August should be a time of reorganization and contemplation, but this year there seems to projects in front of me. My book Always Pack a Candle published by Heritage House in Victoria has been on the BC Bestsellers’ List for twelve weeks, floated up to number three position and is now at number five! I made an effort to be modest about it but failed. I am absolutely thrilled.

I have a book launch at the library in my hometown of Gibson’s September 18th at 2 p.m.. We Were going to have a cake—Black Forest was the most popular cake in the 60s—and throw the doors open for a party, but the Delta variant of Covid put a stop to that. Now, eight live, masked, vaccinated bodies can join me at the library and the rest of you enthusiastic folk can join us on Zoom for a big screen, interactive attempt at a launch party. No cake. Still, I expect it will be quite lively and I’m looking forward to it. I hope people bring their own stories about their working life. I have received so many wonderful emails from readers who understand what it was like to work in those days in such isolation and such independence.

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Perils in Yorkshire is to be released October of this year. The advance copies came this week and Publishers Weekly reviewed it. I am not delighted with the review, but cozy mysteries have a hard time getting reviewed at all so I am pleased to have the book noticed by such a prestigious site.

Danger in Edinburgh is at the publishers and due out October 2022.

The fifth book which takes place in Kent and which doesn’t have a name yet is on my computer with the first chapter completed. I need to get the plot in a logical order. Then I will begin to develop the characters, although it seems they develop alongside the plot. It always seems to me that I’m going to meet new people when I start a new book with new characters. They come like friends or in the case of the villain like an enemy but they become almost real. I enjoy their foibles and their uniqueness. The development of a story requires a lot of energy from me so it ought to be a hectic month. I put a deposit on a trip to Kent and the Cotswolds scheduled for May of 2022. Let’s hope travel is possible then. 

All the best to you all. I’ll put another notice out just before the launch as I hope I can connect with many of you then.


Topic: Always Pack a Candle with Author Marion McKinnon Crook
Time: Sep 18, 2021 02:00 PM Vancouver

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