Quiz ex-barrister turned crime writer in Fareham

Mel Mitchell
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Book enthusiast Melanie Mitchell aims to get the community reading more. To spur you on, she offers her Book of the Week and Recommended Books choices

Locally-based author Diana Bretherick has a new historical crime fiction novel out this week – The Devil’s Daughters – following on from her debut City of Devils, which was published two years ago.

Both are set in the Italian city of Turin in the late 1880s and feature the world’s first criminologist, Cesare Lombroso.

If you’d like to quiz retired criminal barrister Diana about her life, you can meet her at Fareham library on Wednesday, September 30.

She’ll also be taking part in the crime author panel The Criminal Conclusion.

The event starts at 7pm, and tickets are £3 and must be purchased in advance from the library.

Diana now lectures in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth. She also features in Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown Ups – a collection of supernatural short stories based in the local area, published last year.

n As the publishing industry starts to gear up for Christmas, the literary heavyweights are beginning to emerge from hibernation, one of whom is Andrew Miller with his new novel The Crossing (Sceptre, published August 27).

He has been described as ‘a writer of astonishing gifts’ with both readers and critics raving about his beautifully nuanced prose.

We follow heroine Maud on a physical voyage and an emotional journey as she attempts to confront who she really is. The sea is her escape – but can it be her salvation?

n In my Books to Watch, another acclaimed writer, William Boyd, releases new novel Sweet Caress (Bloomsbury, 27 August), encompassing the life of female photographer Amory Clay as she attempts to live beyond boundaries.

Her appetite for life, love and artistic expression take her around the world as she pursues her dreams and battles her demons.

Sticking with the theme of gutsy heroines, we also welcome back Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (MacLehose Press, published August 27) in a much-hyped addition to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series. Troubled hacker Salander will be fighting for her life as she tackles a terror threat to Stockholm.

n Mel Mitchell is originally from Portsmouth and now lives in Gosport.

She is Publisher Liaison for newbooks magazine and its related website nudge-book.com, based in Stubbington.