Martin Edwards – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books has just been published by the British Library, and he has been delighted by early reaction to it.
Cath Staincliffe – The Silence Between Breaths will be published in translation in France by Editions Bragelonne.
Ann Cleeves – Ann tells us of her travels, with the standout destination being Estonia, where she took part in the Tallinn HeadRead Festival.
Margaret Murphy – Margaret has completed edits on Splinter in the Blood, and made a start on outlining the second Ashley Dyer novel.
Chris Simms – Chris has finally succeeded in getting the entire DI Spicer series back in print.
Kate Ellis – The paperback of The Mermaid’s Scream will be published at the beginning of August.
And read to the end for news of a couple of giveaways!
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books has just been published by the British Library, and I’ve been delighted by early reaction to it – including Roland White’s lengthy and hugely positive review in the Sunday Times. Copies were available pre-publication at the Bodies from the Library event at the British Library on 17 June, and eighty hardbacks were sold – I’ve never had a day quite like that in terms of sales…
The previous week-end, I’d hosted Alibis in the Archive at Gladstone’s Library, an event held in partnership between the Library, the CWA, and the Detection Club. It sold out months in advance, and a wonderful roster of speakers, including Ann Cleeves and Kate Ellis, gave the audience rich entertainment. The rapturous feedback meant that the Library decided to repeat the event next year. Make a note of the dates, 8-10 June, since we expect another sell-out.
My latest anthology for the British Library, Continental Crimes, has just earned a lovely review from Marcel Berlins in The Times. And what of fiction? Well, I’m writing busily, promise. And I’m thrilled that my story “Murder and its Motives” has been longlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger.
The restorative justice dialogue that I took part in at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute was a fascinating and very moving event. A presentation should be up on the website soon. I’ve delivered the second drafts of my radio scripts for the new series of Stone, created by Danny Brocklehurst. At this stage it’s hard to know how many more drafts we’ll do.
Looking ahead I’m delighted to announce that The Silence Between Breaths will be published in translation in France by Editions Bragelonne. C’est magnifique! And it’s only a couple of months till September when The Girl in the Green Dress comes out. Do take a look at the cover – I think it’s great. Now I need to dream up some characters and a story for my next book…
In the last newsletter, I said I needed time to write. That’s still how I feel! Since coming back from the US, I’ve been travelling again, though the pace hasn’t been so hectic or the distance so great, and I’ve loved every place I’ve visited.
Perhaps the standout destination was Estonia, where I took part in the Tallinn HeadRead Festival. Details of this are on the diary page of my website: www.anncleeves.com. As you can tell, I loved every minute.
Next came Alibis in the Archives, organised by our own Martin Edwards. Set in the Gladstone Library in Hawarden, this should have been a peaceful and restful weekend, conducive to creativity. But it was so packed with interesting lectures and great company, that not a word got written.
Last of all I was a guest of the Alderney Literary Trust. I didn’t even attempt to write in Alderney – the sun was shining, the sea was inviting (though very cold) and I was with my friends James and Nicola Grieve. James is a forensic pathologist who appears as himself in my Shetland books, and we did discuss matters criminal, but again it didn’t improve the word count of the new novel.
In the next quarter, I must try harder…
With a self-imposed embargo on events over the summer, I’ve completed edits on Splinter in the Blood, and made a start on outlining the second Ashley Dyer novel. If anything, this one is shaping up to be even darker . . .
Despite the hiatus, I am continuing bi-monthly reviews of books new and old in my ‘Shelf Indulgence’ column, once you’ve finished the essential summer reads from Murder Squad!
I’ve finally succeeded in getting the entire DI Spicer series back in print (for years the titles have only been available in ebook format). It’s been a fascinating process to organise as it also involved commissioning cover designs; all eight titles are available on Amazon.
For the past few weeks I’ve been spent far more time than is healthy at my computer typing. (70,000 words in a month is not good for your fingers!) I hope to share news of what the project is very soon.
The most recent issue of the online magazine I edit for the Crime Readers’ Association, Case Files, reached a record of 19 new books featured: testimony to the breadth of talent in the Crime Writers’ Association membership. You can subscribe to future copies of the magazine for free at thecra.co.uk
Finally, for those who’ve been enjoying The Handmaid’s Tale on television, I’ve been reading a brilliant Margaret Atwood book on the act of writing, Negotiating With The Dead. In it, she records various reasons authors have for writing in the first place. The most worthy: ‘To amuse and please the reader.’ The most amusing? ‘To satisfy my desire for revenge.’
It’s been a busy Spring which saw me taking part in panels at CrimeFest in Bristol and speaking at Alibis in the Archives with my fellow Squaddies Martin Edwards and Ann Cleeves. A particular highlight was being invited back to my home city of Liverpool to speak at ‘Liverpool Noir’ at Waterstones.
I’ve begun work on the second book in my Albert Lincoln trilogy (the follow up to A High Mortality of Doves) and I’m delighted to say that the paperback of The Mermaid’s Scream will be out at the beginning of August (to pre-order please go to this page on the Amazon website.)
New subscribers’ giveaway – congratulations to new subscriber 1226, who has won a signed paperback of Ann Cleeves’s The Moth Catcher. We have emailed you and as soon as we have your snail mail address we’ll get it out to you!
(Winner chosen via Random.org)
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