Belinda Bauer is an award winning author who is best known for her crime novel Blacklands. In her own words, she writes crime because it is a tight niche that talks about how lives are changed by other people’s deeds. In simple terms, writing crime is actually writing about people. Born in the UK in 1962, Bauer spent her childhood in England and later in South Africa. Her interest was never really in writing novels but rather in writing scripts for screenplays. She started off as a journalist and then ventured into script writing. Despite her screenplay The Locker Room winning the Carl Foreman BAFTA award and having had her Happy Now script filmed, her screenwriting career did not record a lot of success. With the influence of her mother, she opted to attempt novel writing in the hope that one of her works could be adapted into a screenplay.
Order of Belinda Bauer Standalone Novels
|2||The Facts of Life and Death||2014|
|3||The Shut Eye||2015|
|4||The Beautiful Dead||2016|
Order of Exmoor Trilogy Series
Her debut novel, Blacklands was highly acclaimed. It not only kicked off her writing career but also built the foundation of her unquestionable reputation for being a world class author in the crime genre of books. Belinda’s audience keeps growing by the day thanks to the fact that a good number of her novels have been translated into several languages. She has a website where she constantly interacts with her fans and updates them on her past, latest and upcoming projects.
Belinda Bauer Awards:
In 2010, Belinda Bauer’s debut novel, Blacklands won the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. Her next two novels, Darkside and Finders Keepers were received with very positive reviews and in 2012 she was a Library Award candidate for her entire body of work. Two years later in 2014, her novel “Rubbernecker” was named the crime novel of the year at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Belinda Bauer Books into Movies:
None of Belinda Bauer’s novels have film adaptations but she did write a movie called Happy Now. It starred Ioan Gruffudd and Alison Steadman.
Best Belinda Bauer Books:
Despite the fact that her debut novel Blacklands has won more awards and acclamations than any other, her fans have awarded the following three the highest average ratings:
Rubbernecker: first published in 2013, this book features a lone protagonist by the name Patrick Fort. Patrick is not your average medicine student, he is studying anatomy because he has a weird obsession with death. He has a burning desire to understand what exactly differentiates life from death. The fascination goes back to his childhood when he lost his father in a car accident. Patrick is very reclusive and obviously uncomfortable in the world. His photographic memory can remember a 12-digit number after only one recitation. It is his magical tool for observing and recording everything. As it turns out, he is going to need it more than he thinks. There is a possible murder and Patrick is examining the victim’s body. He can see all different types of clues that others can’t. In fact, his colleagues don’t seem to believe his assertions and the more clues he gets the deeper he sinks in danger. Now he must survive long enough to uncover the mystery.
The Facts of Life and Death: at a glance, Rural Devon seems to be a nice and normal place; of course except for the haunted house that is located at the top of the cliff. The relative calm is disrupted when women in the area start being harassed and terrorized by a man who not only forces them to strip but also demands that they phone home so that their mothers can witness the horrifying ordeal. The police have no leads and it is just a matter of time before the sick game escalates to murder. Amidst all the childish problems and fears that she is facing, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has to help her father to catch the killer while hoping that he doesn’t catch her first.
The Shut Eye: this is Bauer’s sixth novel. Anna Buck’s son, Daniel disappeared mysteriously. The only sign left behind are five footprints towards the door out of which he walked. Obsessed with grief, Anna spends her time guarding and polishing the prints. DCI John Marvel now has to solve the case despite having another unsolved case – the disappearance of 12-year-old Edie Evans. He is not particularly a well-mannered guy and keeps rubbing everyone off the wrong way. However, he is a very competent detective who will stop at nothing to solve the cases. The bad news is that they are eating him alive as slowly as Anna’s grief is doing to her. So when a psychic offers help, Anna can’t even think twice before grasping it. But is he a visionary as he claims to be or a fake preying on her grieving soul?