Monthly Archives: August 2011

Great Mysteries? Simple: Simon

Oh, happy day. Simon Brett is back. I dined on his Charles Paris novels in the ’80s. I delighted in the wondrous Mrs. Pargeter saga. A lot of the reason why I think writing mysteries is the summit of joy is because of Mr. Brett. Today I start reading “Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King’s Daughter.” I am a happy boy.

Grand Dames

If you go to Bouchercon, check out the Q&A with Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton, 6 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 14. It’s a benefit for the St. Louis Public Library and takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., across from Central Library. Tickets available by clicking here.

Acting Up

Novelists: Do you regularly break your novels down into Act I, Act II and Act III? Do you calculate the plot points that launch your story into the next act? I find it absolutely imperative but I’m an ex-theater guy. Who else does this?

Clever Gardiner

I’m reading Meg Gardiner’s “The Memory Collector” (2009; sorry, Meg, I’m behind in my reading). Terrific mystery with a wonderful protagonist and a scientific mystery, anterograde amnesia, I haven’t ever seen used well in a work of fiction. Cracking good mystery. Go get it.

Book launch

Save the date!

The book launch for BREAKING POINT, the sequel to CRASHERS, is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village, 7675 Southwest Capitol Highway. Annie Bloom’s will be selling books and I’ll be signing them! Free pizza and a local band will be on hand for entertainment.

See you there!

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