Firstly to warn any of you who were preparing to come to the Crime Reader’s Day at the Central Library in Nottingham on November 30th, building work means that date has been postponed until Wednesday, 2nd March. Having been forced to pull out of the International Quais du Polar Festival in Lyons a few years back due to losing my voice (can you imagine?), it looks as if, larynx willing, I shall be there in 2011, between 25th – 27th April. Details of these events are on the blog – http://mellotone70up.wordpress.com/appearances-events/ – and will be updated when more details come to hand.

Also on the blog is information about Following the Detectives: Real Locations in Crime Fiction, a handsome book edited by Maxim Jakubowski, and copiously illustrated with maps and photographs, giving the lowdown on close to 20 crime settings, including Mankel’s Sweden, Rankin’s Edinburgh, Hammett’s San Francisco and, of course, Charlie Resnick’s Nottingham. A nice Christmas present for someone, especially as Amazon seem to be offering it currently at half-price.

More about Resnick and Nottingham can be found in a recent interview on J. Sydney Jones’ rather fine Scene of Crime blog here … I commend it to your attention.

And finally to say how thrilled I was at the treatment my French publisher, Rivages, have given to Cold in Hand. Complete with a handsome red bandeau proclaiming Le Retour de Charlie Resnick, it sports one of the most striking covers I have seen in a long time.

Let’s hope for a kind winter …

John Harvey

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