May 2021: Award news, Hell and Gone release date

Award News
Never Going Back won the Crime Writers of Canada award for Best Novella! It’s a real honor, and congrats to the other winners and nominees. This year was really strong for Canadian crime fiction and nonfiction. A couple of my favorites: Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kamal, Obsidian by Thomas King, and Blood in the Water by Silver Donald Cameron.
Wakeland News
    Hell and Gone has a (tentative) release date of October 23rd! This is the book I’m most proud of, full stop. It hasn’t been easy getting here. Next month I’ll have a trailer and preorder link to share. Very exciting!
Mystery Writing Mastery News
I’ve been updating my Mystery Writing Mastery YouTube channel regularly. This week’s video is a curious one: a walk-through of a grow-op. This was footage I shot over a decade ago. 
After my grandparents died, my uncle rented their house to someone who turned out to be a front for a grow-op operation. They gutted the house, posted guards and guard dogs inside, and installed insulation, ventilation, and shelves of pot plants. The place was raided by police, the door knocked in, and eventually the property was turned back over to us to deal with the destruction. I shot this as we were starting cleanup.
You can check out the video on the Mystery Writing Mastery YouTube channel, and please remember to sign up. 

Other Stuff
Carly and I have been rewatching The Wire. I know it’s never been a popular show among left-leaning TV viewers, but I think it’s quite good. We’ve also been tuning in every Sunday to follow Mare of Eastown, which has much more good than bad. Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce are great, and were even better in Mildred Pierce, a very faithful and well-shot adaptation of James M. Cain’s brilliant (and kind of underrated) social novel. 
Currently reading Death Money by Henry Chang and Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui, both excellent so far, and just finished Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
Thanks for reading! Make sure to get your vaccination so you can survive and read books. 


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