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Catriona writes: The shops are a riot of clashing red and pink, the price of roses is hiked up higher than Oliver Hardy's waistband and the population is preparing to split into the resentfully pressured and the wryly disappointed. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Awards are HUGE! Well, they don't hurt anyway. You know what I really regret about the night of the Anthonys? That I took it seriously when "they" said the nominees had to sit down the front. I wish I had been sitting with you. Edgars night, I might be in your lap.
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Catriona writes: It's an enormous pleasure to welcome today's guest to Femmes Fatales. I first met Alex when she threatened to derail a liar's panel at a convention. The panel hinged on there being some things a writer wouldn't talk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at My Weblog
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Book jackets have been on my mind recently. Not only - let's get the BSP out of the way right now - because Midnight Ink have just revealed the gorgeous cover for THE CHILD GARDEN, coming in September: but also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at My Weblog
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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
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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
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(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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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