I’m Vanessa and I’m a writer.
In 2015, I won the Pitch Perfect competition for unpublished writers at Bloody Scotland, the crime writing festival held in Stirling each autumn.
This is where I write about what I’m writing, where I’m going, and what I’m reading. I also include author interviews from time to time.
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Category Archives: Shelf Notes
This, Susie Steiner’s second novel, is crime fiction that goes beyond the usual police procedural. A missing young woman is at the centre of the story, drawn in detail even though we see little of her. Steiner does a great … Continue reading
This is the second book in the Hampstead Murders series which kicked off last year with Death In Profile. This time a murder has occurred inside the Burgh House museum and, handily, Detective Sergeant Karen Willis happens to be on … Continue reading
This is the third in Sarah Hilary‘s DI Marnie Rose books and a series which was new to me – I must get hold of the first two at some point. I loved Marnie – caring, smart and formidable, exactly … Continue reading
As you may have noticed from my review of Guy Fraser-Sampson’s Death in Profile, I love a crime novel that has echoes of Golden Age detective fiction and Herring on the Nile by LC Tyler fits that bill perfectly. I … Continue reading
The serial killer whose crimes are the focus of Death in Profile is not operating in the frozen wastes of Scandinavia or the the inner city backstreets. Rather, in the manner of the Golden Age crime novels that inspired … Continue reading