It is my absolute pleasure to welcome author Anne Coates to the blog today to help me spread a little more book love. I’ll be letting you in on all Anne’s bookish confessions as soon as we’ve learned more about Anne herself.
Anne Coates’ début crime thriller, Dancers in the Wind was published by Urbane Publications last October and the sequel, Death’s Silent Judgement, will be published on 11 May, 2017. Anne is currently writing the third as yet untitled Hannah Weybridge thriller.
SHE IS HUNTING FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence.
Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.
Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.
Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.
With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…
Favourite book from childhood
I had two. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. I had a fabulous recording with an illustrated book and every time the narrator said, “Turn the page” I’d get a real tingle down my neck. I still sob at the ending. And Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, read by my lovely mother who “did” all the voices.
The first book you fell in love with
I adored Tarka the Otter and my love and fascination for otters dates back to Henry Williamson’s brilliant portrayal of river life (and death)
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I didn’t just fall in love with Rupert in Women in Love, I empathised with him. All that angst about whether one person’s love could be enough!
Weirdest book crush
This isn’t weird at all but in a way inspired me to write although I wasn’t aware of it when I read Simone de Beauvoir’s L’ Invitée (She Came To Stay). I was studying at a French University for a year and picked it up in a second-hand bookshop. It was apparently written after her lover Jean Paul Sartre with whom she had an “open” relationship embarked on an affair with a young woman. De Beauvoir saw her as a threat, wrote the “biographical” novel and killed the rival off in the end. The perfect revenge. Years later I used this idea when writing some of my short tales with a twist.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
D H Lawrence’s Women in Love.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Still haven’t read A Suitable Boy – is sits accusingly on a high shelf, glaring down at me.
Guilty Reading pleasure
A friend caught me out reading Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Looking appalled, he said, “But it’s so badly written, isn’t it?” My reply was that I hadn’t noticed as I was reading it so quickly. Finished in one sitting!
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
As a crime/thriller writer, I love reading crime and Twitter has introduced me to so many new (and new to me) writers. There are some great collections out there but if I have to pick one it’s Sarah Hilary’s DI Marnie Rose series. I’ve been lucky enough to read each one at proof stage and think the narrative and plots just keep getting better.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
This was a total surprise for me: Su Bristow’s Sealskin. Absolutely loved everything about it.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Not sure I have one. I’m a philanderer and a flirt when it comes to books and it depends on what I am going through personally. I loved, and still love, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. My mother was furious with me when I quoted a line that she was the product “of tired loins”!
Thanks for taking part Anne. Some absolutely fab choices there. I loved Tarka the Otter – still remember the TV adaptation. And you are totally right about Sealskin. It’s not my go to genre either but I adored it. And Marnie Rome… brilliant character and Sarah Hilary sure can write a gripping story. An absolute bonus – I stumbled upon the preorder link for book 5 while prepping this post too so guess what’s on my list now 😉
What do you think guys? Agree or disagree with Anne’s choices? Any books you could recommend that you think she’d like to read?
Make sure to join me on Sunday when the awesome Noelle Holten aka Crimebookjunkie joins me to share her booklove secrets.
Have a fab day of reading