Thursday, 19 January 2017

MWA Announces the 2017 Edgar Nominations


News from Margery Flax of Mystery Writers of America [MWA]

January 19, 2017, New York, NY – Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 208th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Congratulations from Shots Magazine to all the Nominees; and thanks for the hard work that the MWA judges put into the Edgar Awards, you are all winners

BEST NOVEL
The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown Publishing Group)
IQ by Joe Ide (Little, Brown & Company – Mulholland Books)
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (Penguin Random House – Marian Wood Book/Putnam)
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (Polis Books)
Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

BEST FACT CRIME
Morgue: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus Books)
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (Penguin Random House – Viking Books)
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Random House – Nan A. Talese)
Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967
by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (McFarland & Company)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula by David J. Skal (W.W. Norton – Liveright)

BEST SHORT STORY
“Oxford Girl” – Mississippi Noir by Megan Abbott (Akashic Books)
“A Paler Shade of Death” – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books)
“Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)
“The Music Room” – In Sunlight or in Shadow  by Stephen King (Pegasus Books)
“The Crawl Space” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)

BEST JUVENILE
Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR)
OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT
Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Henry Holt BFYR)
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Soho Press – Soho Teen)
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (Penguin Random House – Penguin Young Readers – Dial Books)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
“Episode 1 – From the Ashes of Tragedy” – The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Teleplay by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (FX Network)
“The Abominable Bride” – Sherlock, Teleplay by Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat (Hartswood Films/Masterpiece)
“Episode 1 – Dark Road” – Vera, Teleplay by Martha Hillier (Acorn TV)
“A Blade of Grass” – Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan (Showtime)
“Return 0” – Person of Interest, Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Denise The (CBS/Warner Brothers)
“The Bicameral Mind” – Westworld, Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy (HBO/Warner Bros. Television)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD
“The Truth of the Moment” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by E. Gabriel Flores (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER
Max Allan Collins
Ellen Hart

RAVEN AWARD
Dru Ann Love

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD
Neil Nyren

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tor/Forge Books – Forge Books)
Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

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Photo A Karim, Edgar A Poe [lookalike] and R J Ellory taken at Westminster Hall, Baltimore [the last resting place of Edgar A Poe], during Bouchercon Baltimore 2008

Saturday, 14 January 2017

London Calling: “Warming the Blood” alongside the Thames Embankment


Hachette Livre’s UK publishing team understand the importance of the Crime Thriller Genre, as a key constituent of their publishing portfolio. Contained within the Hachette UK Fiction Operation, is the Little, Brown Group which was originally part of AOL-Time Warner with many niche imprints such as Sphere, Virago, Constable, Robinson, Atom, Piatkus, Corsair [among others]. Hachette’s UK operation also contains the mighty Orion Publishing Group, which incorporates the Weidenfeld & Nicolson Imprint.

Also contained within the Hachette Livre UK conglomerate are six separate imprints, each ploughing their individual niches: Hodder & Stoughton, Mulholland UK, Quercus, riverrun, John Murray and of course the mighty Headline Publishing, home of my very dear friend and publishing dynamo Martina Cole [among others]. These imprints combine their Crime and Thriller publications, pooling them for an excellent web resource entitled Crime Files, which can be accessed Here

The Crime Files team, put on an annual party, hosted on the fifth floor of Hachette UK’s corporate HQ situated on the Thames Embankment in London. There is good natured rivalry between Hachette and Penguin-Random House as to which publishing conglomerate has the best roof-top view of London and the river Thames; with Penguin-Random House’s vantage-point being along The Strand, while Hachette’s is on the Northside of the Thames Embankment.

Here’s the view from Hachette’s fifth-floor roof garden, taken at night –


The start of a calendar year is a busy time for Publishers, Booksellers, Reviewers, Award-Judges, Bloggers and Journalists. I was intrigued to see that the Crime Files Team of Hodder & Stoughton, Quercus, riverrun, Headline, Mulholland, John Murray are the first crime-fiction publishing team announcing their list of books and authors that will be coming to our physical, as well as digital bookshelves in 2017.

