Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Compendium of Mystery News 070815

Today's compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• Simon Donohue writing for the Manchester Evening News talks to mystery author Peter Robinson about his latest book, Friend of the Devil, and why his mysteries haven't made the transition to television.

• David Robinson reports on that a spat between Britain's two best-selling crime writers exploded into the open last night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Val McDermid took exception to a remark made by Ian Rankin in an interview last year.

• David Gustafson of the StarTribune interviews a member of the Minnesota Crime Wave, a trio of Twin Cities-area mystery writers, about murder and mayhem in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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1 comment:

  1. For the record, I did not mention Ian Rankin by name at my Edinburgh Book Festival event with Denise Mina (who has been curiously written out of the record...) precisely because I wanted to address the issue of how women writing about violence is perceived rather than to make a personal attack on any individual. Nor did I refer to any of his books specifically. I did mention this particular title last year on a radio programme when I was debating the specific comment that Ian made, but I did not refer to it or any of his other books at the Edinburgh event, for the same reason. The remarks that I made -- which were echoed and expanded by Denise -- were in response to a question from the audience about women's experiences as crime writers.
    There is no feud between me and Ian. We have been good pals for a dozen years and are sufficiently grown up to be capable of not having identical views on every subject.
    For a more balanced view of the Edinburgh event, you might like to check out:
    Written by the same journalist who wrote the other piece...


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