I'm interested to see that The Golden Age of Murder is the only title common to the shortlists for both the Edgar awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, and the Agatha Award. This illustrates the growing number and range of critical/biographical books related to crime fiction. Not so long ago, I could claim to have read a majority of books about the genre - now I'm struggling to keep up. It's a good thing, surely, that crime fiction is now deemed a worthy subject of study, in book form as well as in countless blogs and social media groups.
I've also heard from the publishers that demand for the hardback edition of the book continues to exceed expectations. This is due, in part at least, I think, to the fact that Harper Collins have done such a good production job, so that many people think it's a really nice volume to have on the shelves. As a result, the paperback edition is, at least in the UK, likely to be postponed for a while. It may appear later this year, or possibly next year. Suffice to say that I never expected that my best-selling hardback would prove to be a book about the Detection Club....
Anyway, a few words now about that magical trip, which took me back to Jamaica and then to three countries I'd never visited, before. In Costa Rica, there was a chance of a river cruise through the jungle, and a close look at fascinating wild life, not least an alligator lurking just below the surface of the water...
In Panama, one can cross from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific in an hour: a fascinating trip. There's a lot of history (along with lots of skyscrapers) to be seen in Panama City, including an old ruined cathedral, and much else besides...
Colombia was absolutely fascinating. Cartagena is a gorgeous place, oozing with history..
while Santa Marta, again on the coast, offers a mix of fabulous wildlife, in the gardens which celebrate the legendary Simon Bolivar (who died there) and also on the beach..........
As ever, I seized the opportunity to combine sight-seeing with plenty of reading. And the fruits of that reading will be revealed soon, with a number of new entries in the Forgotten Books series.
Martin, congratulations on the nomination and good luck on what should be a well-deserved award. Thanks, also, for sharing pictures from your trip to Central and South America.
Many congrats Martin on your nomination. How wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experiences and wonderful photos too. Fingers crossed for you. :)
Sounds like a fab trip.
Congratulations on well-deserved nomination. The book IS a thing of beauty as well as a joy to read - it is beautifully-produced.
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