I promised a cover reveal for the upcoming Scott Drayco book #4, and here it is! After I put the finishing touches on Elegy in Scarlet and get final editorial input, it should be ready for you by October.
To tide you over, I'm giving away two signed trade paperback copies of Requiem for Innocence! If you're on Goodreads, here's the link to enter (FYI, both signing up for Goodreads and the giveaway are free). The giveaway begins on August 31 and ends on September 8. Stay tuned next month for another Goodreads giveaway (and a freebie just for newsletter subscribers).
A little bit of other good news: I was thrilled to be a finalist in this year's Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award in the Best Mystery/Crime category for Dies Irae (Scott Drayco Book #3)! Also, I'm excited about an upcoming Spanish translation of Played to Death and one in Italian for Requiem.
Now on to some news from the crime fiction scene:
September is a very active month for conferences and writers' workshops to suit just about every interest, so check out this listing of 36 conferences during September to see if there's one near you. Of course, Bouchercon in New Orleans is the headliner, since it's the largest gathering of crime fiction authors and fans in the U.S.
If you're a fan of crime dramas AND Agatha Christie, then you're in luck! Ben Affleck is working on a film adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution (to produce and star), and the BBC, which had already announced its own Witness series, just reported that it will be adapting a total of seven Christie books, including Ordeal By Innocence, The ABC Murders, and Death Comes As The End (a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt, the only one of her novels not to be set in the 20th century)..
Do you love plots twists? This listof books may be right up your alley.
If you're a TV show junkie, NPR compiled the third installment of Read, Watch, Binge!, in which they offer suggestions for additional reading/watching/listening if you like any of the 70 shows in this year's list.
The mystery artist strikes again: For the past five years, intricate sculptures crafted from the pages of books have been appearing around Edinburgh (with only one addressed to a specific author, Scottish crime fiction author Ian Rankin). The anonymous sculptor said the latest work, The Butterfly Tree, will be her last and invited the public to contribute their own paper butterflies to the sculpture, resulting in donations from the UK, Spain, Germany, Greece, and the US.
A bit of historical fun: A Spokane newspaper reprinted a brief interview from 100 years ago with mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart who was in town for an appearance at the time. (Rinehart was a favorite of my mother's when I was growing up.)
In other historical mystery news, archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of an 11th-century B.C. boy, a discovery that reads like a mystery novel on its own: was the boy sacrificed to Zeus, was it an accident, or is it all a hoax?
This Month's Trivia Question
In John Dickson Carr's "The Case of the Constant Suicides," what is the name of the detective protagonist? (answer is printed below)
(a) Gideon Fell
(b) Henri Bencolin
(c) Patrick Butler
(d) Sir Henry Merrivale
Quote of the Month
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." - Agatha Christie
I've been on a tear with mug cakes, lately. These are simple, fast, inexpensive treats almost anyone can make, as long as you have a microwave. Here's one that uses ingredients you probably already have on hand and is billed as "the moistest chocolate mug cake ever."
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(a) Gideon Fell, who is the protagonist of 23 mystery novels by Carr from 1933 through 1967, as well as a few short stories. Carr was an American who lived most of his adult life in England, while Dr. Fell is an Englishman who lives in the London suburbs.
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