Mrs. Peabody investigates international crime fiction, TV and film. Friendly discussion most welcome! Scroll down for Mrs P’s rating system and review policy.
Mrs. Peabody / Kat Hall is a freelance academic, translator, reviewer and moderator at Peabody Ink.
Kat is also Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University and the editor of Crime Fiction in German (University of Wales Press, 2016), which was described by The Times Literary Supplement as ‘an impressive survey of the field’.
A FREE chapter from the volume is available here: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25191
Kat contributed to two episodes of Mark’s Lawson’s Radio 4 ‘Foreign Bodies’ series on European crime fiction in 2012. Her journal article for Comparative Literature Studies examines the controversial figure of the ‘Nazi detective’ in crime fiction since the 1990s. Further research can be viewed here.
Online articles include:
- ‘What got you hooked on crime, Mrs. Peabody?’, part of a regular series hosted by Marina Sofia over at findingtimetowrite (October 2014).
- ‘Quality, diversity and untapped potential: the contemporary German-language Krimi‘ at New Books in German, Issue 38 (Autumn 2015)
- co-authored with Marina Sofia, ‘Oktoberfest special: German Historical Crime Fiction’, CrimeFictionLover blog, 6 October 2015.
- ‘Criminal bars’, review of Lynn M. Kutch and Todd Herzog (ed.) Tatort German: The Curious Case of German-language Crime Fiction, in the Times Literary Supplement, 19 August 2015 (behind paywall).
Star-rating system and review policy
Mrs. Peabody’s blog explores all manner of international crime fiction. It features reviews (these are the numbered posts), general musings on crime fiction, TV and film, and is as likely to discuss a Japanese novel from 1962 as a Swedish or German one from the present day.
Reviews use a star-rating system:
5 = outstanding; read before you die
4 = extremely good; recommend
3 = good, but some reservations
2 = mediocre; spare yourselves
1 = how did this get published?
Posts appear around once a week.
Mrs. Peabody Investigates operates a ‘no spoilers’ policy, although minor spoilers may appear in the comments left below posts. In the case of exceptions, such as interviews carried out with authors, spoiler alerts will be given!
Friendly discussion and debate are most welcome 🙂
The books I review are ones I have bought, or borrowed from the library, or have been sent by publishers. I receive no payment for reviews.
I am happy to receive requests to review books via email, but if you don’t hear back from me, it means I can’t take up the offer to review right now. Apologies.
I review international crime fiction.
I like ‘intelligent crime fiction’.
I tend not to review novels featuring serial killers or misogynist violence.