The annual preview by these five imprints, under the Crime-Files umbrella comes in the form of a literary party / gathering entitled ‘Warming the Blood’. Click Here to see last year’s ‘Warming the Blood’ 2016

So the Shots Team of Mike Stotter, Ayo Onatade and I joined our colleagues from the London bookselling and reviewing community to head to the Thames Embankment. As we all age, [for Time’s Arrow goes only in one direction] it is good to spend time with colleagues from the literary world, many who have become friends. Traversing Time’s Arrow is a good method of getting to know people, for many become more than colleagues thanks to a shared passion for the darkest edge of literature: Crime, Mystery & Thriller Fiction.
It was good to compare notes with fellow literary enthusiasts such as Broadcaster / Journalist Mike Carlson, Crimesquad’s Chris Simms, Kirstie Long, Jon Coates from The Express and Jake Kerridge of The Telegraph, and many others.



The Marketing Teams from these six niche imprints [and many of their Authors] were in attendance; with canapes, beer and wine to assist lubricate the conversations; as we anticipate what is coming in terms of publication schedules; and our own timing for reviewing.

Welcoming us to the event, in an amusing faux Headmaster’s Assembly Roll Call, was the legendary Publisher Nick Sayers of Hodder and Stoughton. We’ve known Nick for many years now; from the days when he was Publishing Director at HarperCollins, before taking on Directorship of Hodder and Stoughton. Nick is softly spoken and one of the major Gentlemen of British Publishing. I recall when Jamie Hodder-Williams referred to him as "one of the best fiction editors in the industry".

I took the opportunity to thank Nick for managing to persuade former Journalist and acclaimed political thriller novelist Gerald Seymour to attend last year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime-Writing Festival in Harrogate; as I managed to get my collection [of the Harry’s Game author’s work] personally signed.

Nick took the opportunity to tell me about a new work he’s rather excited about publishing in May [as he was aware of my avid interest in the work of Joseph Conrad, especially The Secret Agent].

The debut is entitled “The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy”, introducing me to the writer H B Lyle. The novel is set in London in 1909 and picks up the story of Wiggins, now an ex-soldier earning a hard living as a bailiff on the streets of East London. Once the leader of a group of urchins, known as the Baker Street Irregulars, employed as spies by Sherlock Holmes, Wiggins is persuaded by Captain Vernon Kell to join the battle against covert threats to the Empire by becoming an agent in his newly-fledged Secret Service.

Sayers said: "I love the way Kell knows he can’t win the secret war with officers trained on the playing fields of Eton, but he still finds it hard to deal with Wiggins and his street smarts. This is the start of a wonderful series, which will appeal to thriller fans and historical fiction fans alike. And the Sherlock Holmes connection won’t do any harm. It will make for fantastic television – but first it will be a very enjoyable book in its own right. We are really looking forward to publication."

Read More from The Bookseller Here

So here’s Nick Sayer’s amusing welcome to ‘Warming the Blood’ 2017 >


There was an abundance of authors in attendance. I enjoyed comparing notes with my fellow reviewers and literary commentators, chatting to the publicity and marketing teams from the imprints, and far too many to mention, apart from Kerry Hood, who is one of the greatest publishing professionals I have had the good fortune to have worked with. The conversation naturally drifts back to Stephen King, whenever I have a drink with Kerry; as she handles PR and Publicity for Mr King. She has looked after Mr King related-reading for more years than either of us will admit publicly, without a lawyer present.

It was via King’s UK editor Philippa Pride who also manages The Book Doctor, a consultancy that provides editorial support for writers; that I got the gig to write some of the Stephen King Reading Guides [downloadable .pdfs] for Book Groups that were downloadable from www.stephenking.co.uk as .pdfs. Kerry was kind enough to organise a party for Mr King, during which I was shocked and stunned to find myself actually talking to a writer, who has striated my life and challenged my thinking since my teenage [aka ‘clueless’] years.

I always recall the frantic work that Kerry and Philippa had organised, when Stephen King visited London several years ago. I wrote about that experience for Jeff Pierce’s The Rap Sheet, Here as the memory which was a decade ago, but remains as fresh in my mind as the first time I read ‘Carrie’, back when I was a clueless teenager, struggling to understand reality. Though looking at the world today in Macro Geo-Political terms; I remain as clueless as to what got us to where humanity is today; and more troubling, is perhaps where we are headed; 

especially if you’ve read King’s novel [or the David Cronenberg film adaptation] - The Dead Zone, when taken in context to the upcoming US Regime Change which is almost upon us, as many of us fear Greg Stillson.

I chatted with Kerry, yet again about how much I loved King’s last collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which she had sent me as an early review copy. This startling collection is now currently available in paperback. I know I have been boring anyone within earshot about my exuberant championing of such a remarkable series of stories about aging, loss and what it means to live and to die; for Time’s Arrow only points forward, and for purposes as yet unknown; though some of us have suspicions.

