I'm pleased to share the news that the September 2022 edition of Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine (in Japan) is featuring me and my work, marking, as it says on the cover, "The 80th Anniversary of His Birth."
As well as a newly translated story, there are critical comments and a message from me for my Japanese readers. The company, headed by the amazing Hiroshi Hayakawa, has supported my work since the early '70s. It is now also publishing my latest novel, Whatever It Takes.
If all that's not enough, the magazine also includes a wonderful story by my partner, Liza Cody: "When I'm Feeling Lucky" is otherwise only available in English in her story collection, "My People." Who but Liza would write haikus for a story to be published in Japan?
A grandfather and father tries whatever he can think of to protect his daughter and her son as they hide from the ravages of a universal disease and the people who seek to take advantage of it.
Leopold has arrived in a new home, while trying to escape the emotional damage he's inflicted on the woman he loves and on himself. Yes, there are murders and mysteries in the story as it unfolds, but more than anything else this is a novel about a man's attempt to find redemption.
I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW ALBERT SAMSON BOOK:
ALIEN QUARTET puts together four linked Samson stories.
The link - besides all being set, as ever, in Indianapolis, and during a single year - is that the client in the first story returns in each of the others. Here's a teaser, that first client is LeBron James, who wants Samson to investigate a break-in at his run-down Indy home...
The stories have previously been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, but never together. I like them a lot and, happily, some other people have as well. Two of the four were nominated for the Shamus, and one won that prize (Best PI story of the year.) As well, Ellery Queen’s editor was among those suggesting I publish them together. Well, now (at last) I have. Soft cover and all electronic formats. Over to you.
If you like the look of these fries, they're available (without the bullet hole) at the Guildhall Café in central Bath.
Somewhat older news now, but still good, is that fourteen of my mysteries have now been reissued in the US and Canada in (all) electronic formats.
The books include the complete Albert Samson series, the complete Leroy Powder series, and two more Indianapolis novels (Underdog and And Baby Will Fall) in which some of my series characters make supporting appearances. As well there's the first of my British-set mysteries, set in Bath. Did I mention I'm thrilled? I'm thrilled!
Here's the new cover for that first Albert Samson appearance.
But for all of you in the rest of the world new editions of the Samson and Powder books are now available - in electronic formats and also as paperbacks and hardbacks via print on demand. Folks in northern North America will not be allowed to have them (at least theoretically.) Here's a sample cover. I'm thrilled s'more!
Something rather different, CONFESSIONS OF A DISCONTENTED DEITY, continues to be available on all electronic platforms. If you have trouble finding it, try the book search on Smashwords.
Ever wondered what God is like? Well think about it: He made man in His own image, right? So if you look at men and work backwards you'll get the idea. Which explains a lot.
CONFESSIONS is narrated by God and describes a period of His life when He finds Himself changing. That not only surprises Him, it confuses Him and he gets slapped a lot.
But God is nothing if not a problem-solver. In this book He describes how He went about trying to understand Himself and work out what he should do about modern man. And modern woman.
Here's what the legendary mystery writer, Peter Lovesey, says about CONFESSIONS of a DISCONTENTED DEITY:
"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."
For exerpts from more reviews, click on the book title in the column on the right.
There are four five star reviews for the book on the US Amazon site now. One says, among other things, "...If you like Lewin, read this novel." Another compares it to Twain and Vonnegut. A third is by my sister. But it's not expensive, $2.99 for now. Give it a try?
In my response to the first reaction to CONFESSIONS to be posted on my Chit, Chat & Pics page I've described how this book relates to my earlier ROVER'S TALES. God... dog... The poster also asks if I've gone dyslexic. Take a look?
Here's my first story offering as an electronic publication, at just under $1 - available from Amazon, Smashwords and all the major electronic platforms.
I really like the cover. It was done for me by Sam Camden-Smith.
FAMILY TRIO contains three stories about the family of private detectives who have featured in the novels FAMILY BUSINESS and FAMILY PLANNING. (The third novel in the series, FAMILY WAY, is out in the US this December.)
In "The Jane Case" the Old Man starts working out at the gym but when he watches a young man who runs oddly on a treadmill he finds a client. David's initiative helps solve the case and Marie sets up in a new enterprise.
In "And Maybe More" Salvatore has dinner with a woman who advertized on a dating site - strictly business, of course. Meanwhile Gina and Mama unravel the source of Marie's sudden wealth.
In "Gun Point" Angelo is held up on his way home from a drawing class and Rosetta meets a policeman who's only just moved to Bath.
These stories have been published before in mystery magazines but I've rewritten them all significantly for this, my first venture into electronic publishing. It's available for all major electronic platforms and for direct download to computers. Give it a try and let me know what you think?
2009 marked the 40th anniversary of many things - first men on the moon, the Miracle Mets, PBS, Woodstock, Monty Python, Nancy Banks-Smith's first wicked TV reviews, the forerunner of the internet, Sesame Street. And Albert Samson.
Albert Samson? you say. Although the first Samson novel was published in 1971, I began writing it in November of '69. Recently I discovered the manuscript of those first few pages. This is what page one looked like:
On this site I hope to provide a combination of accurate information about my current and past writing along with some less work-focussed bits and pieces. I normally have a look at the site each day.
So, look around and then, if you care to, comment on the Chit, Chat & Pics page, sign up for a very occasional newsletter, or contact me with the links provided.
And in any case, thanks for checking in.