I spent the weekend in Virginia with my friend Ginny Phillips. I completely unplugged from the Internet and had a most restful weekend. That made it extremely hard to come back. I mean, look at the scenes that surrounded me for three days:
I'll be turning around to leave again on Friday for Muskego. Is anyone going to be at the Murder & Mayhem in Muskego Conference this Saturday? Please say "hi." Even if I look complete confused or lost, I'm so happy to see the faces of people who stop by, leave comments, send emails, or just read.
A few other things I wanted to share with you quickly while I have a few minutes.
It's about that time of year when we start thinking about our "Best of" lists. I'm planning to have my regulars plus a few unusually fun ones to wrap up 2011. Gosh, can you believe how close 2012 is already? Anyway...Publishers Weekly has their "Best of" list out. What do you think about the mystery category? Which of your favorites from this year are missing?
Tyrus Books is doing another round of promotions and right now you can get Michael Lister's DOUBLE EXPOSURE free on the Nook or on Kindle until November 12th. This was a unique book that I really enjoyed. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, here's an opportunity to get it for free!
A.S.A.P. Publishing sent me a notice about a beautiful book they have ready to ship right now, THE GALWAY HOOKER. It's a limited edition (85 copies total), 52-page book with a wood inlay in the cover. It's Jack Taylor, of course by Ken Bruen. There's an introduction by George Pelecanos and an afterward by Wendy Horsby and some illustrations by Phil Parks. It's a bit out of my price range at $100, but you collectors may want to check into this one! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 949.455.1319) to find out more.
I'm listening to Reed Farrel Coleman's GUN CHURCH right now on audio. It comes out today exclusively as an audio at Audible. I'll be talking to Reed later about this project, but in the meantime you'll want to check it out!
And to wrap up the fun today, you have to check out the interview (with audio clips) the Criminal Elements folks did with Mark Harmon. I've been a Harmon fan since the freakin' Coors commercials; I know I'm weird. I'd have watched him play football, too, had I been born.