My lovely agent rang me today to tell me that Somebody Important in Hollywood likes OLD DOGS and is going to pass it to two Very Important Actresses and a Very Important Director. As you can imagine, I am full of glee. I am sure that nothing will come of it, but in the meantime it's lovely to dream. Even better, when I told my Mum she said "Very Important Actress and Very Important Actress? Maybe I'll read it after all, our Donna." And then she headed off to scan the Kays Catalogue for a new outfit for the Oscars where she's apparently going to be sitting next to Steven Spielberg. (I'm afraid she's been star-struck ever since she came home from CrimeFest, where she accosted one of the Heartbeat actors as he tucked into his bacon and eggs. Or, as she refers to the event "That time I chatted to my friend Bernie Scripps.") Actually, I can just picture her making sure Mr Spielberg doesn't get big-headed - "Eeee, our Steven - what is it with all the dinosaurs and aliens? Why can't you direct a nice film?"
Even if nothing ever comes of it, what really warms my cockles is that somebody enjoyed the book and that it made them laugh. That's a lovely thing to know.
Anyway, on to the proper news.
A number of new reviews from the always excellent Crimesquad, including one of Tony Black's TRUTH LIES BLEEDING.
An interview with Ken McClure.
A review of Morag Joss' AMONG THE MISSING, one of Denise Mina's FIELD OF BLOOD. And one of Christopher Brookmyre's WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED.
Peter May on the research trip from hell.
The role of Edinburgh in the television version of Kate Atkinson's CASE HISTORIES.
Ian Rankin posted on Twitter his appearance in an Oor Willie cartoon.
And, finally, good job it wasn't Buckfast. They would have had to call in the army.