Sheree Fitch wrote her first book of verse, Toes in My Nose, when she was 20 for her two-year-old son. Ten years and several revisions later, when he was 12, Toes in My Nose was finally published and she never looked back. Since then, she's written more than 20 books for children, young adults and grown-ups.
Recently, Fitch was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award in the category of best juvenile/YA crime book for her latest title, Pluto's Ghost. The winners of the awards will be announced on June 2. In the meantime, CBC Books caught up with Fitch and asked her what was the last crime book she read and loved, and it should come as no surprise to lovers of crime fiction everywhere that she chose The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. Here's what she had to say about it:
"What isn't to love and admire about this literary page-turner? The language, the plot, the characters, the layers. And yes the setting in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Penny's poetic gifts and a compassionate world view shine through despite the darkness encountered. Wow. A who- done-it crime book that probes the bigger mystery of being human in ways I admire and learn from. A magnificent telling and riveting read. Genre-bending."
The Brutal Telling
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"'In the end the answer to a murder investigation was always devastatingly simple. It was always right there, obvious. Hiding in facts and evidence and likes, and the misperceptions of the investigators.' These sentences, from The Brutal Telling
, more or less sum up the appeal of Louise Penny's crime novels, set in the fictional Quebec village of Three Pines, a normally sleepy place that wakes up to homicide on an annual basis..."
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