Tag Archives: Crime Fiction

My Top 20 List of crime novels for MysteryPeople


MysteryPeople is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend in Austin. As part of that, they’re going to publish their list of Top 100 Crime Novels. They asked me, and other authors, to submit our own Top 20 list. Which I did, though it killed me. How could I choose only twenty crime novels as my top picks? Twenty novels is barely a starting point.

But I buckled down and listed twenty fantastic crime novels — books I love for their stories, characters, language, influence on the genre, and staying power. Click the link for the entire list. The authors are listed in alphabetical order.

Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Meg Gardiner’s Top 20 List.

I talk to BBC radio about Ruth Rendell

BBC Radio 5 Live Up All Night

Last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with BBC Radio 5 Live about the late Ruth Rendell — particularly about her influence and legacy in the United States. The interview is now online via the BBC iPlayer, and will be available for the next 21 days.

Check it out here [interview starts at :50 min].

Congrats Susan Daly — friend of the blog & published mystery author

From the earliest days of Lying for a Living, Susan Daly has been a loyal reader and wonderful commenter. She’s the person who inadvertently created the blog’s Grammar Geeks Unit. And she won my first ever contest, by coming up with my favorite verb name. UnknownHer prize was to become a character in my novel The Dirty Secrets Club — a television reporter with a past. Her character had a history as a porn star who dressed up as a nun. Susan took it with good grace. As for what happens to her character… sorry, no spoilers.

Susan has been writing for a while, and now she has joined the ranks of published mystery authors. She has a short story in The Whole She-bang 2, an anthology of stories published by Sisters in Crime Canada.

From the book’s page on Amazon.com:

This is the second collection of mystery stories by Canadian members of Sisters in Crime… The stories have a variety of characters: shop owners, children, a thief, vengeful women, unhappy wives, a poet, police officers of both sexes and more… The stories are set mostly in Canada, in a wide variety of locations, including British Columbia, Northern Ontario, Alberta and Quebec!

Of course it’s also available from Amazon Canada.

Congratulations, Ms. Daly. It’s wonderful to share shelf space with you.

Tonight: The Violent Art of Crime Fiction

Violent Art Crime Fiction

Here’s what’s happening in London tonight:

The Violent Art: Crime Fiction.

I’l be taking part in a discussion about violence in fiction. We will be talking, folks. Not demonstrating. I’m not violent. As you know, I open windows and shoo bees outside instead of swatting them. So come hear me talk about why things get violent on the page instead.

Monday, 25 November 2013 – 7:00 pm
Hall One, Kings Place
60 York Way, London N1 9AG
S.J. Bolton, Andrew Taylor, and I discuss our books and violence in the genre. Chaired by Barry Forshaw.

This event is part of the Kings Place “Words on Monday” series, and sponsored by the Crime Writers’ Association. Come along if you’re in the vicinity.

Tonight: Killer Girls’ Night in, Winchester

winchester discovery centre

This evening I’m joining three other crime writers to talk about thrills, books, and murder. And maybe eat some cake. Join us if you’re in the neighborhood.

Killer Girls’ Night In
Winchester Discovery Centre
7:30pm Thursday 24 Oct 2013

From the Winchester Discovery Centre website:

Arrive from 7pm to browse a range of stalls providing vouchers, freebies and demonstrations.
Doors open 7pm/ Start time 7.30pm/Finish time 9.30pm

“A stunning line up of leading thriller writers: Jessie Keane, Cath Staincliffe, Dorothy Koomson and Meg Gardiner. Come and hear about what inspires these women to write fabulous crime fiction, their research and their storylines.”

What more could you ask for?