Crime Scene June newsletter

Welcome to my second newsletter, bringing together more criminal goodies for the month of June. In this issue, we take a look at Glasgow crime writer C.S. Duffy, who has two crime fiction series for you to get stuck into. And we have a peek at some of the great events lined up in the Borders Book Festival, which is running a seriously impressive programme that includes plenty for crime fans.

But first of all, let’s say a MASSIVE congratulations to Sandstone Press, whose Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. It happened in May rather than June, and it’s not crime fiction, but this is such a huge achievement (for Sandstone, and also for Scottish publishing as a whole), we simply have to shout about it! Superb!

In the village of al-Awafi in Oman live three sisters. Mayya marries after a heartbreak. Asma marries from a sense of duty. Khawla rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. Elegantly structured, Celestial Bodies is the story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family’s losses and loves.

As always, I’m keen to hear what you think – let me know your thoughts on the newsletter, and if you want anything added into next month’s edition, drop me a line.

Until then, be as bad as you can be!

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