There’s been a bit of a buzz amongst bloggers in relation to bits of crime fiction news and, although late to the party (as usual), I wanted to help promote some of the events, launches and information.
Firstly, the wonderful Margot Kinberg over at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist has edited an anthology of crime fiction short stories entitled In a Word: Murder. All proceeds will be donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, in memory of Maxine Clarke who blogged at the Petrona website. Maxine was a friend to many of us reviewers and writers and her incisive and objective reviews are much missed by us all. Even now I often find myself wondering what Maxine would have thought of a particular book. The collection includes a short story by me which I hope she’d have enjoyed.
If you are able to download and read the book, and promote the anthology in any way possible it would be much appreciated . The hospice movement here in the UK is one of our hidden gems and provides a fantastic service to the sick and their families.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Crime Writers Association, the organisation commissioned a poll amongst its members to to determine the ‘Best Ever’ author, novel and series as voted for by members of the CWA. The results were are follows:
Best Ever Novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
Best Ever Series: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Best Ever Author: Agatha Christie
Some bloggers have pointed out the fairly predictable nature of the result: Rich at Past Offences, in particular, posted a thoughtful critique of the findings. The result more or less reflects my vote, except I chose Agatha Christie’s Crooked House as my favourite book. I have read many more wonderful writers over the thirty odd years I’ve devoured crime fiction but it was Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle who introduced me to the genre and I could reread all the stories today with much pleasure.
Finally, a supporter of this blog, Moira over at Clothes in Books has a regular slot over at the Guardian Books Blog. Although not just focusing on crime fiction, her posts are always interesting and her latest one, on food in fiction can be found here. I’d recommend you take a look.