King has in my opinion, and that of many others hit second wind for his most recent work has been in a word, remarkable. Though little had prepared me for the sheer thought provoking quality of the stories contained within The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. This collection struck a chord with me, as King focuses on the effects of age, with dark reflections using fiction with the motif ‘that there are worlds other than these’.

I wrote at the time when evaluating this extraordinary collection –

It contains some new work, though a significant proportion of the stories here have been available previously; but King has updated them for this collection [as he indicates in his introduction].

There is also pathos blended in with the horror, such as in ‘Batman and Robin have an Altercation’, which has the theme of the ravages of age upon a Son and his elderly Father whose mental faculties are dimmed, but not totally gone.

The short introductions by King where he prefaces the stories add welcome insight, showing the story in context as well as inception.

Specific favourites are the very droll ‘Drunken Fireworks’, which started life as an audio novella, and is indeed a very engaging morality tale that when placed into context, mirrors the inherent madness in humanity’s need for the arms race. Though my favourite is the dark reflection of age and the mysteries of death in ‘The Dune’ [originally published as a story in the British literary journal Granta].


I subsequently purchased the audio version of this collection from Audible, which is remarkable, as King prefaces the stories vocally, but each is narrated by professional actors and vocal artists, such as Craig Wasson; and these narrations brings the stories to life [and death].  

Read the Full Review Here or listen to a clip from Audible / Amazon Here

So after Nick Sayers welcomed us all to the party with his amusing Headmaster routine, we followed his orders, refreshing our drinks and headed off to mingle. I was delighted to meet many authors, editorial & promotional staff from these niche imprints. I particularly enjoyed meeting up with Sarah Hilary, Julia Crouch and Colette McBeth remarking upon the stunning new covers from Headline’s Art Department for Hilary’s award-winning series featuring D.I. Marnie Rome. 


I have an avid interest in cover design, especially some of the recent work coming from Headline – Click Here for more thoughts on crime / thriller fiction book jackets.


It was also great to bump into Peter May again, as we had lunch earlier that day and toasted his success with Jon Riley’s riverrun imprint. It was also good to meet Medical Student and Crime-writer Rob McCarthy, as I thoroughly enjoyed his debut The Hollow Men. It came as little surprise, after reading that work, that he too was an enthusiastic fan of Season One of Nic Pizalatto’s TRUE DETECTIVE, an HBO 8-episode mini- series that had captivated me, and turned me into an obsessive Thomas Ligotti reader.

And another of Jon Riley’s riverrun authors that I was delighted to meet up with again was William Shaw. Jon had introduced me last year mentioning his novel The Birdwatcher, which is a remarkable narrative. We reminisced about last year’s Bouchercon which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana and the breakfast meeting we shared. I wear my New Orleans Mardi Gras beads, to remind myself of that wonderful time, thanks to prolific best-selling Heather Graham, Connie Perry and her Bouchercon team; besides the beads add much welcome colour to the darkness that pervades much of our reality, and my own thinking.

One of the many great times at Bouchercon New Orleans, was the Saturday Night Rock and Roll Show, hosted by the New Orleans’ House of Blues, which featured some remarkable jam sessions such as –

Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone and Stuart Neville 


And direct from Bloody Scotland - The Slice Girls, which featured British writers AK Benedict, Steph Broadribb, Susi Holliday and the American writers Louise Voss, Alexandra Sokoloff & Harley Jane Kozak.


And of course, I was delighted to watch Heather Graham and her Band perform one of my favourite songs from the late Leonard Cohen


As ever I digress; for New Orleans has that effect on anyone who has been to this strange and surreal American city; for even when you leave NOLA - remember The French Quarter stays with you, as does a Bouchercon event.

So with my mind back to London, after a cognitive digression on days now passed; It was good to see crime-writer Laura Wilson, and her editor, the renowned Jane Wood; we discussed much, including the work of Philip Kerr [another of her authors] as many of us are in awe of his Historical Bernie Gunther novels.

As ever Mike Carlson got talking about our mutual love of Philip K Dick, and how the current world appears to resemble his writing, frighteningly.  Then again, Mike and I share liberal sensibilities when it comes to political governance, though we rarely share recipes for Lentil Broth or sing Kumbya, I hasten to add.

