On the trail of John Connolly’s superb fictional detective, Charlie Parker, in the equally superb, real-life Portland, Maine

The Great Lost Bear, Mug (on my bookshelf)Portland, Maine, tucked away in the northeast corner of the US, is the real-world home to the fictional private investigator, Charlie Parker, the outstanding creation of Dublin born writer, John Connolly. A recent business trip took me to Portland and I was determined, in the short time I had available, to explore something of the home of the greatest detective in contemporary fiction.
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The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly

Wolf in Winter - Available from AmazonThe Independent on Sunday described John Connolly’s Charlie Parker crime thrillers as “the finest crime series currently in existence” and they’re not wrong. Since John published Every Dead Thing in 1999 he has consistently been at the top of the Sunday Times bestsellers list. He is also the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award. The latest is The Wolf in Winter, the twelfth in the highly acclaimed Charlie Parker series, which was released in the UK in April 2014.  Continue reading “The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly”

Books to Die For – Launch at Foyles, London

As the title page has it, Books to Die For is “The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels”.

This book is a wonderfully in-depth look at some of the world’s greatest mystery writing, which includes contributions that range from an appreciation by J Wallis Martin of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Dupin Stories, published in 1841, to Mark Gimenez’s 2008 book The Perk, contributed by Anne Perry, and as such is an invaluable guide to anyone keen to know where their reading glasses should be pointed next.

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