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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



February 13, 2013

I’m sending this to let you know that my new book CONFESSIONS of a DISCONTENTED DEITY will be available for free from Amazon through the 16th of February.

I did a trial free day in December and was overwhelmed by the response. So this time I’m hoping that you’ll take a look at the book if you haven’t already. And that in any case you’ll tell people you know about it so they can take advantage of the free days.

You, or they, then might be inclined to post a review on Amazon – pro or con. I think it can be really helpful to have honest opinions across a range.

That said, reaction so far has been very positive. Here are some of the responses I’ve had.

Peter Lovesey, the legendary mystery writer, wrote
"Confessions is a joy and I’m sure it will entertain and amuse everyone lucky enough to read it, bishops, priests and born-again Christians included. Rabbis, too. There’s such good sense and wisdom at the heart of this wonderful romp through heaven and earth. The idea is inspired and the energy and ingenuity of each chapter explore the nature of, well, almost everything that matters. The brilliance is that while we are treated to such fun with a God learning to be streetwise, the story is rooted in good theology. I hope He will return."

US Amazon already includes reviews from:

Mystery writer Ronald C. Tierney
“…Lewin lends his talent to the kind of thought-provoking fun we find with the irreverent playfulness of Shaw, Twain and Vonnegut.”

Reviewer Kent E. Schroder
“…Where does 'Confessions' fit? It doesn't…There is no way to tie this book to any of Lewin's previous work…God finds himself discontented and decides to visit the earth in human form. To tell you more of the plot might ruin the surprises awaiting the reader. If you like Lewin, read this novel…a very enjoyable book by a fine writer.”

Reviewer Adel Foz
“This is a fast, engaging read about how God copes with the fact that he made man (not woman) in his own image. That means dealing with men's changing feelings about life and women. I kept wondering what would happen next and read it in three sittings…”

Sister Julie E. Lewin
“CONFESSIONS OF A DISCONTENTED DEITY is different, delightful, clever, entertaining, laugh-out-loud, yet thought-provoking. Ideal for those who can read for only a limited time per reading session, because each chapter picks up easily from the last and sort of stands on its own. I gave a bunch for holiday gifts.”

On UK Amazon reviewer iChas said
“…God has created Man in his own image, and so, logically, God is moody, lusty, capricious, easily bored, and comes to recognise His Own aggressive streak. He is also Creative (obviously, and still at it) and a bit of a nerd. And thoroughly spoiled. So far, so comic, and it is…But the fundamental dilemma of God's situation is so cleverly woven into the story that the book is both thought provoking and frankly subversive.”

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.