Author: Abbie Rutherford

Interview

Interview with Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir

Abbie Rutherford

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, literary festival Newcastle Noir is bringing crime back to Newcastle’s City Library on 5 December 2021. I caught up with festival organiser Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir to talk about the festival and our love affair with crime fiction. Newcastle Noir originally started as a one-day event How […]

Interview

The Devil’s Line by Marrisse Whittaker

Abbie Rutherford

Local author Marrisse Whittaker’s latest novel The Devil’s Line is due to be published on 10 November. It is the second in the DSI Billie Wilde series, following on from her successful debut novel The Magpie, and it promises to be a gripping and gritty read. Marrisse has had a fascinating career; she has been […]

Review

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Abbie Rutherford

Six people attend the viewing of an upmarket apartment on New Year’s Eve when an incompetent bank robber takes them hostage. Backman’s tale of strangers who are thrown together in unexpected circumstances, along with the police investigation, is really the story of ‘idiots’ (as Backman refers to them) trying to get through life in the […]

Review

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

Abbie Rutherford

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker is a brutal yet strangely beautiful and visceral examination of child-on-child murder that simultaneously evokes repulsion and sympathy. It follows Chrissie, an eight-year-old child growing up in a poverty-stricken area with a mother who neglects her, and Julie, a young woman trying to bring up her daughter, […]