Michael Dirda, Washington Post’s Mystery critic, and the best in the business, named his holiday shopping recommendations, including an “anthology of ultra-clever howdunnits.” You guessed it. And what a bargain!
With considerable help from my friend Jim Noy at the excellent blog https://theinvisibleevent.wordpress.com/ there is now a Kindle version of Noel Vindry’s The House That Kills ($7.99). At the same time, I’ve lowered the price on the paperback version to be in line with other older publications ($15.99).
A great review of LRI’s first Chinese-language locked room from a critic who has been lukewarm about Paul Halter. It’s honkaku meets Grand Guignol.
Effusive praise from PW (fully deserved, I may add, and great value for money)
CADS is the prestigious UK magazine read by all the detective fiction experts
This is the brilliant title of the latest in the British Library Crime Classics series, edited by the erudite and indefatigable Martin Edwards. The production values are excellent as usual (I love their covers) and there is a fine selection of stories from all over the globe. Highly recommended.
The Frankfurt Book Fair, which takes place in October is one of the largest and most prestigious in the world, covered on a daily basis by the top publishing magazines, including Publishers Weekly. PW’s October 12 Frankfurt Show Daily contained an excellent review of the crime scene in France, both classic and contemporary, Cherchez les Francais by Lenny Picker. 2017_10_12 Frankfurt Daily
I wasn’t altogether unhappy that page 1 was almost entirely dedicated to LRI’s classic and Paul Halter offerings, but all kidding aside, there’s some really good stuff here about today’s writers. In fact, as a result of the article, I ordered The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas, one of France’s best-selling authors (authoress, actually).
“excellent anthology… I loved burning through these stories.”
The paperback became available today and the ebook will follow shortly. PW praised its tautness and freshness and accorded the author an interview. There is a fascinating Foreword which foretells the huge potential of Chinese/Taiwanese impossible crime literature
… (to steal a slogan from Thomas the Tank Engine)
I was enormously flattered for my little one-man-band to be featured alongside The British Library, Harper Collins, Pushkin Vertigo, Rue Morgue Press and others, in Martin Edwards’ great article “A New Golden Age for Crime Classics?” … particularly since Death in the Dark (for which Martin wrote the Introduction) got more coverage than any other! Apologies for the rather gritty pdf. When I can get hold of a soft copy in glorious Technicolor, I’ll post it.