Friday, October 12, 2012

Five on Friday: Deborah Crombie

Sorry about the Five on Friday hiatus last week. I had hoped to post while at Bouchercon, but as with all Bouchercon's the time just simply got away from me. I'll have more stories from Bouchercon next week, but first....

I did get to meet up with today's featured author at the convention! I've been hoping to feature Deborah Crombie on the blog for some time now. She actually agreed to participate before Bouchercon and meeting up with her in person was an extra special treat. What an incredibly wonderful woman she is.

When Deb isn't spending time on my blog projects, she writes a fantastic series that has been praised up and down, right and left. It features two Scotland Yard detectives: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The most recent addition to the series was NO MARK UPON HER.

You can also find Deb at the Jungle Red Writers blog. Those ladies know how to have a good time. They hosted a Family Feud game at Bouchercon that got a bit feisty. And for the Facebook junkies (like me) you can find Deb here.

O.k., let me quit yakking now and let Deb take over. Please help me welcome the beautiful, talented, fun and extraordinarily charming, Deborah Crombie!

Deb in Cleveland at the A Christmas Story house!

The TV show I absolutely can’t miss is Sherlock. Great writing, great cast, the cleverest updating of Doyle ever, and so, so English!

If I could sit next to anyone (not related to me) on a cross-country flight, it would be  Steven Moffatt, who writes Sherlock as well as Doctor Who. (It was hard choice between those two for “shows I never miss”) because Moffatt is absolutely brilliant, and I would be dumbstruck.

The best car I ever owned was A burnt orange Datsun 240 Z, because it was just so much fun to drive. I was twenty, and had never driven a manual shift until I drove the Z off the used-car lot. I only gave it up seven years later because I moved to Scotland.

Happiness is: Always at the top of my list—a good book.

And finally,

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: I want to take the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. I have a friend who did Venice to Paris last year, and the pictures, both of the scenery and the train, were fabulous. I love trains, and the Orient Express is the ultimate. Just so long as nobody is murdered…

This is a woman after my own heart! Although, I have to admit, I've never mastered the standard transmission. I tried several times and just don't have the patience for it. My deepest thanks to Deb for taking the time to hang out with us and give us a little peek into her world. Her photo is super fun, isn't it? She's under the sink at the house where A Christmas Story was filmed. And I also have to send special hugs out to her this week, as I know she also lost a good friend. My thoughts are with you, Debs!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Have a great weekend and happy, happy reading!


Jan Brogan October 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

For a minute, I thought you were on a boat in that photo. I had a Datsun, too, when I was in college, but not as cool. Mine was not the awesome burnt orange, but silver and it never started in the rain!

I might have to put the Orient Express on my bucket list, too, now! It does sound awesome.

Lucy Burdette October 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM  

I'll go with you on the train Debs! xoxo

Deb October 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM  

Maybe we could make it a Jen & Jungle Red Orient Express extravaganza! Wouldn't that be fun?

I've done the Eurostar London to Paris a couple of times, which was fun, but nothing compared to the OE were you dress for dinner in the fabulous lamplit dining car... And I've always wanted to go to Istanbul.

Jen October 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM  

I'm up for the Jen & Jungle Red Orient Express extravaganza!! :-)

Hallie Ephron October 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM  

Oh Debs, I'll ride with you, Paris to Istanbul. We've trained all through Europe -- most fascinating trip was Vienna to Prague and amazing the minute we crossed the iron curtain (it was awhile back) it was like Dorothy going from Oz back to Kansas... grey grey grey.

Wondering what you think of the new TV show Elementary? With Lucy Liu as the virtual Dr. Watson.

Marcia Talley October 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM  

Debs, since I was such a good companion and enabler on our post B'con trip to A Christmas Story House -- wasn't it fun? -- I hope you'll take me on the Orient Express with you. I once owned a bright blue Datsun B-210 which I loved. Alas, it was totaled when some drag racing teens forced me into a jersey wall on Bladensburg Rd in Washington, DC. Ouch, both for the car and my face!!

Mar (aka mar annabelle jacob) October 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM  

Jan, I also thought Debs was in a boat

Instantly thought of the Canal boats in "water like a stone"

Super interview - Orient express would be the ultimate vacation !!


Anonymous October 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM  

Great post and wonderful photo of Deborah
under the sink! Thanks.

--Marjorie of Connecticut

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