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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 4

March 12, 2004

Michael Z. Lewin Newsletter 4
March 2004

Greetings from icy Bath. Global warming may be a baaad thing, but a little regional warming would do nicely just now.

Long-serving subscribers will know I’ve delayed this edition in order to be able to include some information about the publication of EYE OPENER. Happily, I can do this now – since contracts have been signed and mailed at last. Albert Samson’s rest-break will end in the U.S. around the time ’04 is turning into ’05. The book will also be published in Japan though I don’t know when it’s scheduled. Further publication details here – and on the site – when I have them.

The process has been drawn out for a variety of reasons, not least unsuccesful attempts by my agent to tie re-publication of the seven earlier Samsons to a deal with the new book. While all that’s been going on I’ve just been getting on with writing – which is the bit I enjoy most. So, since I completed Albert’s return – in company with his daughter, Sam (last seen in THE SILENT SALESMAN) and his mother, Posy (last seen in UNDERDOG if you don’t count short stories) – I’ve finished two other books. The more recent is a non-series mystery set in Indianapolis; the other is not a mystery and is a story told by way of many very short stories and set all over the universe – making it just a tad difficult to describe in a few words. More about them when they too have signed and sealed homes… Meanwhile I’ve also written a couple of new Lunghi stories, in preparation for beginning a third FAMILY novel.

Out and about

The ‘03 “Wanted for Murder” tour was – again – quite a trip, especially ending as it did in a performance at the Las Vegas Bouchercon. For a while a video of that show was posted on the web, but that’s gone now. And it’s unlikely the Wanted troika will hit the road again soon. So the only residue left now is the “Take Outs” CD, still available in limited numbers on my website. It’s not too early to think about that Christmas shopping, you know…

My colleagues – Peter Lovesey and Liza Cody – and I found a lot of things about the convention hotel difficult in Vegas. It even took a bit of magic just to find a place to sit down and drink a cup of coffee.

(there was a picture of Peter and Liza here - Peter with one of his magic thumbs, Liza with coffee, both in the only chairs available: in front of slot machines...)

Coming up for me closer to home is the Frome Festival. On Tuesday July 6th I’ll be one of a number of writers reading in Frome (Somerset) library in “Prose and Cons” at 7.30. A few days earlier – July 3rd – I’ll be at the Assembly Rooms in Frome – also as part of the Festival – where I’ll be signing and even selling some books between noon and four.

Then in October I’ll be in the US again. A final schedule isn’t ready, but on October 19th I’ll be in Columbus Ohio, and on the 27th in Indianapolis. In both cases I’ll be doing mystery evenings for the library that will have a competition format. Teams from the audiences will write their own ends to a story. For prizes! In between I’ll be fetching up again at Magna cum Murder in Muncie. And probably a few other places.


With frosty mist obscuring the hills on the edge of Bath, it’s hard to find enthusiasm today for steering you to nice little places here you might not find for yourselves. Them hills ain’t even all that fer away. So, don’t visit Bath today. Come back when it’s warmer. Or… go back in time. You’ll find it without my pointing, but there are a hot springs here – the only ones in England – and they’ve drawn people here for, literally, thousands of years. The Romans made a big deal of them, and what remains their time is nicely presented in town center. Follow the signs for the Roman Baths.

But I’ve been going back in time myself the last few days, from the comfort of my office. While considering tour options for October, I stumbled across the Kokomo (Indiana) Library’s historical project that has pages posted from local high school yearbooks. And, my mother graduated from Kokomo High, in 1928. So a few clicks and a few minutes later I had a picture of her, a paragraph she wrote for the yearbook, and the information that as a senior she won an academic prize: a loan of two-hundred and fifty dollars.

Amazing, this internet stuff. Warm too.

Michael Z. Lewin
March 12, 2004

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.