Proof that the field of crime writing is in rude health was to be found at a Soho event given by the publisher Transworld for three of its most talented women writers: Fiona Barton, following the success of The Widow and The Child with The Suspect, Renée Knight with The Secretary (a successor to her much-praised Disclaimer), and debut author Leslie Kara, whose The Rumour intrigued the invited audience with its narrative of a child killer living under an assumed name. The evening was expertly chaired by Patricia Nicol of The Sunday Times (in the photo l to r: Knight, Kara, Bolton, Nicol). The lively discussion of the three books demonstrated again what a broad church the crime fiction genre is, with cogent points made on everything from controlling relationships (between a woman executive and her female secretary in Knight’s The Secretary) to parenting (in Barton’s The Suspect).

The Widow and The Suspect are published by Bantam Press, while Doubleday is the publisher of The Secretary

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