Tana French: Master (word) Chef


The Trespasser remains my favorite French entrée.

~ The Page Palate

‘Tis the season for thrills and chills, so it seems only fitting to pay homage to one of my all-time favorite writers: Tana French. While she has written a couple of stand-alone novels most recently, it is her Dublin Murder Squad series I fell in love with. 

Even though the six novels in the series all take place in Dublin with an overlapping cast of characters, they can be savored in any order. The Trespasser is the final book in the series, but it was the first I read, and it remains my favorite French entrée. 

Why do I love feasting on her novels? Her writing style. I love getting lost down the many winding trails of her prose. She’s known for her atmospheric writing, and once you dig into one of her books, you’ll see why. The setting, Dublin, is a character all its own, and one I long to meet in person. 

But it’s more than her writing. I get completely immersed in the lives of her characters as they work tirelessly to catch the killer while wrestling with their own demons (and the dialogue is a delightful dialect treat!). 

So if you’re looking to indulge in a psychological crime thriller, there is no greater master (word) chef than Tana French. 

Fellow indulgers of fine words, what Tana French masterpiece is your favorite?

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Published by Miranda Keskes

Miranda Keskes is a freelance blogger, journalist, and fiction writer who writes most often about parenting, autism, education, and her love of reading! Learn more at her business site, KeskesInk.com, and her book blog, ThePagePalate.com.

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