ABC Crime Alphabet - Clarissa Draper

Friday, June 15, 2012


 Today is all about the letter D in the Crime Fiction Alphabet and the idea behind this meme is to write something related to crime fiction that’s based on the letter of the week. This can be an author, the name of a book or something to do with writing crime fiction. The post should be up by the end of each week. See the rules for the Alphabet in Crime Fiction here. This Meme is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.

I’ve been thinking about which crime writer to feature this week and didn’t want to write about the one I thought of first because I wanted to save him for F since that letter starts his last name and because I’m weird like that. So, having finished The Sholes Key, this morning, it just came to me that it’s a good time to talk about Clarissa Draper



She’s Canadian and is currently transplanted to Mexico. If you writing has anything to do with crime, crime scenes and such, her blog is a must read. There, you will find oodles of information to do with forensics and other gag-inducing data. But seriously, if you write crime, you should visit Clarissa

The Sholes Key is the first in the Evans & Blackwell series. What is unique about this book is that there are a series of murders and the perpetrator leaves codes in a gristly fashion. Now, here’s where I reveal my lack of brilliance. The codes went over my head, but that didn’t take away from my enjoying the story. The writer has been good enough to post the codes on her site for those who read the book on Kindle. 

The book is intriguing, the characters complex and the crimes hair-raising. I won’t reveal any more details as I still have a review to write. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

13 comments:

  1. I'm in the middle of The Sholes Key now. I love it! Go, Clarissa!

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  2. Wonderful author choice for this letter. I follow her blog and am hurrying to make sure I've got The Sholes Keys on my TBR. Being more of a fantasy/sci-fi writer, I look forward, sometimes, to a change of pace.

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    1. Angela, I'm sure you'll find this an interesting change of pace from your usual fare.

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  3. Thanks, Clarissa. I think you've just pointed me in the direction I've been looking for. I like a book series and tend to follow it faithfully once I'm hooked. And your blog rocks!

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    1. Hi, Kittie,
      I'm looking forward to the other books in the series too.

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  4. Oooh! I don't write crime, but I LOVE to watch it! I've heard good things about this book too. I need to get it on my list. I'm ready for another amazon order and this needs to be in it! Thanks for sharing! I needed the reminder!

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    1. Glad to help, Leigh with your reading list, Leigh. It never gets smaller does it?

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  5. She sounds like a fantastic writer and I do love great series. I hear she's working hard on book two and three with just as complicated codes and plot lines... but that's just what I heard. Don't take my word for it.

    Thanks, JL!

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    1. Clarissa, you're a riot. :) Definitely won't take your word for it. I'm gonna find out for myself. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Hi JL and Clarrisa!

    Thanks for this post. I follow Clarrisa's for all her crime writing tips as I enjoy reading crime stories.

    The Sholes Key sound an intriguing mystery.

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    1. Hey, Nas,
      This was a good one and yes, I too enjoy that aspect of Clarissa's blog.

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  7. Ooh I'm looking forward to this one!

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