Thanks to Sarah at Book On the Brightside Tours for inviting me to join the Morecambe and Vice Crime Festival Blog Tour! On my stop, im paired with Sheila Quiqley. I read and review Killing Me Softly, no 8 in her 'The Seahills' series, along with my review I have a little Q and A with Sheila...
So here's a bit of Blurb, and my review followed by the Q and A.
At the end you can find some links with info about this coming weekends festival.
Why are obvious murder victims turning up with suicide notes in their hand. Does a new member of Jacko's crew know the answer. Why is Sandra Gilbride spending her days in tears. Will Lorraine Hunt find the murderer, before more victims appear, can she concentrate with the emotional turmoil she is going through. Find out in number 8 in the Seahills books.
Killing Me Softly is the first book ive read by Sheila Quiqley, going into no 8 of a series I guess is always going to be a little less easy to just pick up and play as such, whilst it was a decent read , im sure I would have enjoyed it a little more with previous knowledge of the characters, as in a nice way the book almost plays out as a soap opera!
The trials and tribulations of The Seahills community make for a good traditional mystery, and I very quickly took to old Mr Skillings, who wouldn't!
This story is a tale of a serial killer at work, with bodies turning up announcing themselves as suicides its pretty clear they aren't, but why are they being made to look that way?
With quite a few storylines running at the same time, it does take a little concentration to keep up with all the strings, but the author does well to tie them all up and bring the book to a fairly quick finale.
A good plot, well written and paced to keep your interest, the premise is good if a little hurried toward the end.
Q and A
Favourite book as a child? The famous five books by enid blyton, loved them.
Favourite book as a teenager? this is when I hit my science fiction phase so long ago cant remember names but devoured any i could get my hands on. At 14 years old most science fiction was considered adult books in the library so I had to go one step futher in borrowing them,
under my jumper, everyone was taken back. On reflection I realised that the librarian must have known what I was doing. Small village everyone knew everyone and where they lived.
Favourite character? Any character in a Steven King book. The master of story telling, he is fantastic.
Favourite drink or snack while reading? Kit Kat and Diet coke.
Favourite book to movie adaption? The green Mile, brill book brill film
Favourite highlight of your writing career? the first day I saw my books in London shops, when I was with my film crew. Amazing. And the next week in Dublin on book tour, the guide random house had employed for our stay was amazing and so funny, brill week.
Sheila Quigley is the bestselling author of 11 novels, 8 in the Seahills series, murder mystery’s, the first being Run For Home. 3 in the holy island trilogy, conspiracy thrillers, the first being Thorn In My Side. She was recently voted no 7 in W H Smiths poll of the best crime writers of all time.
In September 2017, Morecambe & Vice made its sparkling debut at the glorious Morecambe Winter Gardens. Described as a weekend 'full of warmth, wit and wisdom', authors, speakers and guests from across the globe flocked to the sunny seaside for a weekend filled with criminal shenanigans.
Now, in 2019 we are back for our third year running! This year the North West's quirkiest crime-writing festival will be bigger and better than ever before! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Twitter stream, as we start to announce authors and panels.