Ann Cleeves – The CWA Awards dinner and the Diamond Dagger presented by our very own Martin Edwards was an evening to remember. Thanks to everyone who made it so special.
Margaret Murphy – Publication date for Splinter in the Blood – first of the Ashley Dyer series – is confirmed as 1st March 2018.
Kate Ellis – In the summer I signed a new four book contract with my publisher, Little, Brown.
Chris Simms – My next novel – titled Loose Tongues – takes the reader into the kind of dark serial killer territory I covered in books such as Outside the White Lines and Shifting Skin.
Martin Edwards – I’ve done a lot of travelling in recent months, promoting The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books in locations as diverse as Toronto, Nottingham, Cambridge, Newcastle, and York.
Cath Staincliffe – There’s been a fantastic response to my new novel The Girl in the Green Dress and you can read about the real-life inspiration for that story here.
Photo: Micha Theiner
This autumn has raced past. September saw the publication of The Seagull – my first hardback to hit the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list. It was great to celebrate in events throughout the north east. Huge thanks to all the readers who turned out and specially to the magnificent Helen from Forum Books who ran pop up bookstalls in community halls, libraries and even in Alnwick Castle.
In October I had my first Canadian tour and loved every minute. There were book festivals in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, and the highlight of the trip for me was the seaplane ride into Victoria, where I spoke in the famous Munro’s bookshop.
Then it was back to London for the CWA Awards dinner and the Diamond Dagger presented by our very own Martin Edwards. It was an evening to remember. Thanks to everyone who made it so special.
The UK publication date of Splinter in the Blood – first of the Ashley Dyer series – is confirmed as 1st March 2018, and is available for pre-order at Amazon and elsewhere. It will be published in Spain and South America by Anaya, bringing the total number of foreign rights sold to five. The new website is in development here.
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In the summer I signed a new four book contract with my publisher, Little, Brown and
I’m pleased to say that The Boy Who Lived with the Dead, the second novel in my Albert Lincoln trilogy, is now finished and with my editor, awaiting his comments.
I’ve been taking part in a number of events over the past few months including a return to Waterstones in Liverpool One with my fellow squaddies Cath and Margaret for a panel entitled Deadlier than the Male, discussing the contribution of women to crime fiction. I’ve also visited a number of libraries and I was delighted to take part in York’s Big City Read and Wirral’s Bookfest.
My short story, The Naked Lady of Prague, is in this year’s Crime Writers’ Association anthology, Mystery Tour. And I’m pleased to say that my next Wesley Peterson mystery, The Mechanical Devil, will be out at the beginning of February in hardback and e-book (to pre-order please go to this page on the Amazon website.)
Since shutting myself away and typing thousands upon thousands of words over the late summer, manuscripts of that novel were sent out to publishers. I’m delighted to say Severn House will be publishing it next year, along with a sequel at a later date. This marks a return to working with the amazing editor, Kate Lyall-Grant, who previously guided my two DC Iona Khan novels into print.
The first novel – titled Loose Tongues – takes the reader into the kind of dark serial killer territory I covered in books such as Outside the White Lines and Shifting Skin. The sequel – titled Marked Men – is more of a revenge thriller where the past comes to haunt a group of men who thought they’d got away with a vicious crime.
Both novels feature a brand new detective, Sean Blake, who has just won a place in Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Crimes Unit. All my time is now being spent completing the manuscript for Marked Men – so it’s back into the writing shed for me!
I’ve done a lot of travelling in recent months, promoting The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books in locations as diverse as Toronto, Nottingham, Cambridge, Newcastle, and York.
In January I’m heading to New York for a few days, as I’ve been invited to give the “distinguished speaker” (their term, not mine!) lecture to the Baker Street Irregulars at the Yale Club. This should be fun, as I’m a Sherlock fan, as well as author of The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of stories available as an ebook.
I’ve always loved short stories, and I’ve now edited 35 anthologies of crime writing, five of which have appeared in 2017. The latest British Library collections are The Long Arm of the Law and Foreign Bodies, while the CWA anthology, Mystery Tour, includes stories by fellow Squaddies Ann, Cath, Kate, and Chris.
My role as Chair of the CWA has made it a busy year, and a real highlight was the Daggers Awards dinner in London, where it was a joy to present Ann with the CWA Diamond Dagger. A memorable occasion.
We’ve just recorded the new series of Stone, created by Danny Brocklehurst. The 10-part detective drama will be on air on Radio 4 from Monday January 8th to Friday January 19th at 2.15 each weekday and my two episodes come in the middle.
There’s been a fantastic response to my new novel The Girl in the Green Dress and you can read about the real-life inspiration for that story here. I’m very pleased to be included in the new CWA anthology Mystery Tour edited by Martin Edwards. It makes a perfect Christmas gift with tales of murder and skulduggery in far flung locations. And now I’m busy working on my next book, called Falling Apart.
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