Monthly Archives: August 2011
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.
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?
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.
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!