Thursday, 28th September 2017
Going Down Slow and Other Stories, a collection of seven of my short stories, will be published by Five Leaves in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, the first 100 signed and numbered, on November 14th. I shall be at the Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham that evening, reading from the book, answering any questions and signing copies. Details of this and other events can be found on the Events page of this web site. https://mellotone.co.uk/events2/
Tuesday, 18th July 2017
I’m delighted – nay, thrilled – to announce that the fourth Frank Elder novel, Body & Soul, will be published by William Heinemann in April, 2018.
Monday, 28th May 2017
The recording dates for the two Inspector Chen mysteries listed below have been moved back to March, 2018, with broadcasting dates most likely in the summer or autumn.
Following a successful Jazz & Poetry gig at The Latest Bar in Brighton, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, two further dates with the John Lake Band have been arranged: Friday, 24th November at Foyles Bookshop in London’s Charing Cross Road and Friday, 29th December at the Underground Theatre, Eastbourne.
From 17th May till 26th June, the kindle edition of the first Charlie Resnick novel, Lonely Hearts, will be available from Amazon, as part of their Start a New Series promotion, at the bargain price of £1.99.
Friday, 3rd March 2017
Following my dramatisation of Qiu Xiaolong’s “A Case of Two Cities“, the 4th of the Inspector Chen mysteries being broadcast on BBC Radio 4, I have agreed to dramatise the 8th & 9th books in the series, “Enigma of China” and “Shanghai Redemption”. Recording dates are set for November, for broadcasting early in 2018.
As noted on my blog https://straight75nochaser.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/new-beginnings/ I have begun writing a new Frank Elder novel, Body & Soul, for possible publication in the late spring of 2018.
Several new events have been added to my list of engagements for this year and a full list can be seen on the Events page of this web site. https://mellotone.co.uk/events2/
And finally, I’m pleased to announce that the Nottingham-based small press, Five Leaves, will be publishing Going Down Slow and Other Stories, a limited edition hardback containing seven previously uncollected short stories, in November.
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