Always with a question mark these days, but in the summer of 2022, I plan to be in Edinburgh, Scotland. I've been before (was married there) but this time it will be to visit my new publisher at Canongate. And to revisit Holyrood, of course.
Review of John Grisham's The Guardians
Whenever I'm thrashing about trying to find something good to read (which is getting harder and harder to do, is it me?) I turn to John Grisham. Reliably entertaining, plus I learn a lot.
This one is a particularly damning indictment of the justice system, based on a true case. I think it was dramatized on Investigation ID or one of those shows and is worth a watch--Grisham puts in an appearance.
Highly recommended. Prepare to be outraged.
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/21434438-g-m
I've just started taking advantage again of my Goodreads membership. There are several reasons for this. One is a growing dissatisfaction with traditional social media outlets. Goodreads is for readers, after all, and I'm much more interested in sharing news about a great read than ... well, than almost anything else.
Here is a link to my author page; I would love it if you would find me there.
Please note: If I have any quarrel with a book, I don't review it negatively or give it a low rating. I just don't review it at all. As a result I think you'll find most of my reviews are 4 or 5 stars but I believe no less valid for that. I want people with tastes similar to mine to hear my raves about a great book.
The Poisoner's Handbook. A PBS production dated 2013, but the date doesn't matter. It is talking about the slipshod methods used by (so-called) coroners until the field was brought into some kind of order, around 1920. Riveting. Maybe not for children, some of the photos are a bit too realistic.
Taking a breather
Time to refill the well, for however long. Hours or days. The thing about being a writer is, you are never 100% happy if you're not writing and you don't quite know what it is you want to do. But the brain needs time to review the status to date. And the body needs time to rest, too.
Two short stories coming from EQMM
THE PACT is another Magdalene Duchateau story, and like the others it is set in the 1930s.
The focus in this one is on her son-in-law Hewitt, who may have witnessed a crime while on vacation in Majorca (the Anglicized spelling of Mallorca).
The second story is SOMETHING BLUE, a tale of wedding preparations at a destination wedding gone very wrong.
The Man Who Died Twice
I am giving this Richard Osman book every rave I can. Not that he needs it. I predict he will win a ton of awards for this series.
Reading it slowly because I don't want it to end. Hilarious, touching. The violence sort of doesn't ring true in such a "nice" book but that's ok. It's a book you'll want to read as a break from the slew of nonessential books out there. Promise. Whatever age you are, you will probably love it.
Especially during the upcoming holidays.
The series (two books to date) has been picked up by Netflix. It will be interesting to see who the actors are.
.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.