The Forensics Library quite a lot. I need to understand how my character may have died, and what the pathologist might be looking for. I also use the Crown Prosecution Service website regularly to check on the correct words to use in relation to crimes, and what the prison sentences might be.

Always read your book out loud at least once. You will be amazed at how much you pick up. Words that you don’t realise you have repeated will suddenly – quite literally – ring a bell when you hear them spoken.

I know this is where I should say that it’s a bad habit to get into, but I’m full of bad habits, so that’s okay. I absolutely love Waitrose Belgian White Chocolate Cookies. I do my absolute best to save them for very special editing moments, but they are truly delicious.


Rachel Abbott, born and raised in Manchester, founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that, one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks. A true self-publishing pioneer,  Come a Little Closer  is Abbott’s seventh novel. All of her previous thrillers have hit no.1 in the Kindle charts. She splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.

Find Rachel Abbott on her website, on her Facebook page and on Twitter - @RachelAbbott


Publisher's description
They will be coming soon. They come every night. 
Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. 
Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. 
Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later. 
These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family...
When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die? 
Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped? 

Read a snippet of my review
'Rachel Abbott has created an intricate web of lies and deceit, and I loved how all of the strands came together by the end. The book is chilling, with sinister undertones, and plenty of suspense and tension.'

To read the rest of my review, click here.

Come a Little Closer was published on 10 October 2017.

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