Michael Walters on reading crime fiction

Michael Walters, author of the excellent Mongolian series of police-procedural thrillers, has a blog but in my opinion does not blog enough. He's been rectifying that recently, though, with some great posts on what he's been reading and associated thinking over the past year.

Part 1: on the financial crisis, reading habits and a bit about crime fiction.

Part 2: Child 44 (Tom Rob Smith);The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) and more.

Part 3: The Fabric of Sin (Phil Rickman); Bruno, Chief of Police (Martin Walker); and the Bethlehem Murders (Matt Rees).

Part 4: A Cure for All Diseases (Reginald Hill); Savage Moon (Chris Simms); Nemesis (Jo Nesbo); Have Mercy on us All (Fred Vargas).

Michael's blog provides a nice balance between updates about his books, his writing and snippets of news from Mongolia. Apart from that, it has an engaging tone, and Michael is extremely generous about replying to people who comment. I think it is an unusually interesting author blog: many authors make the mistake of thinking they need to overtly promote their books on their blogs, which makes them not interesting. Michael provides some information about his books and the writing process, which gives readers a sense of the inside story, yet also he writes thoughtfully about wider issues – his reading, as well as various unusual eccentricities (if that word is acceptable) about Mongolia. However, he has not picked up on one particular Mongolian-related credit crunch fallout: Mrs Crime Scraps's upcoming holiday in a Yurt on Bodmin Moor, while Mr Crime Scraps and Master Crime Scraps take refuge in the pub!

The Outcast reviewed: Michael's latest book.

Michael Walters on Euro Crime.