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Subject: heard Peter Robinson last evening
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:38 PM ET
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Last evening our library system honored all the volunteers with a reception and the guest author who spoke was Peter Robinson - a first for here. We almost never have a mystery writer, at least not in my memory. He was somewhat intersting. I think he must have been told to focus on how and why he became a mystery writer because that was what he focused on. His accent was a little off-setting at times. He lives part of the time in England and part of the time in Canada. Two things I think I understood correctly, but I'll check with the others who were also there - England has a strange system for paying its authors. Does anyone else know about this? And the other thing he mentioned is that there is only one bookstore chain now in Canada. Anyone heard of that? I was hoping he would say more about Insp. Banks but he didn't. He seemed to favor "In a Dry Season" as one of his favorites. Not many questions were asked about Banks or his current book. He did talk about how he usually has two diffent time eras going in his books. He app. like to use that. I think he would probably be more interestin g in a small group. He does seem to have a sense of humor which was seen somewhat when he spoke without his notes. Has anyone else heard him speak?

 

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 7:02 PM ET
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Haven't heard him speak, but I do love his books!

Subject: Robinson's new book
Date Posted: 4/18/2008 6:12 PM ET
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I posted "Friend of the Devil" last nite - I bought it in England last September and the ISBN doesn't match any of those on the wish list.  I think it's just because it's a UK publisher.  It's a good Banks and Annie one - I'm surprised no one has requested it yet since it just came out in paperback in the USA recently.  Thought you might be interested.  He and Stephen Booth are two of my favorite British mystery writers.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Thank you, Betty, for letting me know about this book. I just ordered it from you. I, also, have purchased books from the UK that the FOL store where I volunteer has had. Sometimes they are copies of ones that we can't get here. Again, thank you.