Welcome to Episode 80 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Lauren Beukes, focusing on her recent novel generating a tremendous amount of buzz in and outside the genre: The Shining Girls. A combination crime novel / mystery / time traveling tale, this book uses gritty realism and compelling characters to generate both tension and dread–and as we discuss during the episode, this is a hard book to put down once you’ve picked it up. If you enjoy the talk, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll interview Lauren herself. Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!