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Forgive me the nearest thing I've ever written to clickbait, only I was listening to a BBC R4 Food Programme on comfort food while sweating and puffing through half an hour on the cross-trainer and coming up with this top-five... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at My Weblog
I've been asking around about unreliable narrators recently, taking soundings about whether to ... out a bit of Louise Penny's quote on an upcoming book. And was there ever a more princess problem than that? "Boohoo, poor me, I don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at My Weblog
Calling all punctuation experts! Are you a stickler? Do you love nothing more than a properly-placed semi-colon? Can you help me with some speech marks in a book I want to love? Because at the moment the punctuation marks in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at My Weblog
So the Golden Globes nominations are out and yes Lady Bird and Three Billboards were both great. But also . . . it's Christmastime so I went, with friend and fellow-crimewriter Kris Calvin to see THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at My Weblog
This last Remembrance Day (UK)/Veterans' Day (US), people were posting pictures of parents and grandparents in uniform all over social media, and telling tales of their service. So I thought I'd share the story of my grandad, James "Mac" MacDonald... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at My Weblog
It's the last Tuesday of the month and so it's the Tuesday Femmes in conversation: Hank, Catriona and . . . for the first time . . . our brand-new Femme, Alexia Gordon. Hmmm, last day of October. Whatever will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: It's my absolute pleasure to be welcoming our guest at Fatal Acres today. Ellen Byron's mystery-writing career started with a bang: she won the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic grant for unpublished writers - "the Malice grant" - and,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at My Weblog
And so October arrives. It's my favourite month: my birthday is in October; Bouchercon is very often in October; my parents arrrive in California to start their month's visit in October (today!); and, of course, Halloween. The whole month is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at My Weblog
Femmes and Friends, you've caught me on the hop today. After a weekend at Bloody Scotland, I got up at the crack of dawn and hit the road for Yorkshire, en route to London. Just about to flake out completely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at My Weblog
. . . the markers of Macavity. Today's blog is a get-together of the six suave and deceitful (in our books) nominees for the Mystery Readers' International 2017 Historical Macavity award: Susanna Calkins, James Ziskin, Lyndsay Faye, Ann Parker, Edith... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at My Weblog
by Catriona This blog is by way of a thank you: last Wednesday, on a typical summer's day in Scotland (horizontal rain) a crowd of soggy but determined book fans gathered in Waterstone's on Princes St, to help DANDY GILVER... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at My Weblog
Catriona writes: I'm soaking up the last days of my guaranteed summer here in California, before heading off to Edinburgh at the weekend, where all bets are off. So I decided to ask the other Tuesday Femmes for their thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at My Weblog
On Thursday, to be precise. Which, appropriately enough, is the thirteenth. It's only in the UK but see below for a US giveaway. When I decided to send my 1930s detective, Dandy Gilver, to oversee a theatrical production, I knew... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at My Weblog
It was my seventh Caliversary at the weekend. Seven years since I arrived in America, with the scientist and the black cats, and set about new tasks like watering neglected lemon trees. So I thought it was a good moment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at My Weblog
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
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
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
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
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
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
. . . 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
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
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
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
(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