Last week our editors had a spirited debate about historical British Crime and why we love it. This week the discussion turned to the deep affection we have for contemporary British Crime.
Ultimately the UK isn’t all that different than the US, like when your parent moves into a house other than the one you grew up in. The new house is foreign, you never lived there, but it’s still filled with the familiar objects and the feeling of home. Reading British Crime is satisfying on 2 levels: 1. the actual crime, 2. the cultural and legal differences give new puzzles for your brain to chew on as you go. It’s not so different -but it is different enough- and therein lies much of the appeal.
Also, a lot of them are just really good! Here are some videos of British Crime authors telling us about their books in 15 seconds, and their inspirations for their latest novels: