By Evangeline Jennings
A themed crime fiction collection of essentially feminist and very noir short stories and novellas, Riding In Cars With Girls was published on April 16th 2015. It’s a hard, fast, and beautifully dangerous read. Consider the evidence:
A smashing, original collection likely to be read again and again
Very clever stories crammed with thrills and twists
I can’t recommend this read highly enough.
Julie Shaw, author of the Sunday Times best selling true crime saga, Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family.
Consistently tightly-paced, audacious and action-driven
In signature Jennings style, characters are damaged, damned and dangerous, and never quite what they seem. With her recognisably distinctive, dynamic and subversive voice, Jennings’ narrators take us on a twisting, twisted joyride with sex, violence and secrets at each sharp and screeching turn.
For Books Sake
Pointed, sharp, and unexpected storytelling
Evangeline Jennings does a good job of building up her dark and dangerous settings and scenarios. The dialogue is crisp and clever. The twisting of expectation is done so elegantly and seamlessly that there’s nothing here at all that screams “setup”. That idea of women on the edge is so convincingly delivered, so believable that there’s not a speed bump in sight when it comes to accepting either plot or motivation. Everything in these short stories is as it should be when it comes to dark, twisted and desperate. The sex is explicitly love, lust and control; the drinking is hard; the language is profane and profound; and the cars, of course, are fast and dangerous.
AustCrimeFiction – Crime Fiction Reviews since 2006
Enter a violent and sexy world of feminist noir
With more than just a nod to the LGBT community, this caustic collection of stories takes no prisoners.
Crime Fiction Lover
Pick of the month
Jennings ticked every box for me with this collection … characters, setting, plot, pace, action, resolution.
Col’s Criminal Library
FIREBIRD — A small town cocktail waitress. A glamorous stranger behind the wheel of a stolen muscle car. A raging forest fire. What could possibly go wrong?
ESCORT — A high class hooker fucks a Mafia Don to death and the fallout forces an undercover Fed to make the toughest call of her career. Should she do her job or the right thing?
911 — Alex is doomed. Nikki’s along for the ride. Something about fjords.
AUDI — South London’s finest teenage car thieves stake their lives on an illegal road race.
TRANS AM — A widow hunts her husband’s killer across America. Route 666.
CROWN VICTORIA — Two young runaway lovers with a steep price on their heads take a savage road trip through every kind of crazy.
THE GRITTY NITTY
TITLE — Riding In Cars With Girls
AUTHOR — Evangeline Jennings
GENRE — Noir, Crime Fiction, LGBT
THEMES — Violence against Women, Gender, Sexuality, Disability
WORDCOUNT — 84,000 (380 pages)
PUBLICATION DATE: 16 April 2015
FORMAT: Kindle and paperback