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Catriona McPherson
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I know it was more than a week ago that Malice 29 ended. Forgive me. The UPS van only just brought my three (yes, three) boxes of goodies up the drive and so Malice round-up it is. I took a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I’ve never been upgraded on a flight and found myself sitting between Keanu Reeves and Noam Chomsky. (You can tell I’ve never been upgraded because I think aeroplane seats come in sets of three.) But for the last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I go to a pub quiz once a month on a Monday night. There are three real prizes - money-off vouchers for the pub we’re sitting in – and the fourth-place prize is swag donated by the contestants.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: When I read Lori Rader Day's debut novel THE BLACK HOUR, I found it so realistic on the details of academic life that my dark past (as a linguistics lecturer) reached out with icy fingers to clutch me.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: Now, we have had some distinguished guests here Casa Fatale, but I'm racking my brain and I don't think we've ever had a bona fide Commander before! It's my great pleasure today to be hosting Isabella Maldonado, police... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: Since Laura joined Hank and me on Tuesdays here at Fatal Acres, we've become a well-oiled machine: the first week is Hank, the second is me, the third is Laura, the fourth is a conversation amongst the three... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at My Weblog
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. . . cannot be hid. Or so says Dorothy L Sayers in Gaudy Night. I was all set to write about the blessed Dorothy today on account of just having received a set of re-issued Wimsey books from Hodder... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at My Weblog
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I'm usually the first one to mock Scottish dialect (where all nouns mean 'idiot', all verbs mean 'assault' and all adjectives mean 'drunk') so it came as a surprise when an American friend found a new way to wind up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at My Weblog
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God bless hindsight. A Regrettable Kettleful of Herrings was just one of the titles I argued quite hard for when we (Hodder & Stoughton, UK and I) were trying to name the latest (US) Dandy Gilver mystery. Out today! Woohoooo!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: it's my extreme pleasure to welcome back to Femmes Fatales today an old friend on a return visit. Simon Wood comes trailing clouds of glory this time, having just sold his . . . wait for it .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at My Weblog
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(But let's get the clowns out of the way first.) This is my last but one creepy/cute acquisition: a William Moninet oil painting, dumpster-dived for me by Eileen Rendahl and delivered in a pillowcase in case anyone saw it and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: The title of this blog is ver ver British. (See here). But the topic of this blog is universal. "Why do we read crime"? I've lost count of the number of times a lively discussion about the books... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at My Weblog
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Who's up for some good news? As I thought: everyone. Well, here it is. In this crazy, crazier, craziest world - (This way hell; handcarts available) - some things are getting better. Fairer, kinder, saner, upliftinger. It's my absolute delight... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I'm delighted to welcome as a guest today Alexia Gordon, a medical doctor, a lifelong writer and a debut author, whose writing journey and work ethic is an inspiration to all. And the book is a blast too.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at My Weblog
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I had a plan last year. I called it Fit4Fifty! I was going to be stronger, suppler and leaner on my fiftieth birthday than I'd been for five years (since I moved to America, my clean-your-plate upbringing met US portions,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I first met Matt Hilton at . . . I want to say San Francisco Bouchercon. It was certainly a Bouchercon somewhere. I heard the warm rumble of a northern English accent and drifted over, sensing a source... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: next month, I've got the huge pleasure of moderating a panel at Bloody Scotland, made up of three Celts - two Scots and a Northern Irishman - who all write thrillers set in the USA. However, me asking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at My Weblog
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I've been in the UK for two weeks, far far away from my California home, and inevitably people have asked about the differences between the two places. Almost as inevitably I've dazzled with answers like "Oof, um, I dunno really.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at My Weblog
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Lot of travelling going on this week: I’m on a UK blog tour to celebrate the launch, on Thursday, of DANDY GILVER AND A MOST MISLEADING HABIT. And I’m also on a flight to Edinburgh right now (or maybe I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona is currently finishing a thriller and a Sisters in Crime Report and getting ready to go to Britain in two weeks' time to launch a mystery and attend Harrogate, so she has stepped aside to let a real investigator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at My Weblog
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It's almost time for the only class I teach in the whole year again. One day every June, I go down to University of the Pacific creative writing conference and think of something more useful to say than the honest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at My Weblog
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I got two out of three right on the Memorial Day Challenge yesterday: wear white linen - yep; drink iced tea - nope (see mug above); and, most important of all, start closing your car windows when you park so... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at My Weblog
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I've never been in a bookclub. Poor Cinders. But I've been the guest of many, many bookclubs who're reading one of my books - three this week as a matter of fact - and a girl can dream. The Bookends,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: This is a well-titled guest blog. Not only does standing next to petite Cathi Stoler make me feel like a plough ox, but on paper the long and the short of it that we have nothing in common:... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at My Weblog
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Welp, it finally happened. I want to write a book about someone who's a writer. And that's the beginning of the end, isn't it? Like when stand-up comics start telling jokes about hotel showers, or bands write [see title of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at My Weblog
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