There was a crime spree in Ottawa this week! That's the good news out of the capital city.
It started on Tuesday night with the launch of C.B. Forrest's third Charlie McKelvey novel, The Devil's Dust. Sadly, it's the last in the series but what a send-off it got! And just in case anyone in the room was thinking of leaving before buying a
copy (not really likely), the passage read from it had the line-ups forming at the selling table.
The following night, Capital Crime Writers held the final meeting before the summer hiatus, at Collected Works bookstore. The results of the Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest were announced -- honourable mentions, runners-up and a winner -- and then the crowd was treated to readings by these delightful new authors. Other members were then invited to read from works in progress.
My impression is that the business of crime writing is alive and well. I'm sure this can be said in many cities across the country -- established authors launching new books; new writers testing the waters. The future looks bright, if we can find the markets for these talented purveyors of crime.
And, fingers crossed that C.B. Forrest continues on a journey of crime!
Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
A KILLER READ
Berkley Prime Crime, now available
READ & BURIED, coming Dec., 2012