There is nothing better for a writer than spending a week-end chatting about books with other writers and readers. I have just returned home from this year’s Deadly Ink conference. When I organize my thoughts and download my photos, I’ll probably post a blog about the events of the week-end, of the talented authors, the thought-provoking panels, about the fun of being part of the mystery-writing community. For now, I need to tell you about one particular highlight. One of the talented authors that I see much too infrequently is Steve Rigolosi. Last night at dinner, Steve showed me a scene in his new book, The Outsmarting of Criminals.
I haven’t quite wrapped my head around the scene that unfolds on pp 63-64 of Steve’s new book. I hope Steve won’t mind if I share an excerpt here.
“Miss Prim stopped to gaze in the windows of the local bookshop, Cambria and Calibri. To the left of the door a dozen mystery novels with brightly colored jackets featured prominently under a sign reading CRAPPY MYSTERIES BY PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T WRITTEN A GOOD BOOK IN YEARS. In the window to the right of the door was a sign reading REALLY GOOD MYSTERIES BY WRITERS YOU SHOULD READ: WHY AREN’T THESE PEOPLE ON THE BEST-SELLER LIST? Nicely displayed under the sign were books by Wallace Stroby, Karin Fossum, Brian Freeman, Jeff Markowitz, Sandra Carey Cody, C. Solimini, D.J. McIntosh, Robin Spano and Dennis Tafoya.
I like this bookstore already, Miss Prim thought.”
(from The Outsmarting of Criminals, pp. 63-64, by Steve Rigolosi, published by Ransom Note Press).
So do I.
If you enjoy a good cozy mystery, pick up a copy of The Outsmarting of Criminals. You won’t be disappointed.