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Queens of Crime

Bookhound investigates three of our favourite female crime writers: Patricia Cornwell, Lynda La Plante and Martina Cole  One is the Miami born daughter of a lawyer who began her writing career as a journalist, one a former RADA trained actress from Liverpool, one a one-time convent school girl raised on an Essex council estate - but what do these three Queens of Crime fiction have in common?    They have overcome adversity...  Patricia Cornwell had a turbulent childhood, marked by the absence of her father and her mother's struggle with mental health, resulting in her being fostered. Martina Cole was expelled from school aged 15, Before finding success as a writer she worked in a series of low-paid jobs, including as a...

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