For the fifth in this regular series of quickfire author interviews, I put the 9mm questions to Margot Kinberg, who has published two mystery novels starring police detective-turned professor Joel Williams, while herself working as an Associate Professor at National University in San Diego (specialising in linguistics in the School of Education). A crime fiction afficiando, Kinberg is also the creator of the excellent crime and mystery fiction blog, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist.
But for now, I'll leave you with Margot Kinberg herself:
Who is your favourite recurring crime fiction hero/detective? That's a difficult question, as I've become a fan of several sleuths, each of whom has brought something special to the genre. I would say, though, that my favorite is Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. Poirot is deliciously flawed, although he's brilliant, of course, and Christie gave his character multiple layers over the years. I think my real reason for choosing Poirot, though, is a sentimental one. Although I was first introduced to crime fiction through Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, I really became a fan of the genre through Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot.
What was the very first book you remember reading and really loving, and why? If you mean the first crime fiction book I remember reading and loving, it was Agatha Christie's Mrs. McGinty's Dead, which I first read when I got it as a gift when I was a young teenager. I was immediately drawn to the characters and to the intellectual puzzle. That book's got a fascinating connection between past events and the murder under investigation, too, and I found that irresistible as well. Ever since I read that book, I've been a crime fiction fan. I still have my original copy of it.
Thank you Margot Kinberg. We appreciate you taking the time to talk with Crime Watch.
So what do you think of Margot Kinberg's answers? Have you read any of her Joel Williams mysteries? If so, what did you think? Do they sound appealing? Feedback, thoughts, and comments greatly appreciated.