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Reading Kris's Christmas shopping blog on Friday, put me right in the mood for the next couple of weeks. And brought back some happy memories too. I LOVE Christmas shopping. All three phases of it. Phase one: I've got thirty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at My Weblog
Present-day northern California isn't exactly a desert when it comes to . . . let's call them imaginative health treatments. Now, we've all got our folklore about health - I'll tell mine below (with details of a book giveaway), but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at My Weblog
(Partial, pictorial and personal - by Catriona) It's hard to convey how many highlights there were at Bouchercon 2014: Murder at The Beach. The sunshine, the crsipy calamari at the Hyatt, the fact that my flight was only an hour... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at My Weblog
Bouchercon - the country's biggest crimewriting convention - is about to kick off in Long Beach, CA. And several of your hard-working femmes are going to put their own selfish desires aside and spend the weekend in a posh hotel,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at My Weblog
I've been driving around the UK for the last couple of weeks with BBC Radio 4 for company and trying to make sure I'm on the road every day at 10am. 10am is R4's finest hour, for then is when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at My Weblog
A character says this in my latest book as she's driving westwards towards the (very lightly fictionalised) bay on the Solway where much of the action takes place. I did it myself shortly after arriving in Scotland too; Galloway is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: what a timely title D.E. Ireland (aka Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta) chose for their guest-blog! I've just come back from Bloody Scotland (Scotland's first crime-writing festival, now in its third triumphant year) which started the day after... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at My Weblog
It's publication day today for a very special book. A book of many names: the red book, the feather book and, officially, Writes of Passage: adventures on the writer's journey by Sisters in Crime, edited by our very own Femme... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: The mystery world is stuffed to the gunnels (what's a gunnel?) with splendid people - warm, funny, wise, generous, clever, downright adorable. If I can steal an old Steve Martin joke, it's true to say that I'd rather... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at My Weblog
There were plenty little chores associated with moving from Scotland to California four years ago - wash all the garden tools with Lysol to sterilise them, pare down the book collection to a sensible size for packing, find good homes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: When I was moving into my current house - middle of nowhere, just past the back of beyond - I described its isolation as "if you went outside and screamed really loud the neighbours would probably hear you"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: When I was a kid, my whole family used to go out picking brambles (blackberries?) along the old railway line near our house. I loved it - hacking through the undergrowth, filling my bucket with glistening fruit, competing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at My Weblog
By Catriona I was at a wedding on Saturday, the second American wedding I've been to, and I think I'm getting the hang of it now - fewer kilts and more sunshine for a start. That's the first notable difference... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: When Edgar Allan Poe, the great grandaddy of us all, wrote about doppelgangers, it was never the start of a party. In fact "the counterpart self" in mystery fiction as a whole seldom bodes well. I'm happy to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at My Weblog
“Ohhhhh, I’ll take the A-road and you’ll take the freeway and I’ll be incomprehensible afoooooore ye!” Once again, I’ve set a book in Scotland that’s published in America. Cue much fun with editing. THE DAY SHE DIED (out last week)... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Weblog
by Catriona You don't care for the pun? Listen, I've been subjected to more punning cozy titles than one woman can withstand over the last four days. Yes, it's Malice - where gems like You Cannoli Die Once, by Shelley... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at My Weblog
I've just returned from a book group visit, where the members were discussing AS SHE LEFT IT and one of the comments that struck me forcibly was "There are a lot of very bad women in this book." We talked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at My Weblog
Femmes Fatales welcomes Simon Wood. Catriona: I'm tickled pink to be welcoming Simon Wood to Casa Fatale today. I met Simon not long after arriving on these shores. I overheard the soaring, swooping vowels of a southern English accent at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at My Weblog
By Catriona There are as many Left Coast stories as there were people there; this is one. My adopted state of California put on a great show for a start. The Pacific was sparkling, the sun was shining, the seals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at My Weblog
It’s my great pleasure today to welcome Adam to Fatal Acres to talk about the research he does for his writing. Adam’s a true-crime writer – but wait! Before you shudder and leave – it’s not that kind of true... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at My Weblog
by Catriona In a recent posting I was bemoaning the fact that I’ve got to be a four season gardener these days, since California has no winter to speak of. (Thanks, by the way, to everyone elsewhere in the country... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at My Weblog
By Catriona In Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye says, in that growl that you hear through the soles of your feet, "I realise of course, it's no shame to be poor; but it's no great honour either." That's how all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: "In a particularly fine episode of that particularly fine cultural flowering Buffy The Vampire Slayerthe scooby gang find their worst nightmares coming true. Buffy's father rejects her and tells her she's the reason her parents divorced; Xander is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: It's my great pleasure today to welcome Terry Shames to Fatal Acres to talk about some of the eyebrow-raising questions she's had on her debut book tour (and some of the quick thinking she's needed to do to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at My Weblog
Catriona says: "At my first Malice Domestic, for which I had offerred to moderate a panel (not actually knowing what that meant particularly), the pixies sprinkled me with some of luckiest dust of my life so far. The moderatees were:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at My Weblog