I had a wonderful time at Bloody Scotland. Everyone did – it goes without saying. My report is a little later than others, so it could be included in the upcoming issue of ShinyNewBooks.co.uk. But for the few of you who haven’t come across the wonderful Shiny New Books, you will find my report on Stirling here. Do have a browse while you’re there – there’s lots of really good stuff on there.
Special thanks go to @KirstenInnes (who, incidentally, won The Guardian’s #NotTheBooker prize for her novel, Fishnet. It was up against some really tough competition, but considering so much of the voting is done by the paper’s readers, it feels more real than a lot of the big prizes.) She also managed to organise a ton of stuff for the Festival, and was an absolutely brilliant help to this first-time festival goer.
And very special thanks must go to @LenWanner (whose book, Tartan Noir, is The Bible or fans of the genre) and @EdJamesAuthor, also an accomplished crime writer, who took pity on a rather shy, lost crimeworm in the Stirling Highland Hotel, and later in the Curly Coo. (I’m not brilliant being around lots of people I don’t know…) Expect a review of books by both authors as soon as possible. It was lovely to meet authors Kati Hiekkapelto (@HiekkapeltoKati), @AnyaLipska, James Oswald (@SirBenfro), Mason Cross (@MasonCrossBooks), Neil White (@neilwhite1965), Steve Mosby (@stevemosby – dying to read his latest!) And the same to all of these authors re the books/review situation! Also, huge thanks to all the other authors – the list is ridiculously long, and some names have slipped my mind, blame Tennent’s Lager – who were so generous with their time, and, in many cases, their books too. It was also wonderful to put names to faces when it came to bloggers – although you need GPS to keep track of Liz of LizLovesBooks, I must say! Anyway, I had, as I say in my report, a wonderful time, and have already booked accommodation for 2016. And I hope to see you there!