Just realized this hero of the pandemic died two years ago at 100. May we all use our remaining days in such a good cause.
The cover for DEATH IN PRINT, ST. JUST 5, should be available later this month. It's going through the review process now. I can't wait to see it!
So I was playing around with the new AI technology from Microsoft and this is what it came up with. I asked for "imaginary English village Dorset 1950s" - or something like that, and it produced a not-bad village image. The wording, of course, is mine.
I must confess, this technology worries me, especially the technology that is going to replace writers any minute. And encourage a whole lot of cheating on college entrance essays, if we're honest.
If I were a graphic artist I would be worried, too.
Having been a lead judge for one of these categories I can tell you how difficult it is to sift through hundreds of entries and get consensus on just a handful.
I know a lot of these nominees personally so I can't get into commenting individually, but I will say congratulations on being nominated for this v important honor in the mystery world.
I always wondered about the people who worked behind the scenes in WWII to forge documents so people could evade the Nazis. One such person was Adolfo Kaminsky, who died last week. He went blind in one eye from working ceaselessly to create passports, birth certificates, ration cards, and so on.
His daughter wrote a book called Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life. Here is the Amazon link:
I won't be reading Harry's SPARE. The coverage of it has been so intense and widespread, I don't feel the need to. And now he's started to hint of even darker revelations to come in Book Two. (SPARED?) The publishers need him to earn out that massive multi-million advance for the two books.
Instead I'll be rereading Richard Osman's THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE, which is a little miracle of a book and deserving of all the praise it has received. Joyce, one of his creations, is a perfect character. You start to worry about all the characters, who are in their 70s. You want them all to live to be a hundred. But Osman is hinting one of them may be leaving us in a future book, possibly the next in series. I hope not.
.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.