Blogger Book Nook #8: Murder in the library

April 4, 2018Hels

I was really excited to see that this months book prompt from Blogger Book Nook was about crime…

I love answering these prompts each month, and crime is one of my favourite genres to read, plus it gave me the chance to review one of my favourite books!

1. Who is your favourite fictional detective and why? 

Pilgrim from I Am Pilgrim because he’s an absolute genius. If I can include TV detectives, then Luther is definitely a top contender. I also have a soft spot for Sherlock, although I think that came about mainly because I love Benedict Cumberbatch… I love it when the detectives aren’t real detectives or police officers – it’s really interesting when crimes are solved by investigative journalists for example.

2. Do you enjoy being able to solve the mystery in a book before the characters do, or do you like to be kept guessing until the end?

I LOVE when I guess it before the end, although it’s even more satisfying to read when I think I know it and then I’m completely wrong!

3. Murders, missing people, or heists and thefts: Which do you find most compelling?

I’m a fan of missing person books, and psychological crime thrillers are my favourite. I’m happy with murder books as long as its relevant to the story and not just gory killings for the sake of it. Heists and thefts don’t really appeal to me, unless they’re woven in with other crimes.

4. What keeps you most engaged in a crime plot? Intriguing characters? Mysterious settings? Or a whole lot of action?

Definitely relatable characters. I also love when you can read both sides of the story, getting the perspective of both the criminal and the detective. I love stories that are a race against time as well, they always keep me turning the page. I also really enjoy it when there are connections to past cases – a present-day murder linked to a previously unsolved crime from years ago gives a story a new level of intrigue.

5. Crime is a popular theme for novels, TV shows and videogames: Which is your favourite way of experiencing the genre?

I love reading the genre, but I absolutely love police dramas on TV. I find it easier to understand things like forensics when I can visualise it, sometimes this can be a bit dull to read about even when it is important to the plot. I think my favourite crime/police TV dramas are Line of Duty, The Missing, Broadchurch and Luther. Each has something different that it brings, rather than just a ‘whodunnit’ plotline.

I Am Pilgrim

Mini review – I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)


This is one of my favourite books, and I recommend it to everyone. It’s a very long, complex book and I’m not sure I can do it justice in a mini review…

Pilgrim is a codename for a man who was once an intelligence agent and led a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before retiring, he wrote a book on forensic pathology, deemed to be the authority on the subject. He is then called upon by an NYPD detective to help solve a case, a case where someone has used his book to commit the perfect, untraceable murder. What starts off as a murder turns into a race for Pilgrim to save America from an unknown man who is planning to commit mass murder. The story takes the reader from New York to Mecca, to the Hindu Kush mountains and to deserted ruins in Turkey.

This book is ambitious (there is literally no way I can write a decent synopsis of this book in less than about 5,000 words!) and brilliant and terrifying and completely gripping. I’ve read it several times, and each time I take something new away from the story. It’s not an easy read, but it is so worth it, and if you enjoy crime/spy thrillers, you have to read this!

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