For anyone who enjoys mystery short stories, the publication of an anthology of them is good news. If you’re an author lucky enough to have a story included in the collection, it’s wonderful.
GUILTY CONSCIENCES published by Severn House has just come out in the UK. (The US will be getting it in January 2012.) It contains 17 stories by members of Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. One of them is mine.
So I’m happy…no, that doesn’t really cover it. I’m over the moon… chuffed to little mint-balls. And proud to find my tale in really excellent company.
The clever cover design shows you all our surnames, and the stories are, I’m sure, as varied as the contributors. I say “I’m sure” because the book is so new I haven’t read more than a couple of them yet. But the editor, Martin Edwards, has masterminded several of these CWA collections – it’s an annual production – and he always chooses a mixture, so there’s something there for every reader. Here’s what the publishers’ blurb has to say:
”A woman mislays her new husband . . . the lure of notoriety proves too tempting for a small-time antiques thief . . . A butler keeps a close eye on a beautiful chambermaid with a surprising secret . . .”
My story, ALL THAT GLISTERS, is set in the business jungle of present-day London. But there’s an important historical element, a gold treasure that…no, I can’t say too much here without committing a spoiler.
And just for once, I can give a categorical answer to the question I was pondering last week: where do my ideas come from? I got the idea for ALL THAT GLISTERS when I was fascinated to read about a real and remarkable gold artefact, two thousand-ish years old, in a museum in Ireland. Some day I intend to go and see it. Meanwhile I can pay homage to it in a small way by including a fictitious item based on the real one. And much as I admire ancient golden treasures, speaking as a crimewriter the more rare and beautiful something is, the more likely it is to bring out the worst in people.
Find out more about the book on the Crime Writers’ Association website, http://thecwa.co.uk/. Order it from Amazon or of course from your favourite bookshop (it may help them if you quote the ISBN 978-0-7278-8024-6).