Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th July 2018 – Margot Kinberg, Hugh Roberts and #Reviewer Linda Hill Book Bag

Welcome to the first of this week’s blogger daily and a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed.

The first post is from crime and mystery writer Margot Kinberg on the subject of Happy Endings and how those who read crime (murder stories) still have an expectation of sorts, despite the circumstances. Certainly I know I like to feel that there has been some form of resolution with justice served, but Margot would love to hear your views. An interesting post for all writers since the ending of our stories can be where we let our readers and ourselves down. Margot shares some excellent examples from some of our favourite mystery and crime writers.

The thing about crime stories is that they involve, well, crime. Often (not always) that crime is murder. So, crime fiction fans don’t expect things to go smoothly and happily in the books they read. And, in many ways, if a story is too smooth and happy, it’s not realistic. Stories like that are often not as absorbing, either (if there is no conflict – nothing that’s a problem – what’s the point of suspense going to be?).

At the same time, many crime fiction fans want their stories to be optimistic. The ‘bad guy’ is led away to face justice. Or, the murder victim was a cruel, mean character whom no-one much will miss. And, even when the story is a lot more complex than that, readers often want there to be a sense of positivity (i.e. life will go on, and things will be all right, even good). And there are many crime novels where we see that sort of optimism.

In several (certainly not all) of Agatha Christie’s stories, for instance, there’s a sense that things will be all right, even as there’s an acknowledgement that a death has caused a lot of pain. For instance, in Evil Under the Sun, Hercule Poirot investigates the strangling murder of famous actress Arlena Stuart Marshall. She and her family were staying at the Jolly Roger Hotel, on Leathercombe Bay when she was killed, and several people who are staying at the same hotel are potential suspects. Poirot works with the police to find out who the real killer is. At the end, the killer is brought to justice, and we get the sense that all will be well in the lives of those who were mixed up in the investigation.

Please head over and enjoy this very interesting post and also browse the archives for other writing related posts:

Next up is one of our communities favourite bloggers Hugh Roberts, who has been busy finishing off his next project due to be released later this year. He is coming back from this blogging break and during his absence his seat has been kept warm by some talented guest posters. Here is one who is a new book blogger, and I am sure you will join me in heading over and connecting.

Hugh W. Roberts

As I come towards the end of my current blogging break, this is the final of the guest posts I invited other writers and bloggers to submit. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Celine Lai, a brand new book blogger. Please welcome Celine, and do contact her if you’re looking for your book to be reviewed or are looking to share book reviews on her brand new blog.

#bookblogger #bbloggers #books

I love reading and writing. I read whatever my eyes see. Writing and reading are in “my blood” and to elucidate upon this, I love WORDS. I respect words as spoken and written messengers, as carriers of basic or evolved, or of explicit or implicit information. While for some things no words are needed, the spoken and written word are what have enriched human-kind, and for the gift of communicating and layering facts, thoughts, wants, needs, stories, ideas, adventures, feelings, business, and instructions, in such tangible joyous and satisfying ways, I am thankful.

For as long as I can remember I latched onto the printed words. At an early age I could speed read, and before I turned a teenager I was reading James Michener’s “Hawaii”, and a few years later Arthur Haley’s “Roots” had a big impact upon me. When I was eleven, I loved Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Reading inspired me to dream and to imagine, and to set goals and reach for them, as well as helped me to understand and appreciate things.

To share my love of reading, I have set up a Blog,  Book Reviewers International for reviews by those around the World who like to share what they read.

Head over and find out more about Celine and follow the links from Hugh’s post:

Hugh Roberts is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Hugh Roberts, Buy:


And now time for a book review for In the Dark by Cara Hunter (A DI Adam Fawley Thriller) reviewed by Linda Hill of Linda’s Book Bag. Looks like a gripping read.

Cara Hunter cover

I’m thrilled to be part of the launch celebrations for Cara’s latest book, In the Dark and I’m sharing my review. I cannot thank Jane Gentle at Penguin enough for inviting me to be part of this tour and I’m honoured to be closing it today.

Published by Penguin, In the Dark is available for purchase through the links here.

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.

No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

And that no one is as innocent as they seem . . .

Read Linda’s review of In The Dark:

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection… more tomorrow. thanks Sally


17 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th July 2018 – Margot Kinberg, Hugh Roberts and #Reviewer Linda Hill Book Bag

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  2. Thank you Sally for re-blogging the Guest post that I wrote for Hugh. I feel fortunate to have met Hugh online, and I am very grateful to connect with you and others, through our love of reading and writing. Your blog makes me feel happy, and I think it is great that you have books, writing, health, interesting interviews, and home comforts featured here.

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