To everyone who visits here, I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best for 2007!
Also, I'd especially like to express my appreciation to the friends I have made through this site over the last year. (You know who you are.)
Now for some fun.
I don't have an overall "best read" for 2006 as the competition was tough. But all of these novels had me gripped and page turning, so I think they deserve a mention at this time of year and a big show of ink stained finger printed hands - in no particular order:
· Robert Wilson's "The Hidden Assassins", a very contemporary plot handled with sensitivity.
· Ann Cleeves's "Raven Black" shows a dark and claustrophobic side to the Shetland Isles.
· Michael Connelly's "Echo Park", smooth as nectar and cunning as a fox.
Best author interviews I attended in 2006:
· Francis Fyfield interviewing P. D. James at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival back in July. It was packed to the full and finished with a standing ovation, which was wholly appropriate.
· David Freeman interviewing Andrew Taylor and Phil Rickman at The Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Some jaw dropping moments and has anyone been to Stoke Lacy recently? (More detail of this interview in the new year, as I'm currently in the middle of typing up a transcript.)
Best book buying moments:
· Crockatt & Powell were a delight to deal with. In the week before Christmas they managed to get an order to me in time to wrap it up. There's nothing like service from a good independent book shop.
Best book launch:
· Minx's in Cardiff for her novel "Coven of One" as published by skint's/Derec's new publishing venture. The best bits were actually and finally meeting some "blogging friends"; contemplating strategy when forced to consider the apparent hordes going next door to a Plaid Cymru event; receiving Derec's portrait of Oscar, my beloved cat.
As for 2007, I think there's a lot of good crime fiction about to hit the book shops in the UK - some from those we know and already love, as well as some from genre newbies. I really believe it's going to be a good year.
Thanks for reading.
Here's to an enjoyable 2007, with everything you wish for.
(But remember, for some things, it's up to you to make it happen. So don't hold back!)