There were far too many authors in attendance to mention; though I was looking forward to meeting the enigmatic JP Delaney, as I had an early read last year of a remarkable thriller ‘The Girl Before’, which is due out on at the end of January from Quercus Publishing.


I had unfortunately missed Delaney [as he had to leave the party early]; as I wanted to congratulate him on this remarkable thriller ‘The Girl Before’.

I had initially groaned when I started reading it, due to the now ubiquitous ‘Girl’ in the title which many of us have sighed about its use in titles that commenced with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, The Girl with all the Gifts, Girl on a Train et. al. However, within a few pages I was locked into Delaney’s dark tale. 

The late Stieg Larsson has much to answer for, I guess changing the direction of the crime / thriller genre, both in novels and film too.

I had initially thought JP Delaney was a female writer, scribbling under a pseudonym; though I have since discovered who JP Delaney really is. In fact I discovered to my amusement that I actually interviewed him, over a decade ago at Crimescene 2003; when he was published by the Transworld imprint of Random House UK. 

If you Click Here from my report of Crimescene 2003, you might discover who J P Delaney really is, by reading through the author interviews contained within; but in case you think JP Delaney is in fact my very dear and old friend Martina Cole, I would remind you that J P Delaney is a male author, and another clue, JP Delaney is not Walter Mosely.


I would also advise that global rights for ‘The Girl Before’ have been sold, as well as a film option from Ron Howard, in Hollywood, and it comes highly recommended, trust me. Remember it was indeed Quercus Publishing [via Christopher MacLehose] who discovered this bloke.

So after a most enjoyable day, lunching with Peter May, thanks to Sophie Ransom, Quercus Publishing and riverrrun’s Jon Riley, followed by Karen Sullian’s launch of Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson hosted by David Headley’s Goldsboro Books and the Warming The Blood party, it was time to say my farewells thanking the Crimefiles team, Kerry Hood and Nick Sayers for hosting a lively gathering of Bibliophiles.  The only regrets being I had to miss Angela Clarke’s launch for ‘Watch Me’ in Piccadilly, as well as Steph Broadribb’s Deep Down Dead launch, as I had more diary Clashes than Joe Strummer.

So now we’ll need to evaluate what’s in store for 2017 from the other British Publishing Houses, such as Hachette’s Little Brown and Orion Publishing divisions; as well as Penguin Random House, Faber and Faber, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Macmillan - as well as other Publishers, especially the thriving independent sector.

Good Night after what I would term a Top Biff day in London; and Happy Reading as we all need distraction from what may follow with the imminent regime change in North America.

The world would be a much nicer place, if more people switched off their TV sets, and read novels, especially dark fiction, for it gives narrative contrast against the surreal backdrop that appears to be our reality; and helps develop critical thinking and empathy towards others - as the ability to think with logic, as opposed to prejudice is vital, for in our World, we see truth and lies becoming intertwined, by some within our ranks, who have an agenda to forward.

I draw comfort from the words of Dr Hannibal Lecter, of Johns Hopkins, Baltimore when I view our current reality; contrasted against the fictional world in Crime, Mystery & Thriller Writing

“I collect church collapses, recreationally. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvellous! The facade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If he's up there, he just loves it, Officer Starling. Typhoid and Swans - it all comes from the same place.” 


Ali Karim, London
January 2017




Message Ends

Ragnar’s Rupture


The Shots team were delighted to be able to attend Ragnar Jonasson’s launch party for his novel Rupture, a startling addition to his Dark Iceland series. I first met Ragnar a few years ago before he was published in English, when he joined the Quiz Team I was captaining at a Crimefest event in Bristol. I was impressed by Ragnar’s knowledge and insight into the work of Dame Agatha Christie.

It came as little surprise when Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books picked up Ragnar’s work for the English market; with excellent translation by fellow writer Quentin Bates.

So the literary critics and crime-fiction reviewers gathered at David Headley’s Goldsboro Books in London’s West-End, so celebrate the latest work from the dark imagination of Ragnar Jonasson.

So what is Rupture all about?

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He's assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinsister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland's foremost crime writers.

