Be Still, My Swollen Head

Right now, there are days when it’s difficult to keep my head down and writing. It feels like there’s an odd buzzing in my ears. Less than a week after Death Was the Other Woman’s publication date, and reviews are starting to stream across my desk with some regularity. And some of these words could turn a girl’s head in she weren’t careful. This, for instance, from Bookloons:
Stylish and edgy, Death Was the Other Woman has everything an old-school mystery fanatic could want in a good, old-fashioned mystery: an intriguing plot with more twists and turns than a canyon road in the Hollywood Hills, a cast of quirky characters and a stunning new protagonist in Katherine Pangborn, fiendishly scintillating crimes with double-crossers who get double-crossed (and murdered), and tons of page-turner fun. The bottom line is this: Death Was the Other Woman is an absolute winner. Don’t miss it!
There’s more of this enthusiastic review, and it’s here.

Last weekend, Adam Woog at The Seattle Times included Death Was the Other Woman in his “Scene of the Crime” column. “For something really snappy,” writes Woog, “a dandy, old-school hard-boiled detective story, told from the point of view of a tough PI's equally tough secretary -- go no further than Linda L. Richards’ Death Was the Other Woman.”

Though the words themselves are swell, in this instance, I was most impressed by the company in which I found myself: in the same column Woog also writes about Laurie R. King’s dazzling new Touchstone, James Sallis’ delicately wrought Salt River and Joseph Weisberg’s audacious Ordinary Spy.

You can read Woog’s column here.

In the January issue of Romantic Times, Shari Malnick said, “Richards’ hardcover debut transports readers back in time to Depression-era Los Angeles …. Katherine (Kitty) Pangborn is a fabulous heroine, whose intelligence and ingenuity are a perfect foil for her detective boss’s tenacity and brooding nature.”

This review is not online as I write this, but will be in the next few weeks. When it is, you’ll be able to see it here.

And last but so not least, I’m late for lunch at Evil E’s very busy and ambitious blog. In the same… er… issue, Evil E roasts Louise Ure just as the The Fault Tree is finding its way to stores. Evil E is helped in this mission by Nick Stone, Zoe Sharp, David Montgomery, Jason Starr, Alison Brennan, Ken Bruen and Ali Karim.

I’m not making any of this up. If you want to see for yourself, it’s here.


Clea Simon said…
very cool all around! Huzzah!

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