Launch - Killing Hands, P D Martin

Report from Phillipa (thanks Phillipa - those of us (ie me) who couldn't make the launch are really pleased you have given us a report on the night.   It's the little things like this that remind us readers how nerve wracking it must be being "the author".

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On Thursday 29 January hubby and I hosted the official launch of The Killing Hands, book four in the Sophie Anderson series.

About 110 of our family and friends came along to the Colonial Hotel in Melbourne to have a drink (or two), buy a book (hopefully!) and catch up. We also had some of the Sisters in Crime crew and members of the Melbourne Pan Macmillan office too.

The heat certainly was a factor – as I was driving down Lonsdale Street at 5.30pm, it was 45 degrees Celsius. I like the warm weather but this was overpoweringly hot…damn hot. So hot that we have to move from Colonial’s second level function room to their first, because the upper level air-con wasn’t cutting it.

Around 7.15 we did the speeches – the only real formality of the night. Hubby was the compere, then Jan Novak from Pan Macmillan said a few words, and then it was my turn. Given I’d abandoned writing my speech at 4pm that day and just gone with summarised points, I was nervous. I like my words on the page, not flowing from my head into a microphone! Still, everyone said the speech was good.

It was a great night and the only thing that would have made it better was more air-con.