Post Script: Murder in Mississippi – John Safran

Murder in Mississippi

The Trust Story of How I Met a White Supremacist, Befriended His Black Killer and Wrote this Book

John Safran

Penguin Books Australia

Hamish Hamilton

ISBN: 9781926428468



When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.

At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of a lifetime? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.

Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.

Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.

My View:

For a true crime novel Safran writes a great documentary. I love the humour in this read (intentional or otherwise)… Safrans’ style is rambling, conversational, personal and intimate – he is talking to you in this novel, sharing his thoughts, sharing his fears, sharing his concerns and his investigative techniques and his revelations. He is honest. This reads as part diary, part interview, part commentary, part investigation and I did really love his warped sense of humour. It was interesting, it was entertaining, it was visual and it was thought provoking. When is the doco coming out?


Post Script: Cross and Burn – Val McDermid

Cross and Burn

Val McDermid


Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 9780802122049



McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there. . . . She’s the best we’ve got.”—New York Times Book Review

Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe. Her latest, Cross and Burn, picks up where The Retribution left off: following the best crime-fighting team in the UK—clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan—who when we last saw them were barely speaking, and whose relationship will now be challenged even further.

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they’re not talking doesn’t mean the killing stops.

Someone is killing women. Women who bear an unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before.

An edge-of-your-seat page-turner from one of the best crime writers we have, Cross and Burn is a chilling, unforgettable read.

My View:



Exciting, pulse racing tension packed pages of pure brilliance! This is a wonderful work of crime fiction that continues on from the explosive novel, The Retribution, however any fan of the TV series Wire in the Blood, of Val McDermid or of crime fiction in general will not have any problem reading this as a standalone.

It is a great police procedural, and a classic page turner, and the tension evoked is so real it can be measured – on a scale of 1 to 10 – this is a 10! For me this should have been a quick one night read, the first page was fraught with knowledge that no good was going to be happening, that something evil was about to explode on  the pages, doom was approaching , and fast  and by about page one hundred and twenty my pulse was racing and my imagination was in overdrive. I had to put this down, immediately. I couldn’t read any further. It took me several days to be able to pick up this book again and then only in daylight.

This is a story that will jolt all women, mothers, daughters, and sisters…female friends… into thinking closely about their personal security. How easily did this evil, sadistic villain mange to stalk and capture the objects of his desire; too easily. (I know this is fiction but it could easily be fact) I think, on one level, we are  far too complacent about our personal security and space, I think the majority of us think like McDermid’s character , Tony Hill, that if you are innocent and good  all will be ok, if you do no harm no harm will come to you, in truth the world doesn’t work that way, I doubt it ever did. Not enough people share the path of goodness and good intentions, or as the old missive suggests, share the view that we should treat others how you wish to be treated our self, which allows those with other less desirable intentions to escape our notice.  Take heed and notice what is happening around you. And enjoy this, the scariest read of the year.


Post Script: Just One Evil Act, A Lynley Novel – Elizabeth George

Just One Evil Act

A Lynley Novel

Elizabeth George


Dutton Adult

ISBN: 9780525952961



 #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers like never before.

Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can’t really help—Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn’t on Hadiyyah’s, their daughter’s, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.

Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard won’t get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands — at the risk of her own career.

As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.  With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.

My View:

This book is a mammoth read – 725 pages, and it is as complicated as it is long.  There are so many plot twists, u turns and dead ends as you find yourself hurtling down the Italian motorway with no way back, forced to continue moving ever forward in this lengthy novel of deceptions. It is a book that I am still reflecting on…I haven’t read any of Elizabeth George’s previous works but I have been a devoted follower of the Inspector Lynley TV series which is what sparked my initial interest in this book. An interesting thing occurred whilst I was a few hundred pages into this story, I stopped reading and went into another room to do something, make a cup of tea or whatever and surprised myself by thinking I was returning to the tv series not returning to read the book! And maybe that sums up my reading experience, this book read as another episode in the TV series; I could clearly see the main characters, Havers and Lynley going about their everyday business; solving crimes. I could hear their voices and conversations. I could visualise the English and the Italian settings. I could really watch this film as I read it!

However I don’t understand the Italian language written or spoken and this for me was the biggest downfall of this narrative – there were so many references made in Italian that were not explained or translated that I could not follow.  That was frustrating and I think I missed subtle nuances in the narrative because of this.  To me this felt a bit pretentious and excluded me from enjoying/understanding vital conversations.

I think this book is undoubtedly one for the fans!  As I earlier mentioned I am still reflecting on how I feel about this book; at times it feels a little verbose, at times it feels pretentious and at times I could not put the book down. At times this book made me smile, I particularly enjoyed hearing Barbara Havers’ comments and thoughts, her voice is unique; honest, down to earth, emotional, funny and at times, intense.

This is one of my favourite Haver’s comments (p192) made when she is considering Dahlia Rourke’s physique: “Except, Barbara thought, Angelina herself would probably be no cushion of comfort when it came to the plunge and groan of the clutch and grope. Perhaps Esteban merely liked them skeletal.”  🙂

I leave you to read and make up your mind about how you feel about this book. This jury is still out.




Coming Soon…

I have so many books waiting to be read I thought I would give you a sneak peek of what is coming soon.  🙂

I am trying to mix up my reading a little – as we all know variety is the spice of life.

In the Completely Different Category:

Murder in Mississippi

The True Story of How I Met a White Supremacist, Befriended His Black Killer and Wrote this Book by John Safran.

A True Story – now this looks interesting!

Crime Fiction –  with a warning. NOT TO BE READ AT NIGHT. Can cause nightmares and restless sleep…

Cross and Burn

Another episode in the DCI Carol Jordon / Tony Hill series by Val McDermid. I love a good psychological murder/mystery.


Great Expectations:

The Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe

After reading and loving The Square of Revenge, Pieter’s first novel I have great expectations for this read.

A New Australian Woman Writer – Always Great to Support Australian Talent 🙂 

Hades – By Candice Fox – the name kinda says it all really. Cant wait to start reading.

And One for all You New and Aspiring Writers:

From A Dead Sleep by John A Daly.

Now what is so different you ask about this work of crime fiction – the story ? I cant tell you about  that yet as I haven’t started reading 🙂  But I have seen the book trailer and enjoyed that but what also caught my attention was how this book was published (this is the interesting bit for new or aspiring writers).  BQB Publishing – a new way to support upcoming writers  and get your book published- it is about HYBRID PUBLISHING  – if you want to learn more check out this link to their web site. They are a unique mix of self and traditional publishing.

More  books you ask? There are lots more … maybe  we will continue this conversation next Friday? For now Cross and Burn beckons and I have to hurry – it will be dark here in a couple of hours and I need to get cracking whilst it is still daylight.

PPS – The Night Guest – Fiona McFarlane – Update with Book Trailer

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane

I read an advanced readers copy of The Night Guest a few months back and noticed that the book trailer is now available – it is great . I encourage you all to look at then read the book.

This is 1.38 mins of  listening pleasure.