VJ Books has received: Keith Thomson – Once a Spy, Ted Bell – Time Pirate, Christopher Farnsworth – Blood Oath, Brunonia Barry – The Map of True Places, Matt Hilton – Slash and Burn (UK), Lee Child – 61 Hours (UK), Alexander McCall Smith – The Double Comfort Safari Club, and Carol Higgins Clark – Wrecked.
Posts Tagged Alexander McCall Smith
Every Sunday night, a growing number of TV viewers are following the daring adventures of Precious Ramotswe, Alexander McCall Smith’s indomitable protagonist of his #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and now the starof HBO’s ongoing series. The pilot, which debuted on the BBC in 2008, was the last film directed by Anthony Minghella and was produced by the late Sydney Pollack. Playing Mma Ramotswe is Jill Scott, the R & B singer/songwriter who has won three Grammy Awards since 2005, branchingout into acting with 2007’s Hounddog. Other regulars include Broadway and movie up-and-coming performer Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).
(Publisher’s Weekly, June 1)
(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar. 9)
Once again, Precious Ramotswe uses her insights into human nature to unravel problems big and small in Smith‘s charming 10th novel to feature Botswana’s No. 1 lady detective (after The Miracle at Speedy Motors). Leungo Molofololo, the owner of the Kalahari Swoopers, a local soccer team with a lot of athletic talent, suspects a traitor on the squad is deliberately sabotaging games for an unknown reason. Despite her complete ignorance of the sport, Mma Ramotswe agrees to look into the matter. She and her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, attend a match and begin interviewing the players in an effort to solve what amounts to the book’s main mystery. The soccer inquiry, though, is secondary to a major event in Mma Ramotswe’s life—the impending demise of the little white van she’s used for many years that’s much more than a machine to her. Fans can look forward to the debut of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency on HBO on March 29. (Apr.)
(nzherald.co.nz, Jan 09, Nicky Pellegrino)
When writing about the year ahead it seems almost mandatory to be all doom and economic gloom, but for book lovers at least, 2009 holds plenty of promise – new authors to discover, new releases from well- loved writers and a publishing industry that is as vibrant as it’s ever been.
First, let’s get the shameless self-promotion out the way. My own new novel, The Italian Wedding (Orion) is released here in April (two months before the UK gets it) and is a story about food, feuds and discovering who your parents really are. Naturally, highly recommend it!
Most publishing companies encourage their big-name authors to release a book each year so I can expect some stiff competition on the shop shelves. For instance Jodi Picoult’s next blockbuster also lands in April. Handle With Care is the story of a child born with brittle bone disease whose mother decides to file a wrongful birth lawsuit against the obstetrician who also happens to be her best friend.
Crime/thriller writers tend to be especially prolific for some reason. Michael Connelly has two new titles on offer this year as do Janet Evanovich, Jonathan Kellerman and Ian Rankin, who will be introducing
readers to a brand new series to replace the retired Rebus.
There will also be offerings from all the usual suspects: John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver … and a book called Dead Man’s Dust about a vigilante hero from newcomer Matt Hilton, who’s being heralded as the next big (more…)