Tuesday 27 September 2011

Birthday Crime Fiction

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog. I was at a conference this weekend for the helpline organisation I volunteer for (inspiring, interesting and bloody good fun), I also have an essay to write on The Big Society. I'm taking the evening off and eating ice cream, since it's my birthday. So, here we go with the latest from the world of Scottish crime fiction.

Talking of the Big Society, here's Alexander McCall Smith on mending broken societies. But first of all, he needs to fix his house. And then he can head off to Indonesia. Finally, a review of THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH. Does the man ever sleep?

Novel Insights discovers Val McDermid, and Mostly Fiction reviews TRICK OF THE DARK. The Irish Independent asks Val some great questions, and Val gives some great answers.

The lost novel of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Ray Yanek discovers Chris Ewan at Bouchercon.

Irvine Welsh is adapting a documentary about bare-knuckle bxing into a drama series for HBO.

Cleveland.com loves Denise Mina's THE END OF THE WASP SEASON.

Ian Rankin has recorded an audio guide for a mining museum. And he's reviewing restaurants. But it seems as though he hasn't finished writing books yet.

Finally, Glasgow gang crime has reduced due to an interesting idea. Or maybe the gangs are all raiding sheds.


  1. Happy Birthday, Donna!

  2. Hearty Birthday Wishes to a wonderful Badsville blogger named Donna!

    I got to hear Val McDermid on a few panels at the recent Bouchercon, and she was as great, witty, intelligent, and one-of-a-kind as I'd hoped from seeing her only on the web before. Great Q&A article about her, thanks!

    THE END OF THE WASP SEASON is sitting here on my bookshelf screaming to be read, can hardly wait, love her writing.

    And that is an interesting idea about reducing crime, what an article! Raiding sheds for metal to sell....hm....isn't life always interesting.

    And the good part of doing this here is though I'm loudly singing Happy Birthday To You, you can't hear it. :-)


  3. Thanks both! And Bobbie - Val is always great fun at events. Glad you had a good time at B'con.