It’s that time of the year again. By next weekend the cows – as well as Charles and Camilla – will have vacated Harrogate and the Great Yorkshire Show will give way to the annual crime writing festival, now in its ninth year. We’ve had, and are still having, plenty of lottery rollovers so it’s time to offer up a competition taking inspiration from both. Thanks to those lovely people at both Faber & Faber and Pan Macmillan I have two sets of prizes to offer you from two outstanding crime authors and you can enter for both. I am particularly pleased with these prizes as both authors have pushed boundaries with their work.
R N Morris shocked the literary world when he took Dostoevsky’s Porfiry Petrovich from Crime and Punishment and moved him on to new cases. He’s done it superbly well in fact and we have the full quartet on offer in paperback: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk, The Cleansing Flames. Cheeky? Yes. Worth it? Oh yes. This is not tribute writing, it’s work that stands on its own two feet with the reliability of Doc Martens, and with a certain flair and attention to detail from Roger.
In L C Tyler we have an exponent yielding scalpel-driven proficiency to intelligent comic crime whilst delivering warm pastiches of Golden Age crime novels. You won’t find another author doing what LCT does so well: he’s unique. And on offer we have three sets of his novels: The Herring Seller's Apprentice, Ten Little Herrings, The Herring in the Library, and Herring on the Nile (all in PB apart from the last which is in HB).
So what do you have to do to win one or both sets? Simply leave a blog comment stating your option ‘Please enter me for (the) RNM/LCT/both set(s) of novels’ and add a further sentence or more telling me why you enjoy crime fiction. Please pick your option RNM or LCT or 'both'. (These prizes must go to fans/readers and not to someone with an active eBay account. You get the drift…)
You have until midnight (British summer time), Sunday 24 July to leave your comment to be included in the draw. The draw will then take place during the next days of the working week. (Exact date to be confirmed early next week and pics of the adjudication will follow. Update 25 July: the draw will take place on Wednesday 27 July.) Usual rules apply, see below.
Good luck and get reading this summer!
Administration rules: Open to UK entrants only. Comments must be left leaving an email address. (Not by Typepad log in, which does not give the email address.) Any entries with insufficient contact details will be ignored. When the winners are contacted they will need to reply with an email supplying their address details within 3 days. These will then be passed on to the publisher for despatch of the novels. If there is no timely reply, the novels will then be subject to a new draw. The winners will be announced when all winners’ details have been sent to the publisher.