A Good Week for Northern Ireland Crime Writers

Friday, May 01, 2009, 1:40 PM

This week has seen a couple of big events for Northern Irish crime writers. It started with the early release of FIFTY GRAND by ex-pat Adrian McKinty. This book has been getting rapturous reviews left, right and centre, and looks like being a breakout success for the author who originally hails from Carrickfergus. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one in the not too distant future. And isn't that a great cover?

Just across Belfast Lough from Carrickfergus stands the seaside town of Bangor, home to Northern Ireland's top dog of crime writers, Colin Bateman, or as he more often known these days, simply Bateman. His new novel MYSTERY MAN, which is out now, is interesting for many reasons, but primarily because it is set in a bookshop called No Alibis on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. What's interesting is there is a real life bookshop on Botanic Avenue called No Alibis, where the book will be launched this evening. But there was extra good news for Col-- sorry, Bateman -- today when Mystery Man was named as a pick for Richard and Judy's summer reading feature. For my US readers, getting a slot on Richard and Judy is the equivalent of appearing on Oprah. In other words, it's A Big Deal.

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Blogger Jamie Eyberg said...

It is good to hear good news on the publishing front as opposed to the gloom and doom that we have been subjected to lately.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Ditto what Jamie says.

2:32 PM  
Blogger ssas said...

I love the cover on Bateman's book. A car air freshener. Heh.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

I saw just saw the TV3 segment Dec Burke did with *ahem* Bateman on film adaptations/screenwriting. Interesting conversation.

Cool to hear/see them as opposed to read an interview - was wondering when it'll be your turn to be interviewed on TV3.

10:34 PM  

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