I spent a few hours at the third and final day of the London Book Fair, with Karen of Eurocrime and CrimeFictionReader of It's a Crime. Not only was it an opportunity to catch up with two of my favourite bloggers and hear about all the crime-fiction news (Karen and CFR are veritable mines of information), but it was also a chance to see some of the books that will be (potentially) gracing our shelves in the next few months. Bearing in mind the quantity lined up already for my eyes to be shifting over during the next few years given the collection I already have, I tried to be ruthless with myself about what I picked up. I have to say that Karen and CFR applied marginally less strict criteria – I trust they managed to stagger home unaided with their sacks of spoils. My own acquisitions are pictured: one book (clue: the translation) is from Karen herself and another was very kindly given to me by the publisher Simon & Schuster for my elder daughter, who numbers Philippa Gregory among her favourite authors. I have to confess to buying Emma Darwin's A Secret Alchemy the other day on this week's "buy a book with The Times for £2.99 from W H Smith" offer, so Cathy will have an interesting comparison of perspectives on Elizabeth Woodville (the cover of the proof of The White Queen, black with a red rose on one cover and a white one on the other, is much nicer than what seems to be the image on the book itself, published in the UK in September). The rest of my little collection will keep me very happy, thanks to Karen and the generous publishers at Quercus and Macmillan.