Saturday, May 12, 2018

It's What Time?


Yep, that was my reaction a few moments ago when I realized I have a blog post due up in 120 minutes.

You see, I’m leaving Sunday for CrimeFest in Bristol (UK), where I’ll be hanging out with many of our MIE crew for a week, before heading on to Mykonos until the end of October.  Needless to say, I’m way behind in packing, and even more so in checking off all the tasks on my To Do Before Launch list.

All of which is my way of saying that what you’re about to read was written by someone else. But it is relevant to my upcoming travels because, in a piece written Thursday by Lizzie Hayes for her Promoting Crime Fiction blog, she describes the panel I’ll be moderating at CrimeFest next Friday.  It’s titled “Power, Corruption and Greed”—same as the name of the panel--and focuses on the impressive array of authors I’m honored to host, namely, Jeff Dowson, Thomas Enger, Abir Mukherjee and Abi Silver.

The only part of the blog I’ve eliminated is the bit about me as their moderator. I think you already have more than enough info on that topic.

I do have a bit of personal prose to contribute.  It’s a heartfelt wish for everyone who has or is one: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

Please take it away Lizzie…

Power, Corruption and Greed
Friday, 18 May 2018
Panel 12:30 - 13:20
Join the panel as they discuss Power, Corruption and Greed: Just another day at the office?

Jeff Dowson began his career working in the theatre as an actor   From there he moved into television as an independent writer/producer/director. Screen credits include arts series, entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama series and TV films. Turning crime novelist in 2014, he introduced Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd in Closing the Distance.  The second thriller, Changing the Odds, was published the following year.  Cloning the Hate is the latest in the series. He is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers Association, and a director.

Thomas Enger born 1973 is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndod) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned was the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo's underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). His latest book Killed was published in February 2018. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he's been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and is the first in a new series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Abi Silver grew up with a house full of books and was inspired from an early age to believe she could join the ranks of her heroes.  Abi accepts that she probably could not have produced The Pinocchio Brief without her experience as a lawyer to guide her along the way.  She says being a lawyer is just like being a detective, often required to construct the whole jigsaw puzzle of a client’s case from its constituent pieces.  Also, being a good judge of character too; the motivation behind people’s actions (which must be gleaned from their words and conduct) is key to understanding what really happened and why. Abi read Law at Girton College Cambridge before wanderlust sent her off travelling through Asia, Australia and South America as a student.  She also lived overseas in Israel for 5 years. Abi now lives in Radlett, Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons.  Her latest book is The Aladdin Trial

Now back to choosing the right socks to pack.


Jeff’s Upcoming Events

Friday, May 18 @ 12:30 PM

Bristol, UK
Moderating Panel titled, “Power, Corruption and Greed—Just Another Day at the Office,” with panelists Jeff Dowson, Thomas Enger, Abir Mukherjee, and Abi Silver.

Saturday, May 19 @ 3:20 PM
Bristol, UK
Participating in Panel moderated by our Michael Sears titled, “Getting Personal—Private Lives of Characters,” with co-panelists Kjell Ola Dahl, Mari Hannah, and Priscilla Masters.


  1. There are crimes waiting to be solved by Kaldis and Crew - about time you get back here and put him to work! Safe travels and enjoy your crimefest. J and J

    1. Thanks J&J. Yep, he’s been goofing off long enough. The trouble picking which of the many spots need him most!