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»Also remarkable is the discipline of Shannon’s prose. Young writers, and especially young fantasy writers, have a tendency to ladle on the description, exposition and emotional prompts, a particularly dangerous inclination when some of the action involves invented incorporeal powers. But more often than not, The Bone Season is as economical (if not quite as stylish) as a hardboiled detective novel. (…)«

Laura Miller

A dystopian thriller that delivers: Laura Miller about the debut novel The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Her review at the

»What I found was that there was a whole generation of women writers, mostly working in the period between World War II and the dawn of women’s liberation in the early 1970s. They were critically acclaimed, many won Edgar awards or were made grand masters by the Mystery Writers of America. They sold very well and were published in hardcover, whereas a lot of their male counterparts, who are now considered part of the crime fiction canon or are in Library of America, they were only published in paperback. So, what happened? I wanted to know more about them.«

Sarah Weinman

The grandmothers of Gone Girl: Laura Miller and Sarah Weinman talking about forgotten queens of domestic suspense and the new anthology Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, edited by Sarah Weinman. Read the conversation at