Penny Grubb

Taking Charge of the Store Fundamentally Changed my Relationship with Books

by Penny Grubb


For the past seven years, once a year, I stop being a crime writer and become a bookstore manager, selling every genre under the sun. From the initial experience which I thought of as ‘helping out,’ things have evolved and the job has required a more fundamental change in me than anything I’d envisaged when I took it on. I shouldn’t be surprised. Running a bookstore is a wholly different role from writing novels. I simply hadn’t thought it through.

How Real Life Weaves its Way into Crime Fiction

by Penny Grubb


A lifelong love of puzzles shaped many things in my life from my career choices to my crime writing, and although the quest for answers has sometimes led me to places I really shouldn’t have gone from the dizzy heights of a thirty-storey condemned building to the crumbling underground passages beneath an abandoned hospital, I’ve found the constant cycle of learning to be very liberating.

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