Edgar Award festivities are coming up in May, and there's still time to register for associated events, including the 2013 Edgar Week Symposium on May 1, featuring authors and agents talking about the craft and business of writing crime fiction. That same evening, there is an Agents & Editors Cocktail Party, limited to the first 175 registrants (who must also be members of Mystery Writers of America). Plus, the 2013 Edgar Banquet will be on Thursday, May 2nd at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, emceed by current MWA president, Charlaine Harris.
I received a note from Mike Ripley, the series editor of Ostara Crime, with news that the first three titles in the Ostara Crime imprint for 2013 are all by award-winning author Janet Neel (a/k/a Baroness Cohen of Pimlico). The three books, featuring her series characters police detective John McLeish and high-flying civil servant Francesca Wilson, were originally published between 1988 and 1993 and include Death’s Bright Angel, Death of A Partner and Death Among the Dons.
The Tucson Festival of Books coming up March 9-10 has an impressive roster of crime fiction authors schedule to appear, from Nevada Barr through Robert Crais, Hilary Davidson, Craig Johnson, T. Jefferson Parker and on down the alphabet to Jeri Westerson and Simon Wood. For specific events, places and times, the conference has a handy search feature.
Most of us won't be able to travel to London to see the A-Z of Crime Fiction Exhibition at the British Library, but the exhibit has a Pinterest page with a few snippets you can enjoy online.
The Q&A roundup this week includes One Minute With: Stuart MacBride, crime writer, for The Independent; and Scene of the Crime chats with author Imogen Robertson about her cozy series featuring Harriet Westerman, mistress of Caveley Park manor, and anatomist Gabriel Crowther, set in 1780s West Sussex, England.
Agatha Christie, spy? The Guardian notes the author was investigated by intelligence chiefs at MI5 who feared that Christie had a spy in Britain's top-secret codebreaking center Bletchley Park during World War II.
In a move Sherlock Holmes would find fascinating, Leslie Klinger, author, editor and Sherlock Holmes expert and movie advisor, has sued the Arthur Conan Doyle estate. The lawsuit asserts that most aspects of the Holmes series are in the public domain and recent attempts by the estate to exert copyrights over various Holmes books and movies are illegal.