Review: Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler

Discovering Scarfolk: For tourists & other trespassers by Richard Littler Ebury Press I can’t say when I first stumbled across Littler’s Scarfolk site. Probably one of the usual suspects (Brazill or Billson). I’m pretty sure it was on Twitter, but it doesn’t really matter. What I discovered was that I knew that place very well….

Crime Fiction in Gdansk: Day Three (and Four)

It’s the little things that make a difference. I liked the attempt to give the authentic feel of a crime scene to the conference area. Good thing I resisted the urge to call these posts “Gdansking Lessons” which I was temped to do, following in Vonnegut’s footsteps (“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”)….

Crime Fiction in Gdansk: Day Two

Day Two kicked off a bit later for which I blame the two Pauls, of course. I missed the keynote! And it was on college mystery novels, so I hope to read it in the proceedings in the future. Ditto for Fiona Peters’ presentation on Barbara Vine; and I need to get to work on…

Crime Fiction in Gdansk: Day One

The short version: fantastic apart from Lot Airlines. Never fly Lot. Delays going from and coming to NY, mechanical problems, plus they didn’t admit to the delays until everyone was milling around waiting to board. The crew both in the airport at Warsaw and on the plane were unfriendly and often downright surly, so it…

Crime Fiction in Gdańsk

Here’s where I’ll be the rest of the week. I will endeavour to share pictures and stories as I can, WiFi allowing. I am looking forward to hanging with Mr B and a bunch of new folks, too, and talking about Dorothy Hughes. As I type this up I got the word that Graham Joyce…

Out Now: Hard-Boiled Witch 2 – Toil & Trouble

Hecate Sidlaw is back and magical mayhem is around! The second episode in the Hard-Boiled Witch series is out now: Toil & Trouble. Here’s the blurb: Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When she and her familiar Henry end up as seconds…

Cheap Thrills

To steal a line from Dolly Levi, “Money, if you’ll pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” Here are some things you ought to be encouraging to grow this spring: Exiles is a collection of 26 short stories from a stellar group…

White Rabbit Hops

I’ve been a bit off kilter of late, but slowly catching up with things. Here are some links to places I have been flogging my latest book with all my puny might (have to work on that upper body strength). Guest Posts I’m over at Richard Godwin’s for a Quick Fire at the Slaugherhouse where…

Building Interest

I really do like the blue walls and ceiling and bookshelves in my office. Suddenly it’s a whole new world. More places for books and media, but also a whole different feel to the place as well. Even once I took the blue paint masking tape off the windows and it no longer looked like…