Free book

Would anyone like a free copy of "Death’s Little Helpers" by Peter Spiegelman? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll send one to you — first come, first served. (I’ll email you in response to your comment to ask you for your postal address.)

Peter Spiegelman’s first book, Black Maps, is an excellent crime fiction novel featuring ex-policeman-turned private detective John March. So good that I purchased his second and, as I thought, third books from Amazon in the same batch. It turned out, however, that Death’s Little Helpers and No Way Home are the same book. My loss is your gain, so please let me know if you’d like a copy.

I think it is a very poor show for a publisher to give a book a different title for the US and UK editions, and not make it clear on Amazon or other websites that the book is the same. If publishers don’t avail themselves of the Amazon "search inside" facility, and most don’t, or add a note to the customer review section, readers are likely to be misled, as I was.

Shameless self-promotion

Just before I went on holiday, John Baker posted my answers to his "five questions" series.

A while back, John sent me the questions and I answered them. After a time I saw that he’d started publishing bloggers’ answers. I had not appreciated the scale of his endeavour. Of course the responses, as they were published, all seemed very witty and erudite, so I inwardly cringed at what I’d written.

So long elapsed between me answering the questions and him posting them that I assumed I’ d been rejected. (Don’t forget I work for a journal with a 95 per cent rejection rate, so it is in my blood, not merely personal insecurity.) I was quite relieved.

Some time later I received a message from Debra, who had read my answers, my heart sank. My response had been published. I’d completely forgotten what I’d replied, but vaguely remembered it was very silly. (That question about what makes me laugh really threw me.)

Anyway, it didn’t look too bad. And although it is ages ago now, do take a look. And if you like it, read the others in the series, many of them are very interesting, and have introduced me to previously unknown blogs.

John Baker’s blog (Petrona section).