Burns Supper

unnamedOn Saturday night, I attended the Robert Burns dinner (complete with haggis!) at the home of my friend, the Scottish novelist Catriona McPherson. Also in attendance were the Davis, California authors Spring Warren and Eileen Rendahl. Grateful for the hospitality, I delivered a “poem to the lassies”:

To The Lassies
(The Robert Burns Dinner, January 23, 2016)

In olden days we men would
Drink and share a bonny haggis,
With n’are a lassie at the board
To quibble or to rag us.
And all, it seemed, was quite the way
The Lord ordained our meetings
With nothing like a lassie round
To hamper the proceedings.

Now, aye, we live in dif’rent times
Equality’s what matters.
There’s lassies left and lassies right
To share the drink and platters.
And can the Lord approve of
How they’ve come to share our table
With dress n’ae kilt and charms s’ae gilt,
In every way so able.

Alack, I say, the lassies here
Now add to every gather,
And brighten conversation
When we men all fall to blather.
And so we bless the lassies now,
Their presence sought and cherished,
For without an equal share to them
Our dreams must surely perish.

 

For more on Robert Burns Night, including recipes, please view this recent story in The Daily Telegraph.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a festive New Year! If you’re like me, you’re already looking forward to seeing what this upcoming year holds in store.

One event I’m particularly looking forward to is ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers, and my favorite convention for thriller writers and fans. Additionally, I was recently honored to learn that I’ve been selected to receive the 2016 Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers, for my philanthropic work.

The Silver Bullet Award was created by the International Thriller Writers in conjunction with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the pursuit of literacy and the love of reading. Past recipients include authors Sandra Brown, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, publisher Tom Doherty, actor Tony Plana, the Nestle Company, Capital One, and Macy’s.

I’ll receive the award on July 9th at ThrillerFest XI.

Speaking of which, it’s not too late to register for ThrillerFest!

ThrillerFest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction. The unique, popular, and rapidly expanding gathering was created in 2004 by successful, bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

Other special guests this year, along with yours truly, include Heather Graham (2016 ThrillerMaster), C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn, and Walter Mosley. I hope to see you there!

Happy New Year, and I wish you all a great 2016!

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

A new Sherlock Holmes Anthology is here! The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Edited and with an Introduction by Otto Penzler), A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, is now available for purchase. My story, The Adventure of The Giant Rat of Sumatra, which was selected as one of the Best American Mystery Stories when it first was published in 1998, appears in this volume as well.

For all of those readers who can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes — which seems to be almost everyone on the planet — this collection is a must have. And it’s just in time for Christmas! Enjoy!

Books To Read: “GIVE US THIS DAY” and “GUMSHOE”

Dear Readers and Friends —

One of the great pleasures of being an “established” writer is that I’m often afforded the opportunity to see books before they are published and appear in the marketplace. Publishers, agents, editors and authors themselves will send me copies of their books in the hopes that I’ll find something to like and will provide a short comment on my enthusiasm for the work. This is the famous “blurb.” And as I say, it is a joy when the stars align just right and I get to read a book that truly knocks me out! Well, in the past six months or so, I’ve come across two authors whose work really needs to reach a wider audience, and their new books, which I have blurbed, are both coming out in the next few weeks.

51OvuZWMhyLTom Avitabile (tough name, I can relate, it’s pronounced Ah-Vit-Ah-Bi-Lay) rolls out GIVE US THIS DAY on this very day, October 20. Here’s my blurb for Tom and his latest:

“The go-to guy for pure thriller reading pleasure, Tom Avitabile delivers with every word.”

 

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Rob Leininger has hit a home run with his new Private Eye novel, GUMSHOE, which comes out from Oceanview Press on November 3. Here’s what I have to say about it:

“GUMSHOE is by a large margin the best and most entertaining mystery I’ve read in at least the past couple of years. Ron Leininger captures the voice and heart of the classic PI mystery and manages to make it completely original at the same time. No small feat. And Mortimer Angel is my new favorite Private Eye.”

 
Other, mainstream reviews of both of these books can be found on all the usual book review websites and in some print media as well (Google them!), and if I’ve piqued your interest, as I hope I have, I urge you to read the other reviews and then order or pre-order your copy(ies) of these terrific reads. I promise, you’ll be glad you did.

All best, John Lescroart

IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Awarded Anthony Award for Best Anthology

517SMTMuduL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Over this past weekend, at the Bouchercon Mystery Convention, the short story collection entitled “IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” — Stories Inspired By The Holmes Canon (edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger) — won the prestigious Anthony Award for Best Anthology.  Among the sixteen stories featured in the anthology is my contribution, “Dunkirk,” as well as tales by Sara Paretsky, Jeffery Deaver, Cornelia Funke, Harlan Ellison, Gahan Wilson, Nancy Holder, Andrew Grant, Denise Hamilton, Michael Dirda, John Reppion & Leah Moore, Michael Sims, Laura Caldwell, and Michael Connelly.

You can purchase the anthology here!

Battle of the Books 2015

I’m looking forward to participating in this Battle of the Books, a night of team trivia for book lovers to benefit the Hattie Weber Museum Renovation Project! To participate, get a team of 3-5 of your friends and/or fellow readers together and sign up here. Your team will be tasked with reading the 5 books in the Battle of the Books (including THE FALL – see the full reading list below), and on October 15th you’ll meet with and be quizzed by myself and other local authors on our latest books!

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Visit the event website to check out the instructions for participation, sign your team up or find team members, and see more details about this exciting event. I hope to see you there!