September 6-9. Bouchercon. St Petersburg, Florida. International Guest of Honour
AS OF APRIL 2018. Thanks to everyone who shelled out to buy/borrowed/stole a copy of Love Like Blood. I could not be more delighted with how it’s gone. The reviews have certainly been the best I’ve ever had. It never ceases to amaze me what a couple of quid and a bag of pork scratchings can get you. The paperback is now out there and knocking about in a variety ofbookshops/thrift stores/trashcans.
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – an eager new beat-combo featuring myself, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste – made their debut in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival and, in the wake of hardly any demand at all, we have plenty of shows already lined up for 2018. Presuming the band has not split up due to artistic differences, we will soon be working on some new songs to murder and appearing live at a variety of festivals! We have gigs (as I believe they’re called) coming up at Newcastle Noir, Glenrothes, Bloody Scotland and the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, as well as making a return appearance at Edinburgh in August. So invest in a good pair of ear-defenders and come along and see us.
The next book has now been delivered. It’s called The Killing Habit and will be published in the US by Grove Atlantic on June 26th. It’s far too early to say very much about it, but I can tell you it’s another Tom Thorne novel in which, once again, he teams up with DI Nicola Tanner. As with Love Like Blood, it’s inspired by a real case – one which, at the time of writing this, remains unsolved. There may of course be the odd reference to country music and, on that subject, I recently presented a documentary about the great Hank Williams on Radio 4. You can catch up with it, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095qs4j
Should you have the bizarre urge to catch me in the flesh (and get some sunshine while you’re a it) I’m hugely looking forward to coming to the US in early September, as International Guest of Honour at the World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon) in St Petersburg, Florida. You can also sign up to receive my regular-ish newsletter which always has lots more information, lovely pictures and some cheap jokes. I don’t send them out nearly as often as I should, but the next one will be coming soon, I promise.
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Yours in crime, in country music, and in a predictably tasteless shirt,