Thursday, 15 September 2016

Peaky Blinders, Sherlock & Killer Women - Crawl Space welcomes Natasha O'Keeffe

I've had my eye on Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, The Last Panthers) since I saw her in Channel 4's Misfits. For my money, she's the perfect person to play Marnie Rome: vulnerable, chameleonic and unknowable. I caught up with her to chat about her roles in two of my favourite TV crime dramas, Peaky Blinders and Sherlock. 

SH: Peaky Blinders seemed to sneak up on viewers as an underground hit (I’m seeing Tommy and Arthur tunnelling under the Beeb’s schedule to plant the explosives when no one was looking). How big a part do you think the women play in the show’s success?

 NoK: Yes, Peaky Blinders does seem to have sneaked up on the public, and then reeled them in quite quickly further down the line. I have heard a lot of people say they have been binge-watching it on Netflix and question why they hadn’t joined the Peaky party earlier! The show’s title gives away the fact that it’s about THE ‘peaky blinders’ who were a real gang in Birmingham in the 1920s. So it’s no surprise the show is centred on these men and their antics. The Peaky women are gangsters themselves, I suppose, but go about their business under the radar. They don’t need no razors in their hats! As much as I would love to don their spectacularly cool outfits and shaved heads of hair, it wouldn’t ring true to that time. But what does absolutely ring true throughout the show is the heartbeat of the Shelby family business being held together by these tough and intelligent women. I believe if you took the women away from the show, there would be no spine. Don’t get me wrong—more stuff for the women, please! Always! And I believe they’ll not stop there in future series … Perhaps they’re just warming up? That’s what I like to think.
SH: You’ve starred in two of British TV’s best crime drama hits of the last decade: Peaky Blinders, and Sherlock. And also in The Last Panthers which is set in Bosnia, Hungary, France and the UK. Crime dramas are winning gongs all over the place. Do you have a theory about why crime is such a popular genre?

NoK: This is a good question. I think it may be because it’s an interactive medium; viewers feel they’re participants in the unfolding of a crime, and that they’re figuring it out along with the protagonist. 

SH: Do you have a favourite ‘killer woman’ on TV?

NoK: I had to think hard about this one! Film seems to have more of an abundance of ‘killer women’. I can straightaway think of True Romances’ Alabama, and Uma Thurman’s Bride in Kill Bill as two of my top favourites. With TV, I find it trickier, but one that sprung to mind is Lol from Shane Meadows’ This is England. You feel such a raw empathy towards her and the choices she’s forced to make. Though not a natural born killer, she kills for survival and for sanity.

Natasha O’Keeffe tweets as @moussetash

The Killer Women Crime Writing Festival takes place on Saturday 15th October 2016 (9 am to 8.30 pm) at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. The full programme, which features Val McDermid (Wire in the Blood), Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne), and Ann Cleeves talking about Shetland (with Douglas Henshall hoping to join her) can be found hereFollow @killerwomenorg for news and scoops

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Tastes Like Fear in iBooks Bank Holiday promo

This weekend, you can grab all three Marnie Rome books for under £7 over in the iTunes store where Tastes Like Fear is down to £1.99 and No Other Darkness is just 99p.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Tastes Like Fear out in paperback today

Tastes Like Fear is out in paperback today with special bonus material including an interview with Noah Jake and an exclusive first peek at the opening of book four, which begins with *that* morning six years ago when Stephen changed Marnie's life forever. Do look out for it in independent bookshops, as well as the usual places, including WHS, Amazon, WaterstonesThe Book Depository (who give free shipping to the US) and the supermarkets including Asda who have it in a 2-for-1 offer with No Other Darkness. Go wild!


Monday, 25 July 2016

Tastes Like Fear director's commentary

Written for the WH Smith blog as part of this week's build-up to the paperback publication on Tastes Like Fear on Thursday 28 July.
Battersea Power Station, the best and most evocative of London’s derelict landmarks, plays a central part in Tastes Like Fear. I’d been wanting to write about it for a long time, and this is the story where it belongs.
On publication day itself I am reading at the Polari literary salon in the Southbank Centre from 7.30pm. Do come if you can, it promises to be a terrific evening.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Creative Thursday in Harrogate

On Thursday 20 July, Alex Marwood and I will be sharing our award-winning, bestselling crime writing secrets as part of Creative Thursday which kicks off this year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. It's going to be a great day and a great weekend. Do come if you can.

Details and tickets here

Friday, 17 June 2016

Dead Good Reader Awards

Thrilled to be on two shortlists for the Dead Good Reader Awards. Tastes Like Fear is contending for the Reader Recommends Award, and the Marnie Rome series is up for the Tess Gerritsen Award for best series. Much thanks to everyone who nominated me, and it would tickle me pink if you voted for me in these two categories. Thank you!

Full shortlists and voting here