Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lots to catch up on

I'm way behind in posting news to you, and responding to comments -- a combination of post-travel discombobulation and working on finishing a book.

Which doesn't mean I'm short on news! It has been a great week! As some of you know, Kidnapped has been nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel, which will be voted on and given at Bouchercon. I know people joke about this, but really, it is an honor to be nominated, and this year I find myself in fine company. You can see the full list of nominees here.

The Summer 2007 issue of CLUES: A Journal of Detection is just out. Ed Gorman has posted some kind comments about my essay in it on his blog. I wrote about Charlotte Armstrong, and like Ed, I hope a small press will reissue some of her best books — she was a master of suspense.

Some of you have mentioned that it is now hard to find a photo of my dog Britches on my Web site. Cappy's on the cover of the books -- his one brown, one blue eye face always appeals to photographers more than Britches, who not only fails to sit still for them, he disappears into his own dark fur. So above, I've posted (or tried to -- Blogger seems not to be cooperating) a photo I took a while ago of him -- "helping" Tim to do a push-up.

More soon!


Elizabeth Foxwell said...

It's so nice to see Britches being helpful as usual... :-)

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Flight, the first of your books I*ve read.

I wanted to thank you. I am an optometrist with a sick wife and I get very little sleep at night. I read for escape and relaxation.
In Flight I was not aware of the author...that is, the story pulled me along with vivid scenes and wonderful characters and how true their feelings and actions are. If I am conscious of the author I either lose interest of fall asleep. Flight was great. I did not think of the author or fall asleep! I felt good after the read.

I want more and am looking forward to discovering other of your works.
Thanks again.

This needs no comment or reply.

Joe Joseph

Jan Burke said...

Dear Joe,

Notes like yours mean a great deal to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here.

All the best,

Anonymous said...

I know you hear this all the time but I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!! I accidentally started with Bloodlines, was totally hooked, made a trip to the library and am now reading the whole series in order. Irene Kelly is a great character although I wonder how many more books her body can take:). Again, your books are great. With the combination of mystery, suspense and cool animals, what more could a person ask for? Don't worry about answering this post, just keep writin'!

An avid reader, Linda B.

Jan Burke said...

Thank you, Linda! Appreciate this kind note!

I think if you like the animals in the Irene Kelly series, you'll enjoy meeting the dog in The Messenger.