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Some news!

And it is news although it’s about olds. The olds being old books – well, let us not say “old”, let us say “timeless”. To be specific, many of my early novels have now been reissued.

All eight Albert Samson and all three Leroy Powder novels are now freshly available in all popular electronic formats, throughout the world. And except the US and Canada they’re also available as new paperback and hardback books.

Sorry about that, US and Canada. But as compensation you can get three more novels (electronically) that the rest of the world can’t get. These are my Indianapolis mysteries, UNDERDOG and AND BABY WILL FALL, which both feature some of my other characters in them. As well, you can get FAMILY BUSINESS. This is completely different, set in the city where I live now (Bath, England) and is the first of the Lunghi family novels.

Does it sound a bit complicated? Well it’s been a long process, involving two different publishers, two countires, and two sets of new book covers. I’ve attached the new cover for my first ever mystery, ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION. It’s the one you can get in the US and Canada. But I’ve posted the other new ASK cover on my website.

But do check out your favorite/​favourite online suppliers of books to see all the covers, titles, and editions available to you. If, that is, you’re inclined to read or reread some of these books.

And as a special tempter, on February 18th only, those of you in the US and Canada will be able to get HARD LINE (2nd of the Powder novels) at a discounted price. Give it a try?

And that’s the news. Given that I haven’t issued a newsletter for three years I guess you believe me when I say on my website that I won’t inundate you with them.

And otherwise, things here are good here – apart from the unreliability of British weather. I’m continuing to work and will announce things as they emerge. And as well I have it in mind to publish a collection of Samson stories that have otherwise only been available individually in magazines. Four of them are linked and one won a prize (and another a nomination.) So later this year. Or next…

Meanwhile you can keep up to date on my website – where, among other things, I now try to post a picture every month or two as I wander around this part of the world.

I hope you’re well too.

Michael Z. Lewin


Michael Z. Lewin Newsletter 3

September 1, 2003

I regaled you in June with news of the stops Liza Cody, Peter Lovesey and I will be making next month with our “Wanted for Murder” show – described recently as mystery vaudeville. Isn’t vaudeville dead? Ah well.

But we are also doing something different this year. We've produced a “Wanted for Murder” CD: TAKE-OUTS. I’ve attempted to include a picture of the cover below, and a picture of the back cover lower down. But for those of you unable to get these images, they both appear now on my website, on the Home and Events pages respectively.

(picture from Home page was here)

Liza, Peter and I like to try new things – the kind of show we do testifies to that. And this is certainly… different. There are songs (including Peter’s famous “Autopsy Scene”) along with two new stories (one by Liza and my first new Rover in years), readings and two 3-way conversations.

We did it to offer the people attending our shows this year something more like what they’ve just seen than a book can be (although only Peter’s song actually comes from the show.)

And I’m sending this to you now because as part of the elite band of my newsletter subscribers, you deserve to be told about new things before the rest of the world. So now you know…

On the site’s Events page it explains how you can buy copies if you’re inclined - Christmas is coming... And below this paragraph I've put the picture of the back cover, with its list of the ten tracks and individual pictures of the three of us.

(Picture from Events page was here)

As far as we know, no other mystery writers have done anything quite like it. We'll cry when somebody tells us another group has...

News of the oeuvre

I do hope soon to have some (new) news about EYE OPENER. But meanwhile I can alert you to a couple of stories coming up in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. I don't know the issues yet. One is called "Cigarettes" and the other is a new Powder story called "911".

The story from the CD, "Rover - CSI" will be published in the October edition of Indy Mens Magazine - so contact your no doubt numerous friends in Indianapolis so they can snag copies for you.

Another story I was working on this group kinda grew. I'm working on the second draft now. It's currently 295 pages long. Yes, I think we can call it a novel.

In Japan, FAMILY PLANNING will be published in November as a Hayakawa Pocket Mystery. In the October edition of Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine I'll talk a little about it, while also joining in the celebrations for the series' 50th year. 50 years... Amazing.

And I was pleased that the edition of ROVER'S TALES in Chinese is now officially out, from Wisdom & Knowlege/Two Person Publishing Company.

Best wishes to you all.


Michael Z. Lewin
September 2003

Click on the title for more information.

Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.