First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has e-mailed me or DM'd me about my Lefty Award nomination for OLD DOGS. I am really, really honoured and chuffed to be nominated and haven't stopped smiling and hugging myself since. I wish I could hug the people involved in the nomination, but, since I don't know who it is/they are, I shall just thank three very special people - my lovely agent Allan Guthrie, Maxim Jakubowski of Maxcrime and the late - and much missed - David Thompson of Busted Flush. He would have been very happy.
Ian Rankin has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. That's brilliant Ian - well done. Errrrr...any chance you could come round and give me a quote for a loft conversion? Might be a few wee hitches - I actually live in a flat, so my upstairs neighbour might not be too chuffed.
One Regard enjoyed Kate Atkinson's STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG, which View From Carmine Superiore calls "a damn fine read", while Shelf Love reviews BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM.
A BBC radio crime drama by David Ashton for your delectation.
BooksPlease picks Christopher Brookmyre for letter C of the crime fiction alphabet.
The lovely Ayo over at Shots blog continues her 'looking forward to' series of posts.
Advance warning of a literary lunch with Alexander McCall Smith on June 2nd. And Books To The Ceiling reviews CORDUROY MANSIONS.
I wish I lived in Wisconsin. They get to study Scottish crime fiction. Lucky sods. I wonder whether Professor Bob Nowlan does a distance learning version.
I Meant To Read That blog with a great review of Allan Guthrie's HARD MAN.
And, finally, talking of Super Agent Al, the wonderful Anthony Neil Smith (if you haven't read his stuff and like dark, perverse and twisted, then do yourself a favour) has an 'imaginary' conversation with his agent - the aforementioned Allan Guthrie (who looks scarily like a bald Nick Cave (although not in real life)) . Well, Neil says it's imaginary, but I can hear Al saying everything - including the "I want to make dirty, sassy love to it." In fact, especially that line.