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Published by Williams and
Whiting, 16 February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-91126600-6
Penny Black is the first of Susan Moody’s novels,
written in 1984.She has proved to be a
genuinely versatile author, with crime fiction, romantic fiction, historical
novels and psychological suspense thrillers in the bibliography.
The heroine and the
moral centre of this crime story is black, not merely to put a tick in the
diversity box, but because Susan Moody knows whereof she writes, after spending
some yePublished by Williams ars in small town in Tennessee, where, as she
says… Black people lived over the hill on
the far side of town, not allowed to buy property or mix with us white people.
Penny Wanawake is an
amateur sleuth and a hell of a lot more.She is a photographer.Okay, not
exactly ground breaking that, but the rest of her is 100 percent different.And to this reader, far more interesting than
the long-established tradition of doctor sleuth, gardener sleuth, eccentric
spinster sleuth, and ‘at a loose end’ aristocratic sleuth.
Penny is the daughter
of an African diplomat.Philanthropist,
free thinker, and upfront. She’s tough, tall, beautiful, black and funny, with
a classy repertoire of great one liners - He
looks about as dangerous as a cornered face cloth, but he’s probably just
The lady lives in
London.Her great friend Marfa Lund,
supposed to be on a modelling assignment in Hawaii disappears.Her mutilated body is discovered in Los
Angeles.Penny flies to the States, sets
out to find the killer, and is plunged into the competitive, and not altogether
on the level world, of orchid cultivation.
A friend of mine told
me Penny Black was about sex, murder
and orchids.It is, but it’s about so
much more.The book is a terrific
multi-layered piece of storytelling. Written back in the mid-1980s yes, but with
a storyline as current as it could possibly be.
In Penny Wanawake,
Susan Moody created a sensational heroine and hit the ground running.There are seven books in the series. All of them now re-published by new to the
block indie Williams and Whiting.
Susan Moodywas born in Oxford and is the
principal nom de plume of Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood,
a British novelist best known for her suspense novels.Susan Moody began writing crime
novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels. She has a second series
of six books featuring bridge player Cassie Swan.In all, she has published 29 novels, most of them crime and
suspense. Susan spent two years as a Creative Writing Tutor in Her Majesty's
Prison, Bedford. She is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association,
serving in all as a CWA Committee member for seven years. She is a
long-standing member of the prestigious Detection Club and served for three
years as the President of the International Association of Crime Writers.In 2016 Susan Moody began a new series
featuring Alex Quick. Click the title to read a review ofQuick
and the Dead
began his career working in the theatre as an actor and a director.From there he moved into television as an independent writer/producer/director. Screen
credits include arts series, entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama
series and TV films. Turning crime novelist in 2014, he introduced
Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd in Closing
the Distance.The second thriller, Changing
the Odds,(to read a review click on the title) was
published the following year.Cloning the Hate is the latest in the
series. He is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers Association.