After reading the brilliant 5* Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson, I wanted more!!
So I contacted Corrie and she kindly offered to feature on my blog in a guest post.
We discussed a range of topics and decided that Corrie’s readers would love to see who, in literary ‘Sleuth’ world, (aside from the wonderfully talented Investigative Journalist Sophie Kent, of course), Corrie most admired.
Read on to see who Corrie picked in her own words!!
I HEART Jane Casey’s Irish Detective.
She’s the youngest (and only female) member of the London Murder Squad.
Watching Kerrigan grow in confidence – and find her feet in a male dominated industry – had taught me lots about successful series fiction.
Also, she does a fine line in putdowns. Especially those directed at her lovable rogue of a partner, Josh Derwent
Stieg Larsson’s punkish, bisexual computer hacker blasted into the public’s consciousness in 2005 and has remained there ever since.
Socially dysfunctional but razor sharp, Salander is one of a kind.
Larsson based her on the grown-up version of another rebellious Swedish Heroine, Pippi Longstocking.
A minor character in one of Tana French’s earlier books, Maddox’s mettle is tested in The Likeness when she goes undercover as a murder victim.
Sharp, tough and complex, Maddox is French’s only female protagonist.
Here’s hoping for a future cameo!!
Rizzoli and Isles
Ok, I’m cheating; these count as two female leads. Detective Jane Rizzoli is serious and driven, while medical examiner Maura Isles is a loner nicknamed ‘ The Queen of the Dead’.
The appeal? Tess Gerritsen isn’t afraid to let her characters make mistakes.
Any character who describes herself as a ‘cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist’ deserves to be on this list.
Val McDermid went on to create many other standout protagonists, but it’s her fearless, straight-talking journalist that holds a special place in my heart.
So there you have it!!
There are so many great crime novels out there at the moment, both past and present, I know it’s very hard to pick just six, so thank you Corrie!
Corrie Jackson’s Breaking Dead will be released in paperback by Bonnier Zaffre on 15th September. It is now available for preorder or as an ebook following the link
In the meantime you can read my review of of the 5 * Breaking Dead here
I do hope you enjoyed.
To find out more about Corrie you can visit her over at her website http://www.corriejackson.com/