Monday, 20 April 2020

BEST OF CRIME with Amy McLellan

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 

AMY McLELLAN


to share her BEST OF CRIME ...




... AUTHORS
My all-time favourite is Graham Greene, master of noir, shabby spies, tortured souls and ruthless criminals. 


... FILMS/MOVIES
A Few Good Men. First date with my husband, fellow author Adam Hamdy. We loved a good conspiracy thriller even back then. No, you can’t handle the truth.


... TV DRAMAS
Bosch on Amazon Prime, starring Titus Welliver.  Gripping story-telling that gets better and better with every season.


... FICTIONAL KILLERS
Ian Fleming’s Dr No. Such a sinister character with his secret island and his fascination with pain. And the scene with the spiders…let’s not go there… 


... FICTIONAL DETECTIVES 
So many greats to pick from but I’d like to share the love for Elliot Rook QC, a criminal barrister with a secret past. He’s the wonderfully drawn main character in Gary Bell’s debut Beyond Reasonable Doubt, which feels so authentic you wonder to what degree Mr Rook is actually auto-biographical …


... MURDER WEAPONS
Mouldy peanuts, as used in Graham Greene’s The Human Factor. Apparently the mould kills liver cells, useful for spies trying to dispose of people without any public fuss.


... DEATH SCENES
There’s a scene in Alison Belsham’s dark and gripping The Tattoo Thief which stayed with me. The clue is in the title…
  

... BLOGS/WEBSITES
Mumsnet. All of human life is on there. Utterly addicted


... WRITING TIPS
Sit down every morning, stare at empty screen, fill it one word at a time. And repeat. Seriously, just keep going. 


... WRITING SNACKS
Coffee. Lots of coffee. And gum, to stop me eating ALL the chocolate. 


About AMY McLELLAN
Amy McLellan is a freelance journalist and copywriter. She lives in Shropshire with her husband and three children. Remember Me is her debut novel.  

Find Amy McLellan on Twitter - @AmyMcLellan2


About REMEMBER ME





Publisher's description
Sarah witnesses her sister’s murder but she can’t identify the perpetrator because she has prosopagnosia - she can't recognise faces. The police think she did it and if she doesn't find the man who did it, she’s going to be found guilty of murder…but who do you trust when people may not be who they say they are?

Remember Me is published by Orion.


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