Showing posts with label Shakespeare mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shakespeare mysteries. Show all posts

Dec 3, 2018

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Readers are aware that I'm making the Loser Mysteries mine by getting new covers, re-editing (which I shouldn't do but can't stop myself from), and re-releasing them. That's enough to keep me busy...sort of. The problem is there's lots of wait time. Wait for proof copies. Wait for beta readers to comb through for those last few niggling mistakes. Wait for more proofs. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Because I can't stand to be idle, I took up a side project: the sequel to SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD. I blame this on a reader who claims it's the best book she's read in years--how's that for incentive?
When I had an agent for SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD, she told me to work on the sequel while she shopped the book to publishers. Being the good girl I am, I did that. Then after a year, I got a letter saying she couldn't sell the book (though she said she still loved it) and she was dropping me as a client. That's how it goes in the biz.

Anyway, I had the book, and Amazon had begun making it easy to do your own e-books, so I released it that way. There were glitches, because it wasn't quite as easy to do a good e-book as I'd thought, but eventually I got it right and it was out there. A while back I decided to make it a paperback. Got a new cover and did that, which is how the reader I mentioned above got hold of it.

With her comment, I recalled the sequel, pretty much finished but just lying at the back of my computer. With time to wait for Loser, I brushed up CHARLIE DICKENS' DOCUMENTS and sent for proofs of that one. Teaser: Mercedes Maxwell, the protagonist of SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD, returns to Britain for a second adventure, this time chasing the secrets of Charles Dickens so she can find, maybe rescue, her SO, Colm Kennedy.

So yeah, now I'm waiting for TWO books to be ready...It never ends!



Feb 22, 2016

Shakespearean Mysteries: PLAN X

I'm focusing on four modern novels related to Shakespeare and his works, since 2016 is the 400th anniversary of my favorite writer's death.
Last week's book, MACDEATH, was a cozy set in a theater, and I enjoyed it very much.
My plan was to read a book each week for three weeks (mine is the 4th), but that didn't happen. I started reading THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER and had to finish it. (Loved it!)

What I present here, therefore, is an overview from the Amazon page, with reviews from those who have read PLAN X. What I saw there convinced me that it's a book I do want to read, so I bought it for my Kindle. Before next Monday I plan to read this one and hopefully the last one of the four, NINE DAYS TO EVIL.

PLAN X is billed as an international thriller for those who love intrigue, secrets, and spies. The protagonist begins in Montana, goes to Washington, DC., and finally across the ocean in search of answers to a puzzle.

"PLAN X is both thrilling and sophisticated. In a serpentine story that races from small-town Montana to the vaulted halls of Windsor Castle, nothing is as it seems, including the works of the great Shakespeare himself. Former military and current police officer Cody Byrne is unforgettable-- a heroine you want to root for. I love this book! "
--New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J. Carson Black

Amazon readers like the book, and scanning their comments, I decided I might like it as well. One mentioned not liking the cover, and I'll confess that while I don't hate it, I don't love it, either. However, I am the world's third worst judge of cover art (at least in the bottom ten). Some hint of the Bard's presence in either the title or the cover art would have helped me pick this book out of the thousands that are tossed at me each week by book-recommendation sites. (Because you know I am a Shakespeare geek!)

I'll begin reading today. The only fear I have is that it will turn out the author thinks Queen Elizabeth wrote Shakespeare's stuff for him--in her spare time. :)

I'll provide my personal reaction in next week's blog.

Feb 16, 2016

MACDEATH

Four authors are observing the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by showing off their Bard-related mysteries. I'm going to focus on one at a time, so this week it's Cindy Brown's Macdeath.
Here are some things I like/love about the book.
*It's a cozy--amateur sleuth, small cast of characters who all know each other--but it never descends to the silliness I despise in some cozies. People act like real people (even if they are all actors). :)
*It takes place in a theater. Anyone who knows my drama director background can guess I'd like that.
*The play Macbeth is woven into the story. Anyone who knows my English teacher background will know I loved that.
*The main character is real. I felt like she was someone I've known, or might have.
*The author has a sense of story. I particularly liked the connection between the first line and the last.
*...and who doesn't love that title? Makes me wish I'd thought of it!





Here are the other three books, which I'll talk about in the weeks to come:


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