I am honoured to be the Crime Readers’ Association Featured Author for December.

weather-cra My first post was on a typically British theme: the weather:

It’s always raining in Wales.

This is, of course, a fallacy. It only rains on about half the days of the year in Wales, less so in Cardiff. However, I feel a particular sense of homecoming when I arrive in the Welsh capital and it’s tipping down with rain.

I lived in Cardiff for five years and it always seemed to be raining, particularly when I had forgotten my coat or on the way home from a night out. Cardiff is the reason I gave up on umbrellas, too many falling victim to the wind or threatening to give me a Mary Poppins effect. I took my driving test one sodden July, where the bridges all harboured dark pools and the instructors wouldn’t let us out on the lanes. Though there were surely sunny days, my overwhelming memory of Cardiff is rain.

Speaking of Cardiff, Amy and Jason are returning for a short adventure in Car Hacker, which I’m calling Amy Lane #2.5. You can find out more by signing up for The Amy Lane Mysteries newsletter.

Finally, I stumbled across a couple of lovely Binary Witness reviews which I wanted to share because they focussed on little things not considered usual in the mystery department.

The first was from the CRA site, about the use of Cardiff as a setting and UK crime fiction in general, how we find joy in the mundane, everyday environment where we live instead of far-distant, exotic locales:

It is Rosie Claverton’s evocation of Cardiff which completely won me over. I can’t say it’s a city I know well, and, from Rosie Claverton’s vivid descriptions, there are parts of it I am happy never to venture into, but what she does manage to do is to create an utterly convincing and solid world in which her characters can function (however outlandishly at times). It is a world which she builds around us as we read, brick by brick, shadow by shadow, alleyway by alleyway, until we inhabit it, or it inhabits us, completely.

The second was on the subject of intimacy in fiction from A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions. She talks about how it is intimacy in fiction which draws her in, how the little moments can make or break a novel:

Most of my bookmarked spots were lovely little moments between the two of them: Amy fussing over Jason and fixing him a cup of tea after he’d been badly hurt, Jason cooking Amy a real meal, the ongoing issue of Jason’s password strength (who knew talk of passwords could be adorable?), and more.

Are you only happy when it’s raining? What criminal locations are your particular favourites? Do you rate intimacy in fiction? Lemme know in the comments!

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