Ayo Onatade recently interviewed Ragnar, as part of his blog tour, and his insight can be sampled Here

We captured Karen Sullivan welcoming the guests and introducing Ragnar on video here –


And Shots have discounted copies available from our bookstore Here


And here are few photos from the event



Friday, 13 January 2017

A riverrun, past Peter May’s Cast Iron

Meeting former journalist, screen-writer turned bestselling crime-writer Peter May, has become an annual highlight to start the year for the Shots Magazine Editors.
So thanks to Sophie Ransom and the Quercus Publishing team we met up with Peter in a restaurant in Farringdon, West London. Peter is published in the new riverrun Imprint managed by renowned publisher Jon Riley, who is also Peter’s long-standing Editor. In case you were wondering where this niche imprint gets its name, remember the opening to Finnigan’s Wake by James Joyce

Riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Joining the Shots Editors were several journalists including the ubiquitous Barry Forshaw, Jake Kerridge from The Telegraph, Jon Coates of The Express and of course the team from rriverun and Quercus.

So what has Peter in store for his readers in 2017 with CAST IRON?

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.
No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.

Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.

Fellow crime-writer Michael Jecks reviewed CAST IRON at Shots –

…........this was a seriously competent crime novel, with more twists and turns than the average anaconda. Peter May’s writing is … well, I’ll admit to a certain professional jealousy here. He writes with a precision and clarity that is all too rare nowadays. It is fluid, brilliant and entrancing. There’s an almost poetic quality to his sentences which I found just brilliant.
So, in short, would I recommend this book? Yes, and more, I am going to get a hold of his previous titles in the series too. It is clear that this book does not deserve to be read on its own. As an individual piece of work, it is very good. However, it leaves me feeling that I had read one of the later Harry Potter books without knowing the story of the main characters before. There is much that I look forward to learning of Enzo’s background.

I would rate this as a highly recommended novel.

Read Mike Jeck’s full review from Shots Magazine Here

CAST IRON is the 6th and Final Book in Enzo Files Series, and for those who only know Peter for his award-winning Black House [the Lewis Trilogy], or Entry island - you are in for a treat, as Quercus / riverrrun have released the Enzo Files backlist in Paperback.
So after some mingling and chatting over a most generous lunch; riverrun Publisher Jon Riley introduced Peter’s latest work


And then Peter spoke in his self-deprecating manner, and you can see the genuine warm relationship between author and publisher as well as how many of us got past the first page of Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.


We present a few photographs of the lunch with Peter May.


And a reminder, Shots have discounted copies of CAST IRON available from our bookstore HERE [50% off Cover Price]


Another remember, Peter continues his talks as he tours promoting CAST IRON, so if you wish to get a signed copy, see his itinerary below.

Always check with his web-page HERE in case of any changes, and remember to book ahead to ensure you get a seat, as Peter’s talks are always full houses as he is an extraordinary raconteur, and is as amusing as he is insightful.

In fact, apart from being an extraordinary writer of crime-fiction, he’s a top bloke.

Monday 16th January - PERTH

19.00           Culture Perth and Kinross in association with Waterstones Perth
St John’s Kirk, 31 St John’s Place, Perth
Tickets: £6
Tel for tickets:  01738 444949 (library) or 01738 630013 (Waterstones)                        

Tuesday 17th January - EDINBURGH

12.30-14.00        Formal signing at Waterstones Edinburgh
Waterstones West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
Contact: Euan Tait
Email: Events.EdinburghWestEnd@waterstones.com
Phone: 0131 226 2666                                                                             

18.30            Edinburgh Library event in association with Blackwell’s
Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge                                         
Tel:  0131 242 8000 (library) or 0131 622 8222 (Blackwell’s)                                      

Wednesday 18th January - GLASGOW

18.30            Glasgow Life in association with Waterstone’s Sauchiehall Street
Partick Burgh Halls, 9 Burgh Hall Street, Glasgow
Tickets: £8
Tel:  0141 353 8000 or 0141 332 9105 (Waterstones)                                

Thursday 19th January – MANCHESTER

19.00        WATERSTONES Manchester, Deansgate
Waterstone’s, Deansgate, Manchester
Tickets: £5/£3
Tel:  0161 837 3000                                                                                                 

Monday 23rd January - OXFORD

19.00            WATERSTONES Oxford
Waterstone’s, William Baker House, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AF
Tickets: £5 or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card           
Tel:  01865 790212                                                                                                     

Tuesday 24th January - LONDON

19.00            WATERSTONES Kensington
Waterstone’s, 193 Kensington High St, Kensington
Tickets: £5 or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card  
Tel for tickets: 020 7 937 843


Shots Magazine would like to thank Sophie Ransom, Jon Riley and the riverrun and Quercus Publishing teams for an excellent lunch; and or course Peter May, for the wonderful, insightful read that is CAST IRON.