#TimeForCrime:getting to the darkest heart of writers and bloggers!With Julia over at #Juliapalooza @JuliaPal00za

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Welcome to #TimeForCrime a new series here at Chapterinmylife.

I am inviting bloggers and authors talk about their favourite subject crime, with a set of quick-fire Q&As taking you to the dark heart of the person behind the book or the blog!

This week I am delighted to welcome Julia from www.juliapalooza.com

Name: Julia Hopkinson

About you: I’m a 30-*cough, cough* Administrator who lives with my husband and bunnies in Manchester. I love reading, and always have, right from when I memorised the words to my Walter Duck and Winifred picture book when I was about 2! My parents have often got a book in hand and reading was a huge part of my upbringing for my sister and me. My favourite genre is crime fiction and more specifically murder mysteries or psychological thrillers, but I also enjoy police procedurals and something with a bit of humour. I’m my friends’ resident book-recommender and have to provide a bespoke suggestions list before people’s holidays etc. I’ve been reviewing books for three or four years but only put my blog together in 2017. I’m really enjoying it so far! When not reading, I like baking, writing, going to comedy or music gigs and watching TV and films.


Let’s delve into the depth of Julia’s mind…

Why crime fiction?

  • I love puzzles (e.g. logic problems or cryptic crosswords) so I suppose I like the process of trying to untangle whodunit or whydunit or whathappened! I love it when a plot twist or a revelation makes your jaw drop. My mum started me off with Agatha Christie and it continued from there; a friend at school then recommended Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell and, although I thought I might never sleep again, I loved it and was hooked on the darker side of crime fiction.

Favourite book you have reviewed

  • Last year I couldn’t even narrow down a top 10 – I had to have a ‘top 17 of ‘17’. If I had to choose just one, I think my absolute favourite was Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse. It had such a unique and distinctive voice, it was hilarious in places and I could TOTALLY sympathise with Rhiannon’s frustrations (if not quite her murderous tendencies…)

You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be

  • Can I cheat and have the Harry Potter series?? It would keep me going for a while. Although they’re fantasy books, they each have multiple-mysteries at their heart.

Do you have a kill list and who is on it?

  • Ha! It grows every day (maybe I am more like Rhiannon than I’d care to admit…) You’ve got your obvious targets: Trump, Piers Morgan, Katie Hopkins…I’d feel a bit mean publicly lumping anyone else in with those cretins.

Top criminal (real or fiction)

  • Interesting question! I’m going fictional and I’m going for Doug Judy the “Pontiac Bandit” from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, played by Craig Robinson. This is one of my favourite TV shows and he’s such a great character: he’s always getting one over on our heroes but he can also be good and he’s hilarious with it.

Top fictional detective

  • My husband will laugh at me but I’m going to say Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote: a) despite liking some darker crime fiction, I really love MSW, b) Jessica always knows the right thing to say, c) she always gets her man and d) she takes no sh*t from anyone – she’ll stand up to criminals, celebrities, politicians, crooked cops, spies and even mobsters – she has zero fear!

Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic

  • Planner in spirit, absolute procrastinating chaos in practice.

Favourite method of murder

  • Probably the one from the Columbo episode The Most Crucial Game, where Robert Culp hits Dean Stockwell over the head with a block of ice while he’s swimming, so the ice melts and it just looks like an accident. Obviously Columbo is NOT fooled… (No spoilers, by the way, you always know whodunit in Columbo!)

Best place to dispose a body

  • Worryingly, I’ve genuinely given this a lot of thought! I suppose, like in the last question, hiding in plain sight is good: something that doesn’t look like a murder. If that doesn’t work I reckon being eaten by piranhas would do the job!

Where can we find you? (Oh your blog details, dafty, any personal haunts send them to me privately!)

  • Either at www.juliapalooza.com, @JuliaPal00za on Twitter or on the sofa in my pyjamas drinking a nice cold Sauvignon Blanc J feel free to drop in if you’re passing!

Wow, thanks Julia! Loving your planning and chaos description…this is so like me! Pop over to Julia’s blog and check her out!

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