Archive for May 4, 2008


Just a reminder that entry to the Quirky Quiz closes on Tuesday 6 May. I must have made the questions harder this time as so far the leading entry has only scored 5/10.

I must admit going over the questions again that was a very creditable performance.

The answers will be posted over the next two weeks therefore you can still test yourself even after Tuesday.

The questions can be found here.


Posted: May 4, 2008 in Uncategorized


Thanks to Kind Karen of Euro Crime I am reading [just started] The Paper Moon by Andrea Camilleri.
Next up will be Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death which was the first novel with a medieval setting to win the Crime Writer’s Association Ellis Peters Historical Award.
‘Started in 1999 as the Historical Dagger, in memory of Ellis Peters, author of the medieval Brother Cadfael series, this award is sponsored by the Estate of Ellis Peters and her publishers – Headline and Little Brown. The award, £3,000 (about $5,900/€4,000) and an ornamental dagger is presented to a novel with a crime theme and a historical background of any period up to the 1960s. The judging panel is made up out of the most recent winner, as well as reviewers and historians. In 2006 this was renamed the Ellis Peters Award, and is now awarded in the autumn.’ [From the CWA website]
I do find it rather depressing that the period up to the 1960s now count as historical but I suppose the outside lavatories and miniscule TV screens of my childhood seem almost as far away to young people as the age of Brother Cadfael.