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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Getting iced with the best of London’s literary reviewers

November 2, 2016

Ice Bar was the Polar-themed chilly venue for a lunch with the best of London’s crime fiction reviewers, and what a great time we had! Ali Karim (SHOTS) has posted a lovely round up of our adventures in ‘the fridge’ here. Ali is an absolute joy to be with.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Barry Forshaw, Jon Coates, Isabelle Broom, Eithne Farry, Jake Kerridge, Deidre O’Brien, Eithne Farry, Kate Whiting, as well as Tara Loader from Constable, Midas PR’s Hannah, Leanne and Sophie, and the best literary agent any author could wish for, Phil Patterson, and many others who were crazy enough to don purple cloaks and drink vodkas at a bar made of ice, in glasses made of ice, at -5° C.

With all the animal ice sculptures around, I couldn’t resist howling like a wolf as we posed for a photo inside the icy crate labelled, ‘Warning! Do Not Feed.’

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What is ‘Antarctic Noir’?

October 14, 2016

In  comparison with other icy locations for crime fiction , such as Scandinavia or the Arctic, comparatively few have been set in Antarctica. Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station (1998) and James Rollins’ Subterranean (2009) spring to mind. I am one of the very few crime fiction authors who has set two thrillers there: firstly, Thirst, and now my new book, Devour, published by Constable/Little,Brown. I can only put this down to the degree of difficulty in getting to Antarctica, and, perhaps, because it is such a truly alien place, hard to bring to life on the page in a credible way unless you have actually experienced it? A fellow Sister In Crime author, Ann Turner, has set her latest mystery in Antarctica, Out Of The Ice, and we recently were on a panel with Hazel Edwards discussing this very topic. In fact, on 7 October this year, Hazel Edwards, who has set some of her two hundred books in Antarctica, officially launched ‘Antarctic Noir’. Here’s a link to her article.

Antarctica is the perfect location for a thriller because it offers isolation, jeopardy, and no readily available police force or backup when a killer is on the loose. It also enables me to put characters under pressure, because Antarctica is fraught with hazard, and even before I introduce sabotage and murder to the mix!

So what is ‘Antarctic Noir’? In my opinion it’s crime fiction set in Antarctica, in which the threat originates from there or the mystery will lead them there. The central character is usually somebody who has enough skill to survive the extreme environment. They will face a threat from a human or non-human killer. It’s interesting to point out that in Ice Station and Subterranean the heroes were male with military/law enforcement backgrounds. I am fascinated by what ordinary people can do in extreme circumstances – people who are clever, skilled but vulnerable. So in Thirst, the hero is a glaciologist (he’s also pretty good at swinging an ice-axe!) and in Devour, an investigative journalist, Olivia Wolfe, who is well-trained in self-defence but out of her comfort zone in Antarctica.

I should point out that there has never been a murder in Antarctica, and long may it stay that way. But it doesn’t mean we can’t imagine murder and mayhem in fiction!

The stories in both Thirst and Devour have been inspired by real events in Antarctica, in particular scientific expeditions. Click this link to a video where I explain, ‘Why Antarctica?’ Enjoy!

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Booktopia Podcast with Sarah McDuling

August 15, 2016

I love this podcast interview with Sarah McDuling from Booktopia, in which we discuss my latest action and psychological thriller, Devour. We talk about Antarctica and why is it the prefect location for a sinister crime, the changing pace of the novel, about Olivia Wolfe who is the central character, and, the enigmatic Russian, Vitaly Yushkov.

The book’s opening is ‘a cracking beginning to what will be an amazing series,’ says McDuling. She goes on, ‘What I really liked is there’s a whole section in Antarctica which is like a psychological thriller … really intense … this part of the book is the eye of the storm … and then when you come out of it you are thrown into an action thriller… action, action, quite scary, part and then more action.’

Booktopia has some signed copies of Devour in stock, plus the ebook.

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Very proud: L.A. Larkin top 10 female Australian crime fiction author says AFR

August 3, 2016

Feeling very proud at the moment. A friend drew my attention to an article in the Australian Financial Review which lists Australia’s top 10 female crime fiction authors, and I am over the moon to be cited as one of them! And I’m in the best of company: wonderful authors and fellow members of Sisters In Crime like Sulari Gentill, Kathryn Fox and Candice J Fox. This really has made my day. I am sure my new series character, Olivia Wolfe, would be delighted too!

I do have some exciting events coming up and one of them is facilitating an interview with crime thriller author Candice J Fox in Sydney on 11 August at Double Bay Library. Hope to see you there.

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Daily Review: Action, intrigue and fear Antarctic-style

July 25, 2016

Feeling blessed to have my psychological thriller, Devour, in the Daily Review! Even includes the first chapter of the thriller novel.

Here is a sneak peak of Chapter 2 where you meet Olivia Wolfe, investigative journalist and the central character:

Olivia Wolfe’s head slams into the passenger window, dislodging the scarf that conceals her Western features, as the dented Toyota Corolla – Kabul’s favourite car – bounces out of a pot hole. Hastily covering her head, she fails to notice she is being watched by an old, bearded Mesher in a black turban standing at the roadside, who raises a mobile phone to his ear.
‘Can’t we go any faster?’ she asks Shinwari.

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