Monday, 3 May 2010

Meeting in May

The next meeting of the book club is scheduled for Tuesday 25 May at the earlier than usual time of 6.30pm. We will be discussing Anne Zouroudi's THE TAINT OF MIDAS.

Also just a reminder that there is an open invite to the launch party for my new book THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VEGAS to be held at Jabberwocky on Tuesday 11 May from 6pm. Please invite along as many people as you can. More details below.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Next Meeting - 20 April

The next book club meeting will be on Tuesday 20th April at Jabberwocky, at the usual start time of 7.30pm. We will be discussing Dennis LeHane's first novel, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR.

The next 2 books to be read and discussed will be Anne Zouroudi's THE TAINT OF MIDAS, followed by Patricia Cornwell's POSTMORTEM (on dates to be agreed).

After that, we'll be choosing a new set of books. Speaking of which, you might like to take a look at the following list of books that Barry has pointed me towards - all recommended by previous book club author, Jonathan Kellerman.

See you on the 20th.

Oh, and don't forget to encourage as many people as possible to come along to Mannslaughter and Mayhem a few days later on Saturday 24th April. In anticipation of the evening, a full interview with Allan Guthrie can be found over at my author blog.


Friday, 15 January 2010

Mannslaughter and Mayhem

Crime is coming to the Isle of Man!

Scheduled for Saturday 24 April, Mannslaughter and Mayhem is an evening of award winning, bestselling crime fiction featuring Scottish-based authors Stuart MacBride, Allan Guthrie and Donna Moore.

The event will take place at the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin and will feature an evening of readings and entertaining interviews with the guest authors, after which members of the audience can raise their own questions before meeting the authors in person and purchasing copies of their books to be signed. The Isle of Man winner of the CWA Young Crime Writers’ Competition will be announced during the evening, with the winner invited up on stage to be presented with their prize by the guest authors.

Doors open from 6.30pm and tickets are priced at £7 (including a glass of complimentary wine). Tickets available from the Erin Arts Centre Box Office (telephone 01624 832662, open Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm) and the Lexicon Bookshop in Douglas.

The event has been made possible by the generous support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Information about the Authors:

Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton near Glasgow but grew up in Aberdeen. His first novel, Cold Granite, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers' best debut novel and won the Barry Award for the best first novel. Both Cold Granite, and its follow-up, Dying Light, have made the shortlist of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Stuart won the CWA Dagger In the Library Award for a body of work at the CWA Dagger Awards 2007. Dying Light, Broken Skin and Flesh House were all top ten bestsellers. Stuart won Breakthrough Author of the Year at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards in 2008. Blind Eye, an international bestseller, is his latest novel.

Allan Guthrie writes dark (and sometimes comic) crime fiction. He was born in Orkney, but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life. His first novel, Two-Way Split, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and went on to win the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year. His second novel, Kiss Her Goodbye, was nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe awards. He is also the author of the novels Hard Man, winner of the inaugural Spinetingler award for Best Novel — New Voice, and Savage Night, plus the novellas, Kill Clock (for emergent adult readers) and Killing Mum. His latest novel is Slammer. When he's not writing, Allan is a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates.

Donna Moore lives in Glasgow and is the author of Go To Helena Handbasket, which won the prestigious Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, 2007. Her second novel, the hilarious screwball caper Old Dogs will be published in the UK in April 2010 and in the USA later in the year.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the book club will be on Tuesday 2 March at 7.30pm.

We will be discussing Ruth's book selection, When The Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Book Club Cancelled - 5 Jan

Tonight's book club meeting is cancelled due to snow - I will post a new date for the meeting to discuss The Equivoque Principle once I have it...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Next Books

Hello everyone. This is just to confirm that the next book we will be reading at the Partners in Crime book club is Hakkan Nesser's THE RETURN - and we will be meeting to discuss it on at 7.30pm Thursday 3 December.

More information about Hakkan Nekker's work, and the acclaim his writing has received, can be found here.

After THE RETURN, we will be reading Darren Craske's THE EQUIVOQUE PRINCIPLE - with the meeting likely to be on 5 January 2010 (subject to confirmation).

Hope to see you all on the 3rd Dec!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Two More Book Suggestions

Suggestion From Rebecca

Being a big fan of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, Rebecca was keen to suggest that we should read some Scandinavian crime ficiton - with suggestions including Arnaldur Indriðason (Iceland), Håkan Nesser (Sweden,) Henning Mankell (Sweden) and, Jo Nesbø (Norway). In the end, she plumped for Håkan Nesser, and for the time being I've selected his first novel published in English, The Return (but Rebecca, if you'd like a different Nesser, let me know!).

Suggestion from Russell

I’d like to suggest The Equivoque Principle by Darren Crask. Just because I like the sound of it. It’s got a Victorian ‘penny dreadful’, Sherlock Holmesian feel to it and I think it might be quite fun. I quite like the Sherlock Holmes stuff anyway but I’m hoping this will be a modern pastiche on a Victorian theme.

This now means that we've had 6 suggestions so far - which by my calculations, fills the first 6 months, without the need for a vote. However, if anyone would like to make a late suggestion, just let me know...