Launch with Leigh – Journey To Death

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So back in September we had #TeaWithLeigh, where a few of us bloggers got to sit around, drink champagne and talk all things Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson.

This time around the character up for discussion was Lucy Hall, and not being one to do things by halves Leigh had several events to celebrate the launch of Journey To Death. Her soirée at The Sherlock Holmes Hotel on Baker Street London was the one I was lucky enough to be invited to attend.

It was a fabulous event and there was a great buzz to the whole evening with everyone there to celebrate everything Lucy Hall.

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Cutest most delicious burgers ever!

There was of course wine, but not only that there was some great food too with delicious canapés abound although my favourites, by far, were the mini burgers.

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Sue, Leigh & Me

There was some great company, (yes I know that’s me), but I also got to meet up with some fellow bloggers and writers, many of which were already known to me, but equally and delightfully almost as many who weren’t.  My address book and follow lists have increased to include the intriguing new contacts I made that I look forward to hearing from in the future.

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Leigh with The Seychelles Minister for Tourism & Culture

On top of that was an amazing guest, the Minister of Tourism & Culture for The Seychelles, who having made a special journey in for the event, gave a great speech and made sure that all of us who want to travel to The Seychelles after reading Journey To Death, now know exactly how friendly the local sharks are.

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And of course there was a fantastic cake, because it’s not an event until there is cake.

Above all the whole evening was one huge success, and I am grateful to Leigh for the invite, it was well worth the effort of a six hour round trip coach ride to attend.

Oh and speaking of coaches, I did at least make it back in time for mine.

Just.

 

 

Dagger In The Library Long List Announced

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And the nominees are…….

MC Beaton (Constable & Robinson)
Tony Black (Black and White Publishing)
Sharon Bolton (Transworld Publishers)
Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Mari Hannah (Pan)
James Oswald (Michael Joseph)
Phil Rickman (Corvus)
Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
Mel Sherratt (Thomas & Mercer)
Neil White (Sphere)

 

1,384 people voted for 636 different authors, resulting in a huge variety of crime writing styles being highlighted this year.  I know who I would like to see picking up the award this year.  How about you?