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Belinda Bauer’s Psychological Thrillers

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Belinda Bauer is a British author that grew up in England and South Africa, and now lives in Wales (Bauer, “Biography”). “Belinda has worked as a journalist and screenwriter” (Bauer, “Biography”). She was a journalist in Cardiff for seven years (“The Writers of Wales Database”). She writes British crime novels, two of her famous novels are Black-Lands and Darkside (“Belinda Bauer (author)”). Her journalist background may have sparked her interest in writing crime and mystery novels. Belinda’s story lines are based off of true stories that have happened in the world (Maynard-Smith, Julian). In the novel Black-Lands one of the main characters, Avery, builds benches in the prison workshop to use as a ladder to vault over the prison wall, which was inspired from a true event from a prison escape in Dartmoor, England. (Maynard-Smith, Julian). The themes of both novels resulted from Bauer’s interest in mostly psychology, but also in sports and all forms of gambling (“Bauer, Belinda”). Both of the novels are set in the village of Shipcott, on Exmoor, in north Devon, England (“Belinda Bauer (author)”). Launching the novel Black-Lands acquired her the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of 2010 (“Belinda Bauer (author)”). Belinda Bauer’s Darkside and Black-Lands contain style, point of view, and tone in these novels. Belinda Bauer’s Darkside has a unique style about the novel that would draw the reader deep into the book. The novel was written in a more modern time where there is technology available to research evidence at the crime scene. The character in the novel creating the murders was a serial killer. The victims of Darkside were all in the elderly age bracket. She shares ... ... middle of paper ... ...eb. 27 Feb 2012. Bauer, Belinda. Black-Lands. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.Print. Bauer, Belinda. “Blacklands Q&A.”Belinda Bauer. Random House Group Limited. 10 Jan. 2011. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. Bauer, Belinda. Dark-Side. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. Print. “Bauer, Belinda.” Gregory & Company. Gregory & Company Authors’ Agents. n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2012. “Belinda Bauer (author).” Wikipedia. 10 Feb 2012. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web. 27 Feb 2012. Jakeman, Jane. “Darkside, By Belinda Bauer.” The Independent. 14 Jan. 2011. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. Maynard-Smith, Julian. “The Darkside of BELINDA BAUER..” Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine. Shots Mag. n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. Nikki-ann. “Blacklands-The Review.” Notes of Life. n.p. 7 Jul. 2012. Web. 3 Mar. 2012. “The Writers of Wales Database.” Llenyddiaeth Cymru Literature Wales. Welsh Government. n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2012.
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