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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


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Michael Z. Lewin Newsletter - October 2006

September 29, 2006

MICHAEL Z. LEWIN NEWSLETTER – October 2006

I try not to flood you with newsletters and I seem to be succeeding. The last was many months ago. I hope life has been treating you well in my absence.

One of the reasons I don’t send many out is that I like to be able to pass on real information – news – in them. This year, however, has been one of delays, so all there is to tell you about now is the coming publication of some short stories and a bit about my visit to the US this autumn.

Stories

I do have short stories in the pipeline. One is part of a secret project – a book to celebrate a well-known writer who doesn’t know it’s coming… Will the surprise party really be a surprise? Check Crippen & Landru – the legendary publisher of short story collections – in November. But three other stories of mine will be published early next year in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

“Wheeze” will be in the March/April issue (on sale in January.) It will be published alongside stories by Liza Cody and Peter Lovesey. Together we picked a newspaper story and then each wrote a story inspired by it. The newspaper article was this:

"Hagen, Germany
Pensioner gang on trial: Three geriatric criminals have gone on trial accused of carrying out a string of armed robberies across western Germany. "Rudi" Richter, 74, Wilfried Ackerman, 73, and Lotha Ackerman, 64, have admitted taking part in 14 robberies that earned them a total of 1.3m euros. They began robbing banks in 1988, but were forced to stop the next year when Wilfried was arrested and sent to prison for ten years. In 2000, they reformed, and reached their peak three years later, scooping a quarter of a million euros in five heists. Age, however, eventually caught up with them. "Rudi couldn't really get up the stairs any more and we constantly had to stop so that he could go to the toilet," said Wilfried. At first, police assumed they were looking for young men; they realised their mistake when a witness reported hearing the thieves wheezing."


We also did a little booklet of the stories, including the original article, which was the basis of a panel at the March 06 conference Left Coast Crime. Called “The Ideas Experiment”, there are a few signed copies of the booklet available via my website.

I have two more stories are appearing in the May EQMM (on sale at the end of February.) These are “They Never Listen” and “D’You Hear Me” and they both focus on Garth and Annette, friends who talk about their family problems over a game of cards and a drink. But what they’re talking about isn’t your usual chat down at the pub. I may well write further stories about them.

US Trip

I’ll be going to the Midwest again this October. I’ll be at the Magna cum Murder mystery conference in Muncie October 27-29, and in Indianapolis a day or two before that.

Then it’s off to St. Louis where I’ll be doing two programs. The evening of October 30th I’ll be at the Main Library at 7 pm doing “What Happens Next?”

The next afternoon I’ll be at the Schlafly Branch from 3:30 till 5 doing “Murder You Write” in a program aimed mostly at young adults. That’s the aim, but who will I hit? You?

Website

It’s been four years now since I launched my website. Each year the number of visits to it has increased over the last. This year the increase has been up about 50%. Thank you, if you’re among the returning visitors. I do try to add things to the site but it never happens as quickly as I intend.

There are puzzles, a project to show the versions of a story as I write it, more pictures, sample pages from some of the books, lots of things that I’ve got in mind. But how many will I manage to add by this time next year…? Do I get credit for thinking about it?

Work in progress

Since this time last year I’ve been working on a new novel that will be the first in a new series. Although it’s set in England, one of the two main characters is American – from Kokomo. I’m all but done with the final draft. Watch this space.

Bath

It’s been a funny ol’ summer here. Very hot in July, autumnal in August, and then a bit perky for the first half of September. Cool again now, but comfy. And we do have a new bath in Bath, as of two weeks ago.

Bath is the site of a hot spring and has water pouring forth at 45 Celsius or 113 Fahrenheit. People have been coming here to bathe for thousands of years and elaborate baths built by the Romans still exist. But for the last twenty years there has been no hot bathing – until this August. A long-awaited project, the Bath Spa, is now open in the heart of the city. Fancy a dip?


SELECTED WORKS
Click on the title for more information.

A
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.