Friday 7 March 2014

"He was not dead, long story short"

Jose Ignacio Escribano over at The Game's Afoot reviews STRANGE LOYALTIES by William McIlvanney, The Spectator reviews Stuart MacBride's A SONG FOR THE DYING, the New York Times enjoys Denise Mina's THE RED ROAD and The Skinny reviews Christopher Brookmyre's BEDLAM.

Lots of Scotland's criminal luminaries (fictional, mostly) will be appearing at the Cromarty Crime and Thrillers Weekend between 25th and 27th April, including Ian Rankin, Lin Anderson, Alex Gray and Stuart MacBride, along with Ann Cleeves.

More appearances: first of all Val McDermid at the International Women's Festival in Dundee, and Denise Mina in Milwaukee on March 8th.

Here are Irvine Welsh's favourite albums. And what Ian Rankin has learned about writing.

The Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year award is now open for submissions.

The Sherlockians assess Benedict Cumberbatch. Or, as my man Ewan's mother misnamed him...Bernadette Cumberbitch.

Omnimystery News has a conversation with Alan Jones, author of Glasgow-set novel The Cabinetmaker. And I think Alan has set the standard for book launches: cabinet making and dancing. I hope you're taking notes, Michael Malone. I'm expecting a fancy set of drawers (of the wooden kind) and an Argentinian Tango at this.

This is my worst nightmare.

Finally, when I was a girl, Pippa Dee parties were never like this...


  1. Oh, lots of lovely links this time, Donna! Thanks :-)

  2. Thanks for the mention, Donna. I really appreciate it

  3. Margot, Jose Ignacio - you are most welcome!

  4. Yes, lovely links! I just finished Denise Mina's Red Road, and the NYTimes piece calls it "as fierce a story as any Mina has written" and as we know, that says a lot. I thought of Garnethill as I started this one, yes, very fierce. What a writer! And I loved all the links that The Cabinetmaker had and led me toward! Making cabinets outside to sell his book! Unfortunately I don't own a Kindle...wish it was in print too! And Benedict Cumberbatch and Bernadette Cumberbitch! Love them both! :-) Great blog post, Donna!

  5. I love your blog for showing that good crime stories can be told in many different ways. My novel THE BISHOP’S GRANDDAUGHTERS is a case in point. For instance, if you like James Patterson’s thrillers, you will love THE BISHOP’S GRANDDAUGHTERS, where when investigating certain missing pages in the family Bible that had come into her possession, Rev. Viola Flowers learns of a grisly double murder in 1910. Was her beloved grandfather, an esteemed bishop and founder of her church, involved in those terrible murders? Making the story extra alluring is the fact that the central character is female.

  6. Bobbie - great that you compare it to Garnethill - the Maureen series is my favourite of her books. By the way, I have a copy of Glasgow Women's Library's 21 Revolutions for you :o)

    Abbwa - thank you!