This week Jennifer Byrne, host of Australia’s monthly TV book club, hosted a half-hour discussion about the state of modern crime fiction. Joining her were Jo Nesbo, Malla Nunn, Leigh Redhead and Michael Robotham and they touched on a wide range of topics including what makes a good detective character, the ‘Scandi’ trend, the crossover between TV and novel writing and how much darkness is too dark.
I didn’t agree with everything said but the discussion is a good one as it prompted some possible future blog posts to start bubbling away in my brain and I would recommend it to fans of the genre.
For Aussies the show is available for 2 weeks via iVIew but I believe people the world over can watch from the First Tuesday Book Club’s website (the official name of the show is Jennifer Byrne Presents Dark Places). As far as I can tell the episode should be available from there forever (or until the ABC pulls the website down).