Friday, May 24, 2013

Five on Friday - Linda Barnes

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you're enjoying your week and have some fun plans for the holiday weekend.

A few things to share with you before we get to today's Five on Friday guest. First is Pop Culture Nerd's call for nominations. She is once again hosting the Stalker Awards and she wants your input on who is deserving.

Monday the new season of Longmire starts. For my fellow Craig Johnson/Walt Longmire fans, you may want to check out this little freebie.

And our usual round-up of this week's giveaways:

FridayReads is especially relevant today since they are giving away Ace Atkins new Spenser novel, WONDERLAND and our Linda Barnes' THE PERFECT GHOST. Really I'm not in cahoots with the FridayReads people but that was perfect timing! So after you read Linda's responses you can pop over and win her book.

Over at Lesa Holstine's blog she's giving away LOOKING FOR ME, the second novel from Beth Hoffman.

The Criminal Element folks are cleaning their closets and they have a mega giveaway going on right now. They're calling it the Spring Cleaning Giveaway. Don't miss it.

Alrighty then. I would like to introduce an author who's new to the blog but definitely not new to crime fiction. She's published 12 private eye novels featuring Carlotta Carlyle as well as four amateur sleuth mysteries featuring Michael Spraggue. She has a Anthony award to her name and in 1987 she snagged the American Mystery Award for Best Private Eye Novel for her Carlotta Carlyle debut, A TROUBLE OF FOOLS.

This year she's veering away from her series to give the standalone novel a go. THE PERFECT GHOST released last month from Minotaur. I'm very happy to welcome Linda Barnes:

My favorite place to read is on the beach at San Andres Island, miles off the Colombian shore, watching irridescent iguanas frolic in the palm trees.

The last movie I saw was Silver Linings Playbook, which I thought I would despise because I’m not a fan of romantic comedy. (I only saw it because I got to the theater too late to catch a showing of Lincoln.) But the minute Brad Cooper threw Hemingway out the window I was hooked. The film’s quirky take on mental illness, combined with its relentless optimism -- a quality often in short supply chez moi -- surprised and delighted me. Yes, there were corny moments, but talk about unexpected depth! And the acting was superb. Thank you, Jennifer Lawrence!

The most famous person I ever met was David Cornwell aka John LeCarre, author of The Little Drummer Girl, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and too many other terrific novels to list. My British publisher introduced us. I recall a glass of white wine in my left hand and John LeCarre kissing my right hand with continental flair. Yes, I have washed that hand.

My favorite brand of athletic shoe is Ecco. They often do the same shoe in men’s and women’s sizes, so when the European 42 -- the largest women’s size available-- falls short, I can go up to the 43.

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is a guided tour of the battlefield at Gettysburg. Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels is one of my all-time favorite books. I plan to trace Chamberlain’s path up to Little Round Top. (I also love Into Thin Air, but who am I kidding? There is no possibility of an Everest ascent in my future.) 

I'm with Linda, a guided tour of Gettysburg sounds much better than a trip up Everest! Many, many thanks to Linda for joining us and playing along. Don't forget to check out FridayReads giveaway and have a super wonderful Memorial Day. Hope it's filled with lots of good reading!


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