It’s been a while – almost two and half months in fact. I have a bit of news to tell you so I’ll just dive in. In no particular order:
On Friday 10th May, The Puppet Show was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger. Ten daggers are awarded annually but the Gold Dagger, which is for the crime novel of the year, is the most prestigious. Past winners include Ian Rankin, John le Carre, Ann Cleeves, Belinda Bauer, James Lee Burke, Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendall and (my writing hero) Mick Herron. To say I’m thrilled and shocked in equal measure is a bit of an understatement . . . The full list can be seen here.
And to celebrate the Gold Dagger nomination, Amazon and The Works have got into a bit of a price war. The paperback edition of The Puppet Show is just £2 on both sites (3 for a fiver on The Works) and it hit number one in the Kindle charts only this afternoon. Has that cool brown #Best Seller flag beside it now.
The winner of the advance copy of Black Summer has been selected and the book will be sent out as soon as it’s up on NetGalley, which I’m told will be later this week.
For those of you with eagle-eyes, you may have noticed that you are no longer able to buy any of the Fluke series on Kindle/Kobo etc. There’s an exciting reason behind this and I hope I’ll be in a position to tell you in the next few days. Watch this space.
Studio Lambert, the production company delevoping Poe for TV, now have a script. I’ve read it and it’s really good. Poe is as irascible as he is in the books and Tilly is as sweet and innocent. Things are looking good and I hope we can share something in the not too distant future.
A few foreign editions are being published this year. The Polish edition is out June 19th and the Czech edition is out Sept 19th. Covers for both below.
The fourth Poe book is progressing well – I think ten more days in front of my computer will see a decent first draft. It’s not due to be published until 2021 but I have a deadline of November this year so it’s just as well I started it in 2018. I don’t have a title yet as each time I mentioned the one I wanted (The 13-Rat Theory) people booed :(
I think I’ll finish by bringing you up to speed on the various events happening around the launch of Black Summer.
First up is the northern launch and I’m delighted to say that we’re getting it on actual publication day this time. It’s at the usual place – The Old Fire Station Arts Centre, Carlisle. International thriller writer and all round good egg Matt Hilton will be holding me to account. It’s a public event and more details can be found here. Bookends will be selling books and the bar will be open. Hope to see some of you there.
The next event is the official launch party in London on 26th June. It’s at Goldsboro Books, which is the only place the special edition can be bought. If you really want to attend then email me and I’ll see if there are any gaps left.
The first public signing for Black Summer is on June 29th. For those of you who have met her, you won’t be surprised to find out that Fiona at Waterstones Durham booked me for this months ago, pretty much as soon as we had a release date. Anyway, again, this is a public event and the more the merrier. I’ll be speaking to the book club at 10am then signing for a few hours from 11. If you’re in the area and really don’t have anything better to do then it’d be great to see you. Further details here.
And finally, the last thing I wanted to tell you about is a pretty cool event I’m doing in Cockermouth. It’s called The Cumbrian Crime Writers Night and it’s with the awesome Martin Edwards and the brilliant Paula Daly. The indefatigable Ruth Sutton will be putting us through our paces. This is a ticketed event and further details can be found here.
That’s all folks.