Thursday, 3 February 2011

So random, I can't even think of a title

The Crimefest programme is finalised. Moderators and panellists will shortly be getting e-mails and then it will be going up on the website. I have a fiendish piece of homework for my panellists. Little do they know - bwahahahahaha.

Ian Rankin gets lyrical for Let's Get Lyrical.

Lots of reviews today. First of all a couple from Karen over at How Mysterious! - Caro Ramsay's ABSOLUTION and Alexander McCall Smith's THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS.

Next, a review of Kate Atkinson's STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG, and another. LoveReading on Val McDermid's TRICK OF THE DARK. Sugar Creek Cottage reviews M C Beaton's DEATH OF A MAID, and the lovely Bernadette over at Reactions To Reading really enjoyed Christopher Brookmyre's PANDAEMONIUM.

And here's a review of Allan Guthrie's BYE BYE BABY, which is currently number 10 on Amazon's Kindle list. Let's see if we can get it to number 1.

Nigel Bird's debut short story collection is out and getting some nice comments.

Seventy years after his death, The Scotsman wonders why John Buchan doesn't get as much notice he deserves.

If you want to catch Alex Gray out and about she's doing a few events over the next few months - including a trip to Barlinnie on February 15th (which, I guess, doesn't so much count as 'out and about' as 'banged up'. You might find that one a bit difficult to attend without a prior reservation. Incidentally, she's doing that one with Tony Black and Gordon Brown. I do believe we're only missing Mr Pink and Mr Orange for a full cast list.

Talking of Tony Black, he's just signed up with the glorious Pulp Press to write a novella for them. No news on what it's about yet, but I for one can't wait. Although, of course, I'll have to. Oh, and by the way, I've just finished Tony's new one - TRUTH LIES BLEEDING - which is due out next week, is bloody brilliant. Review to follow.

And, finally, Helen Fitzgerald on being rejected. Oh, and Helen...I love you and I am in love with you.

Have a lovely weekend, Dear Reader.


  1. For several years I have wondered why publishers would only consider works of more than 80,000 words - because that is quite a lot to handle if you are new to the game.

    So it is very encouraging that short stories - and perhaps also novellas - seem to be in vogue again. If Tony Black can publish a novella today, perhaps ordinary folks´ll have a chance in ten years´ time.

  2. This was so interestingly different. With such ideas I have in my mind. Myself is in the mood to right with music.