27 November 2010

Book Savvy Spotlight on Julius Falconer

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Julius Falconer, a retired teacher and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He writes detective stories that are clever, witty, erudite and stylish. The novels are a genuinely refreshing approach to good old murder mystery, a new style of penmanship for the hardened mystery fan.
Enjoy the interview.
Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book (The Spider's Banquet) featured in the of Book Savvy Newsletter?
A valuable mediaeval manuscript is kept, unknown except to a few scholars, in an isolated monastery, until, in a bewildering sequence of events, it is copied, sold and stolen - not necessarily in that order - and the focus of deaths. Real history is interwoven with fiction as the detectives seek to unravel the web of deceit and murder and to identify the spider at its centre. (The title is a reference to Roussel's ballet of 1913, but its relevance becomes properly apparent only at the end of the novel.)

Q2: When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
Not an emotion so much as an intellectual stimulation: joy in the things of the mind!

Q3: Many of the book reviews for your novel have described it as enthralling, intriguing, full of suspense as well as entertaining and even erudite, how do you manage to combine all these virtues in a detective crime novel?
I try not just to tell a story but to embellish it with outside references intended to set up resonances and provide interest for the reader. I make sure I check that there is a proper balance between developing particular points and moving the story forward with a variety of styles (e.g. narrative, conversation, authorial commentary) and changes of scene where appropriate. I also try to appeal to readers' interest in forensic detail, in the psychology of murder, in the breaking of alibis, in 'thrills' and in the more intellectual aspects of the genre. I give the reader a chance of solving the crime. I use a style of English that I think will gain and hold the reader's attention.

20 November 2010

Sharks That Walk On Land - An authentic account

Ron Palmer releases a superbly written historical fiction based on an authentic account of the events leading up to the tragic death of Captain James Cook.

It is February 1779; Captain James Cook is on his last voyage to the Pacific. This is a fascinating fictionalised account of the sad events leading up to the demise of James Cook. Although written as a novel the content has been thoroughly researched from the officers journals of Cook's last voyage of discovery to the Pacific, and in this respect is an authentic account of the events leading up to his tragic death at the hands of the Hawaiians.

Find out more…Sharks That Walk On Land 

Sail with Captain Cook in this rousing sea adventure novel.

“An exceptionally well-crafted historical novel,
beautifully written"
…publishedbestsellers.com

An unforgettable trip to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize

Author and Travel writer, Valerie Astill releases an insightful new book based on her unforgettable trip and adventures to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

This fascinating trip consisted of so much more than learning about ancient civilisations such as the Aztecs, Zapotecs and Mayans and visiting the remains of their once great cities. Whether travelling by coach, visiting a remote site by five-seater aeroplane or travelling upriver by boat, the journey itself was part of the adventure.

However, it was the discovery that many Indians still practised ancient customs, plus unexpected events such as an erupting volcano, falling rocks and animals invading the bedroom at night, that made this journey through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize so memorable.


"...An insightful account for the discerning traveller.” 
…publishedbestsellers.com