Having just released the third book in the Alby Murdoch series - Dead & Kicking (I'll type up my review as soon as I've finished giggling!), Geoff has happily agreed to a bit of a chat about the book. Which we're going to do backwards and forwards as I've got a few things I thought I'd like to ask him.
There is absolutely nothing like moving to stuff up your posting time.
I swear if I could find a crime fiction book about somebody who goes completely feral and murders everybody who says "oh you're moving over Christmas...." I'd read it, quote it, start leaving copies around all over the place!
Still the move is half way through - and we've switched over to living in the extreme rural environment of the Pyrenees Ranges in Central West (I think that's right) Victoria. It's peaceful - beautiful, although bloody hot. Bloody dry. Did I mention BLOODY HOT!
Sounds of trumpets / fanfares / mutterings from deep in the couch on Day Two of the Boxing Day test - and we managed a few moments to draw a winner.
Heartiest congratulations to:
Patricia P in Toronto, Canada
Your books will be winging their happy way to you, ready to bring a little Australian sun and fun to coldest Canada with my hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!
Thanks again to Geoff without whose kind support AustCrime couldn't have done this particular competition.
In great news from P D Martin,The Murderers' Club is now available in the US and Canada in the mass market paperback format. Just in time for Christmas, and Fan Mail is now available here in the smaller 'mass market' format.
(Perfect stocking stuffers to keep in mind for everyone!)
A new, Auckland-based journal/web zine is coming out towards the end of January.
Prima Storia aims to publish quality fiction, essays and interviews by emerging and established writers - including science fiction and crime writers - and, especially, novel work that defies categorization.
Please got to http://primastoria.com for more information.
Longer pieces will be paid for in book tokens - but you are not going to make a killing.
I met Kathryn Fox at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at
With another incredibly generous offer from one of our local crime writers, lucky participants can win a copy of Dave Franklin's latest book English Toss on Planet Andong. Please follow the link below for entry details.
Next book up is another historical - which I confess I would have never read in the past, and I've had quite a few as review books recently - many of them extremely good.
From the Blurb:
Constantinople, May 1453. In the dying days of the Byzantine empire, as 7000 armed men prepare to defend the city against the might of the Ottoman Turks, Isaak Merochites and his family are entrusted with a purple velvet bundle. Inside is a silver reliquary entrusted with a purple velvet bundle....