In October I read and reviewed eight novels and one short story.
The very best reading experience was Ann Cleeves´ Red Bones.
Brian McGilloway´s Borderlands, Erin Kelly´s The Poison Tree, Tyler´s A Very Persistent Illusion and Ruth Newman´s Twisted Wing were also delicious reads each in their way. Amazing that three of these are debuts!
I haven´t written much, but it seems that The Cosy Knave is shaping up. My beta readers have been very helpful (and their judgments far more positive than I had expected at this stage). When it comes to my new work, The Halloween Murderer, I have the characters, the setting and a fairly detailed plot outline. I will have to research a few things once I get into the writing process, but I am not the type who reads long dissertations on superstition and witchcraft before I begin writing.
My challenges: I have finished three, and read thirteen of fourteen for the 2010 Global Reading Challenge. The last book should be on its way from the US.
Finally, October was the month when our Discount Noir anthology was published. The first reviews are already up. Cathryn, Kerrie, Amazon.
Tomorrow: a flash fiction story – a birthday present for Donna Moore.