As you might be aware, this October is Diverse Detective Fiction Month! Hosted by siliconphospho and Bina_ReadThis, this is a campaign to read as many books of detective fiction written by #ownvoices as possible!
The rules can be found here, but basically:
- Read at least one diverse detective story
- Post it on goodreads, your blog, whatever (between Oct 1-31)
- Use #DiverseDetectives
- Leave a link to your review here to be entered into a giveaway (Book Depository)
Sign-ups close on Oct 15th so gogogogogogogo!
The books that I am going to attempt to read for Diverse Detectives are:
Report for Murder by V.L. McDermid
The first novel in the Lindsay Gordon series – a gripping and thrilling page-turner, starring a self-proclaimed ‘cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist’ – from the number one bestseller Val McDermid.
Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls’ public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder.
Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? Who had the key to the locked room in which her body was found? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this calculated and cold-blooded crime?
Babyface by Elizabeth Woodcraft
Barrister and sometime detective Frankie Richmond has never been any good at saying no – a fatal weakness that always leads to big trouble.
In Birmingham for a child abuse inquiry, Frankie reluctantly agrees to fill in at a corpseless murder trial for one day only. But walking away from a juicy crime brief was never going to be easy. Especially when the defendant’s girlfriend, who begs her for help to prove his innocence, is Frankie’s idea of gorgeous.
Soon she knows far more about the Birmingham underworld – and the leather sofa business – than is sensible for someone who’s off the case. Add to that a spot of breaking and entering, joy riding and bullet dodging and Frankie needs to track down the real murderer fast – if there’s been a murder at all.
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered.
When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime…
In the early 30s, a detective by the name of Byomkesh Bakshi made an entry into the world of Bengali fiction. This book contains seven of his most entertaining adventures, competently translated. At each reading, one can only marvel at the writer’s genius.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (I don’t know if this strictly counts, but hey. I’ve meant to read it for a while.)
London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her ‘family’. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue’s fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
(I’ve also been debating whether to order Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur – if I have any time left over, I might!).
What will you be reading for #DiverseDetectives?