30 October 2009 0 Comments

Review: The year’s best Police procedural

Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo and PygmiesBy Stewart CopelandPublisher UK: The Friday Project US: HarperStudio Just because I write crime fiction doesn’t make me obsessed by The Police. However, this new memoir by The Police drummer is absolutely the most delightful surprise of the year. Copeland writes with the same verve […]

29 September 2009 0 Comments

I Have Publishing Surrounded: John Higgs’s Writing Life

Thomas Carlyle wrote that “A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.” There may be some debate as to whether Timothy Leary’s life was well-spent. However, his biography by John Higgs is one of the most well-written and compelling books you’ll ever come across. “I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy […]

14 July 2009 0 Comments

“What happened to the third little pig, Daddy?”: Bob Burke on pig detectives and his Writing Life

Anyone who’s perused the crime fiction section of their bookstore knows the joy of finding something original among the tired old shelves of loner detectives who play by their own rules on the mean streets of some dingy inner city. The clichés of the genre were uppermost in my mind when I chose to write […]

9 July 2009 0 Comments

Review: Crime fiction’s first PI Pig

The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burkepublished by The Friday Project isbn 1906321752 Seeing his brothers’ houses blown down by the Big Bad Wolf (“I’ll huff and I’ll puff…”) taught Harry Pigg to build his own house out of bricks, thus avoiding the grisly fate of the first and second pigs. The nursery rhyme […]