Just a quick reminder that those in and around the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island should strongly consider heading along to the "Whodunnit and Whowunnit" event in a couple of weeks time (Tuesday 30 November). I will be MC-ing a crime fiction panel discussion with finalists Neil Cross and Vanda Symon, and Christchurch-based international bestseller Paul Cleave, followed by the presentation of the first-ever Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. It should be a great night. You can read more about the evening here. Contact Ruth Todd on 03 384 4721 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets ($10, includes a glass of wine and nibbles).
Onto the round-up.
Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
- Bruce Ward of The Ottawa Citizen asks whether Canadian writers need to set their books south of the border to get well-deserved attention as he takes a look at the latest mystery novel from the Citizen's own poltical columnist Randall Denley, ONE DEAD SISTER, "a beguiling tale of a powerful political family and an unsolved murder that happened 30 years ago in a town in the Adirondacks".
- Bestselling British crime writer Peter James shares insights from his personal battle with Type 2 diabetes - causes and effective management - in an article for the Mail Online.
- The Southwest Riverside News Network profiles author Jeri Westerson, who lives in a small Southern California town but sets her Shamus Award-winning mystery series in medieval England, with a former knight as the whodunnit hero. Westerson talks about the power of persistence and following your heart rather than publishing trends.
- Norman at Crime Scraps revisits one of the most influential and all-time great crime fiction series, the Martin Beck books by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, to see if the novels are still as good as he remembers.
- Jonathan Segura profiles legendary US crime writer and "the coolest man in America", 85-year-old Elmore Leonard, in an interesting feature for Publishers Weekly.
- While reviewing John Banville's latest novel under his well-known Benjamin Black semi-pseudonym, Rosemary Goring of Herald Scotland asks what pushes an author to write under a pen name? An interesting question, as one of the finalists for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel is the unknown writer who goes by Alix Bosco.
- Diane Makovsky of Fredericksburg.com takes a look at COLLUSION, the sophmore effort from Irish thriller writer Stuart Neville, whose debut THE TWELVE (aka THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST in the United States) received widespread raves all around the world.
- Joe Nimmo of the Portsmouth News reports on the mysteries of crime fiction and the realities of crime-fighting were revealed during Portsmouth BookFest's recent Crime and the City event, where internationally-acclaimed crime writers were joined by police and forensic experts to uncover the facts behind the fiction.