How’s the body count?

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A scene in a Tarantino film in which Brad Pitt's character gets his scalp

I write crime fiction. Not too gory I hope, though I do try to chuck at least one dead body down a deep metaphorical well at the bottom of each story.

Regular readers will know (spoiler alert) that the number of dead stiffs per book has been rising steadily as the ‘Moss Reid’ series progresses. It sort of comes with the territory. Oh well.

The Crime Writers’ Association did a survey of its UK members back in 2011 that found the average body count in UK crime novels was exactly 8.38. Run that by me again? Continue reading