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»The follow-up has so obviously been formed by a film studio’s agenda that it feels like a case of putting the cart before the ghost.«

Alfred Hickling

The Woman in Black is back. Angel of Death by Martyn Waites is a sequel to the horror novel by Susan Hill. Alfred Hickling reviews the book at The Guardian.

»You learn about writing the best crime fiction by reading it. Read Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Denis Lehane, Raymond Chandler, P.D. James, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder, Andrew Taylor, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Dibdin… and a hundred others. Read them, study them, analyse them. Do not copy them.«

Susan Hill

At the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition masterclasses, author Susan Hill examines the difference between people and characters. Her advice at The Telegraph.

»But he is also a good storyteller, so this new novel is both stirring and exciting to read, and has a setting which is not ‘background’ but far more: a principal character in the book — in the sense that Thomas Hardy’s landscapes are characters, and shape the lives, thoughts, morals, emotions, beliefs and, as in the case of Arditti’s Philippines, even physique of the people who are born, reared and live within them.«

Susan Hill

Moral dilemmas: Susan Hill on the latest novel The Breath of Night by Michael Arditti. Her review at The Spectator.