by Dime Sheppard
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2022
***Shortlisted for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense***
Dime Sheppard delivers a smart and witty caper about a crime novelist who recruits her main characters to investigate her maybe-unfaithful fiancé.
Evie Howland has problems.
Guns. Bombs. Murderers.
And that's just on the page...
In real life she's meant to be planning a wedding to adorable billionaire Daniel Bradley, but Evie is seriously snarled in the sixteenth book of her successful crime series. In fact, her protagonists are becoming almost impossible to wrangle: NYPD detective Carolyn Harding is volatile after a messy divorce, and Detective Jay Ryan has that heated look in his blue eyes again. They're both sick of being written. And frankly they're getting a little...physical. Evie is beginning to wonder if she's ever going to finish Book Sixteen and get them back into fiction where they belong.
But when a disturbingly familiar homicide surfaces in the city papers, it seems as if other, darker characters might have crossed the fiction-frontier too. In which case, Evie is in a lot of real-life trouble.
If she's going to survive it, Evie must face her own worst fears, and learn that real love can be the best way of writing her own story.
But can she change the ending?
Full of high-octane adventure and dry humour, this novel is perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich's action-packed Stephanie Plum novels, or Mary Stewart's stylish romantic suspense.
"Such an original and absorbing novel that will surely be spoken of highly in the fiction world. A wonderful debut; an absolute pleasure to read."—City Hub Sydney
"‘Crime Writer’ is a thrilling, more-ish novel…I devoured this story in two days."—Others Magazine
"A breathlessly fast paced book...terrifically written with great quotes scattered throughout...An excellent read."—Sydney Arts Guide
"Dime Sheppard’s story is equal parts detective thriller and meta giggle-fest...impeccably literary; beautifully written and self-aware. I’ve never read anything like it. This is an extraordinarily good and challenging debut."—3D Radio
"This novel was a refreshing change that kept me guessing from start to finish."—1079Life Radio
"‘Crime Writer’ will…explode away the cobwebs of other formulaic offerings and detonate a desire to play around in their world with a second reading."—Reviews By Judith
"I couldn’t put it down!"—98Five FM
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Average rating from 140 members
Crime Writer was a brilliant read! It’s original, fresh and fast-paced. The writing style is refined, vivid and detailed, I was quite impressed with all the technical lingo as well, you could tell the author did her research and it made the tale very credible without turning it into a catalogue of boring jargon, which is usually easier said than done. As for the big villain, the Blade gave me a lot of “Red John” vibes from the Mentalist, maybe because he’s quite the ruthless character. Luckily, the author manages to keep the plot not too overwhelming for those, like me, who prefer cozy mysteries to gory thrillers.
Overall, I thought the plot was a great mixture of genres (thriller, romcom, action adventure) with many twists and turns to keep you riveted til the very end.
The storyline was extremely action-oriented and I could very easily picture it as a movie. Highly recommended!