Monday, 3 August 2009


Hello, and welcome to Partners in Crime IOM, the crime and mystery book club for the Isle of Man. The idea behind the club is to provide an informal setting for discussing and appreciating all varieties of crime and mystery fiction - from classics of the genre, through to contemporary hardboiled noir, with space for thriller, comic and cosy crime fiction and more. All readers are welcome - from genre addicts to first time offenders - and all members will have the opportunity to select and suggest books to be read.

The club is hosted by Chris Ewan (author of the Good Thief's Guide series of crime novels) and will meet at the Jabberwocky Coffee House in Douglas on the last Tuesday of each month. The first meeting of the club will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 September, where you can meet fellow readers over a glass of wine or a mug of coffee and help shape the form the club will take.

To get us started, the first book that the club will read has been pre-selected. Raymond Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP is one of the most popular crime novels of all time, written by one of the genre's finest stylists. Compelling and controversial, it should provide plenty to talk about. Don't worry if you don't have a chance to finish reading THE BIG SLEEP before the first meeting - in all likelihood we will not have time for a full discussion, and Chandler's classic should provide ample material for the second meeting. Thereafter, the group will work together to select future books to be read and discussed, at a rate of one book each month.

If you are interested in joining the club, it would be helpful if you could contact Chris by dropping him an e-mail at (so that we have an idea of likely numbers). Chris will also be happy to answer any questions about the club that you may have.

To those who are planning to attend the first meeting, please have a think about possible books that you might like the club to read - they can be books you have read before, or books you have always meant to read but have never quite got around to tackling.

We look forward to seeing you on the 29 September!