We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog with some news that might be of interest for crime readers. Or not.
- I think the blog might be a little less frequent over the next few weeks. I’ve managed to pull a muscle in my side somehow – annoying more than anything else – but the main thing that proves to be a problem is sitting still. And, therefore, reading. Especially books where I need to persevere a little to get into it – I’m probably more likely to give up on one and reach for an old favourite rather than sticking with something that isn’t grabbing my attention. Hence my last two reads being Paul Doherty’s The Herald Of Hell and J A Lang’s third Chef Maurice book (the review of which won’t see light of day until the book is out next month, but damn, it’s good). Both of these really helped to take my mind off things – exactly what I needed – so it’ll be more of the favourites for a while. So apologies if you’re waiting for a review from me – I’ll be on to them soon.
- And talking about Chef Maurice – I’ve been singing the praises of the series for a while now. A combination of classic, fairly-clued mystery and genuinely funny humour (a rare thing), the three books to date have been a breath of fresh air. J A Lang, along with L C Tyler (although it’s a different sort of humour) has convinced me that the comic mystery can work – and work magnificently. Anyway, the point of the news item is that if you haven’t tried the series yet, the debut – Chef Maurice And A Spot Of Truffle – is free on Amazon this weekend (19th September). So now you’ve got no excuse (apart from ebook-free Sergio, of course.) If you’re in the US, here’s the link for you.
- And I thought I’d mention a couple of new blogs that I’ve come across, via comments that they’ve left on my blog. First off is crossexaminingcrime run by @ArmchairSleuth aka Kate Jackson. She’s been blogging on crime fiction since June 2015 – roughly since The Bodies In The Library conference, which she attended although we didn’t meet. We’ll have to rectify that if there’s a repeat of the conference next year, and she’s been a lot quicker than me in reading the freebies that we were given. The other is The Invisible Event, run by “JJ” – @invisible_event)- solidarity here amongst secondary school maths teachers. Mostly looking at classic crime books from the 1920s to 1950s, he promises a new post every Wednesday – so mark it in your diaries.
- And finally… in case anyone who reads The Herald Of Hell and knows what my real name is (anonymity is a necessity of being a school teacher but I know that some of you know it), that character isn’t named after me. I emailed Paul and while my name may have been floating around his subconscious, it wasn’t deliberate. But it was fun thinking so for a while. Oh, and in other Paul Doherty news, there are going to be two new Hugh Corbett books – probably his most popular series – coming soon. It was Nightshade that lured me into his books (and a pointer from Sergio) so I’m very excited by this.
There is a fifth bit of news that I really can’t share for a while, but it’s very exciting to me at least (no, it’s not a book deal – I’d have to write something first). But I’ll let you know when I can.
So, coming soon on the blog – expect Sergeant Cribb, Baldwin Furnshill & Simon Puttock, Hercule Poirot, Chef Maurice, Nicholas Segalla, Sister Fidelma, Miss Marple, Gideon Fell, Ethelred & Elsie, Ellery Queen… and whatever else takes my fancy. So business as usual, really.