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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Mystery smatterings 

For some reason, the Alexander McCall Smith comments about Irvine Welsh and DBC Pierre were attributed to some South African newspaper and have only made it all over the press (and subsquently, to blogworld) now, when in fact, his original comments are from the December 21 edition of the Sunday Telegraph, which is still not online, but which was the subject of my own commentary last week. Thus I don't really have anything more to add at the moment.

I'd also like to point out that the articles which cannabilize each other keep perpetuating an error; #1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY--the first book, that is--was published in 1998 by Polygon, not 1988 as reported. Might as well clear up another persistent rumor, which was that the Precious Ramotswe books were originally published by a small South African press long before Polygon picked them up. Not true; the Polygon edition is the true first. In fact, if you have a paperback copy with a front-cover picture of a Botswanan lady who might resemble Ramotswe, you've got one of about 2000 copies of the original first printing, and congratulations to you for that.

In other, less contentious news, Crime Time has updated with reviews of the latest books by Val McDermid, John Burdett, and Claire Curzon. Mark Campbell also weighs in on the "essential BritCrime authors," some of whom may be a tad controversial.

Collected Miscellany interviews Henry Kisor about his first novel, SEASON'S REVENGE. A second starring series protagonist Steve Martinez is in the works for late 2005.

Modern Humorist offers their help on how to write a suspense novel (link from Ed.)

And finally, the latest issue of Bookslut is up, chock full of goodies. I've taken over as their mystery columnist, and offer my list of what to look for, crime fiction-wise, in the coming months. There's at least 10 books that I left out that I only remembered after the deadline, so my apologies if your book was one of them.

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