Hold it right there

Via Bill Peschel:

I was just about to log off when I found this promise, highlighted in a post on Planet Peschel:

10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life – lifehack.org.

Definitely not a promise to ignore, I rushed straight on over to find out the answers. Well, it’s mostly good common sense, but what is conspicuously missing is how to turn the advice into reality. Oh well,  I’ll return to my imperfect existence, although there was a little glimmer of hope there, for a minute.

Book reviews as conversation

After writing quite a few posts over the past couple of days and messing about with the design of Petrona I don’t have a lot of time left over for writing posts today, so I will simply link here to a few I’ve recently read elsewhere that show the lovely "review-conversation" nature of blogging. Do visit the links provided and add your comments.

Uriah Robinson on Crime Scraps reviews Ruth Rendell’s End in Tears, and in addition discusses his reading history of Rendell’s series and how that might have been affected by the TV version.

Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders continues to review and discuss Colin Watson’s Flaxborough chronicles, this time, among other topics, the depiction of violence in crime fiction. As a postscript, Peter quotes Watson on Anthony Berkely Cox, who "had written in 1930 that the detective story was in the process of developing into the novel with a crime theme, `holding its readers less by mathematical than by psychological ties.’ "  "That seems an astonishingly prescient statement", writes Peter. Quite so.

Karen at Euro Crime has updated the website’s awards page so that all the current Duncan Lawrie dagger shortlisted books are on one page, with links to their reviews on Euro Crime. You can visit the link at the start of this paragraph to add your own views of the shortlist, either what is on it or what isn’t but should be (Susan Hill has elsewhere written about how cross she is about the lack of inclusion of The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam.) Karen provides here a list of translated, eligible crime novels that could and/or should have been considered for the "international" category.