Large print, Amazon and the Frankfurt Book Fair


I received the large print edition of The Suffocating Sea, the third in the DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels last week, and it looks good. This will now be on sale on line or to order through bookshops and also available on loan through libraries. In addition, The Suffocating Sea is available as a talking book, which can be bought as a download or in cassette and CD format, or on loan through the library service. And, of course, it is in paperback and hardcover.

"DI Horton is called to investigate a suspicious fire on board a boat, but as soon as he arrives at the marina he experiences a premonition so strong that it’s almost audible. As he views the charred remains of the dead man he knows instinctively that this investigation will be like no other, and he’s right. Soon Horton is forced to confront the past, not just the victim’ past, but the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance over thirty years ago. As the pieces of a long ago puzzle begin to unravel, it soon becomes clear to Horton that this is one case someone is determined he should never solve – masterminded by a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out... "


Selected as the "Best of British Crime Fiction" by The Book Depository


Which brings me on to reviews.  The reviews are back on Amazon.co.uk along with the ratings, not sure whether to be pleased or peeved. Both really, pleased with the good reviews and peeved about the bad ones, but as a crime fiction writer you must expect both good and bad reviews, what one person thinks is a killer read another can consider rubbish. My Inspector Horton novels have been described as police procedurals and detective novels, murder mysteries, fast-paced and action-packed, an entertaining read not a hard-bolied, gruesome read. I'm glad Amazon has sorted out their technical glitch.

It’s the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, and this year I won’t be going, although my novels are on the Frankfurt Book Fair web site with details of the rights available. It looks as though it might be a lively book fair in terms of protests. Frankfurt is putting extra security measures in place, in anticipation of the protests. At least five groups, including Tibetan activists, have registered with the city to carry out protests. Under German law, protesters must register, but do not need permission, to carry out demonstrations. Let’s hope everything goes off peacefully!

I am looking forward to the London Book Fair though in April 2010, which I will be attending. I know it seems a long way off, but boy, doesn’t the time fly past. And by then I’ll have a new Inspector Andy Horton out called Blood on the Sand. Can’t wait to see the cover design. Not sure when it will be ready, but I’ll post it here. I might also post an extract of chapter one before it's published.

Back to this week though, and on Thursday I’m giving a talk and book signing at the 60+ festival being held in Portsmouth. I will be at Portsmouth Central Library on 15 October at 2.30pm. So, if you’re over 60 and a resident of Portsmouth do come along…

Apart from that it’s on with the writing. Inspector Andy Horton number six is coming along nicely.

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