Saturday, January 08, 2005

Bloodlines - Hello Irene

HI, just back from the Jan Burke signing at Mysteries To Die For. This was Jan's second stop on her tour for her new book BLOODLINES.

This, like many series books that came out in the last 2 years, predates the first book in the series, GOODNIGHT, IRENE. Once again we are excited to have another Burke novel, especially one containing Irene. In this book we get to know about O'Connor, who was killed off in the opening chapter of the series. Burle discussed the research involved in putting this together as it takes place in 1958 and flashes back to the 30's and forward to 2000.

Burke also talked about Crime Lab Project. Form the website:
The Crime Lab Project is a group of crime writers and their friends and readers who are concerned about the gap between the public's beliefs about current state of forensic science and the reality faced by the many underfunded, understaffed labs and coroners' offices throughout the country. We see the lack of support given to labs as a matter that has a growing negative impact on law enforcement, justice, and national security.

Jan also talked about the short stories that will be published during 2005 such as "LOST AND FOUND" which will be in Creature Cozies.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Donna Moore Appreciation Day

I'm very late. What more can be said that has not been posted?

I await the privilege of your company and I too will toast you by drinking Jameson out of one of your shoes.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Secret Dead Men Promotion - Win a CD!

In an effort to provide some buzz about his new novel, Secret Dead Men, author Duane Swierczynski has provided some insight on what inspired him to write his book. Toward the end of the blog you have an opportunity to win a CD. Check the details here!

Oh, yes, Buy This Book!

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Mystery Bookstore Makes RED JUNGLE Crime Club Selection for January

Hot off the press from the Mystery Bookstore :

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 at 1:00 p.m.
KENT HARRINGTON signs RED JUNGLE Dennis McMillan, $30.00 CRIME CLUB SELECTION and SHELLY'S FAVORITE: Russell Cruz-Price, the son of an American businessman and a Guatemalan coffee heiress, returns to Guatemala in the midst of a hotly contested Presidential campaign. He finds himself pulled into one candidate's campaign as he falls in love with another candidate's wife, and as he succumbs to an obsessive search for a legendary jade statue known as the Red Jaguar. The author describes it as "The Quiet American meets Treasure of the Sierra Madre," and the book deserves comparison with both classics. Full disclosure: Clair edited his book while Kent was writing it, proofed the final galleys, and has done a fair amount of promotional work for it. Objectively, though, this is far and away Harrington's best work, and made a few "Best of 2004" lists before it was even published. The first printing is only 1,000 copies, so don't miss the opportunity to buy this book now. This title is not yet available. Please contact The Mystery Bookstore directly to reserve a copy. You may email or telephone us on our toll-free number, (800) 821-9017.

75th Post - New Year Resoultions

Happy New Year to all of you.

After a two week absence, where it was time to reflect on the year, spend time with family and friends and gets some time to relax and catch up on my reading, I'm back.

1) Read more - I want to set a goal of 100 books this year, Roughly 2 books a week.
2) Spend less money on books, unless I can write them off on the taxes.
3) Like Dave and Jim, loose about 30 pounds and get back to my fighting weight of 185.
4) Write and hopefull publish some work.
5) Update this blog at least twice a week.

What's on the reading list for January:
1) BLOOD FATHER by Peter Craig
2) LOS ANGELES by Peter Moore Smith
3) BLACK MONEY by Ross MacDonald (RAVA read)
4) THE WATCHER IN THE PINE by Rebecca Pawel
5) THIRD & FOREVER by Lowen Clausen
6) ASK A DEAD MAN by Robert S Levinson
7) THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER by Raymond Chandler
8) This HERE'S A STICK-UP by Duane Swierczynski (Le Blanc)
9) BRASS by Helen Walsh
10) Hidden River by Adrian McKinty
and of course all those ezines and short stories I can fit in at lunchtime!

Let me know what your plans are......

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