The Good Riddance Project

It was a dark and stormy night – and I set out to write a chapter or two for the third Faukon Abbey mystery, except, it didn’t turn out that way. The result is “The Good Riddance Project” A Project Management Mystery. It’s a novella, and if you ever have done a project, then this one is for you. It’s a tongue-in-cheek mystery about a project manager who has issues with his wife…. 🙂 It’s now available on amazon for 99cents.

About good books and wine, or is it whine?

Getting philosophical here…

It is said that good books are like wine, more you enjoy them better you appreciate them, the classics be it wine or books are good. The thing I’m concerned about now has to do with both wine and books and I do enjoy both.
When I was growing up, I went to the library, couldn’t afford to buy books. The smaller libraries I went to, their main distinction was fiction – non-fiction. So I browsed through the fiction shelves, pulled out a book here and there. I wasn’t concerned what genre it was. I read it, liked it more often than not, and returned it.
When I got older, and it came to wine, I didn’t really have any particular idea about it. I liked red wine with food, white wine too, especially with fish, and rose well, that was good with just about anything in the summer. But that was it. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about the grapes involved, and frankly I didn’t care. If the Chateau X wine tasted good, that’s what I bought the next time. But if the wine I liked had more Cabernet than Merlot, or if the rose was made with Grenache or Syrah, it didn’t really matter to me. I cared about the taste, and if the wine went well with the purpose, food or just being a nice “chatty” wine to enjoy in a mellow summer evening.

Now, thanks to Amazon and books, we have this micromanagement of genres. I understand it’s impossible to browse among the shelves like I used to but I’m not sure if pigeonholing a book in a every kind of a genre is good for the reader or the author. Take mysteries, a genre I thought I knew something about. I’ve read thousands of mysteries over the years. I like the puzzle, the use of my “little gray cells” to try to solve the murder. But it’s a bit annoying to  find, that in the top 20 category Mystery/British Detectives, the number one book is “Murder Out of Turn” which is set entirely in New York. Louise Penny’s books (number 4 and 15) are set in Quebec in Canada and Lee Childs’ two books (16 and 20) set mostly in the USA. Mind you, I’m not saying anything about these books. Personally, I really like Louise Penny’s books, the way she writes about Quebec city in the middle of the winter makes me want to move there. And Lee Child’s books are good too. But, these books do NOT have British Detectives.

Same thing with wine. Nowadays, if I want to find a wine which would be a nice chatty wine to go with some shrimp, aioli, and bread, I have to first figure out which grape I want in order to find the right shelf in the store! I know I like cabernet, don’t like Syrah, I like Chardonnay, if it’s not oaked. BUT the same thing that has been going on with books is happening with wines too, pigeonholing. Why do I have to, in order to find a wine or a book I like, figure out IF I like a particular grape more than another one, why do I even need to know the grapes used? If I like Louise Penny, who is very much Canadian and her books are set there, why would I look for her books among British Detectives? And why do I want to figure out that in order to find Agatha Christie’s “And then there was none” I have to check out category called Historical British & Irish Literature only to find it next to Ken Follet’s “Fall of Giants”! Does this make sense to you? It doesn’t make sense to me. How am I supposed to find a good puzzling mystery if I don’t know the name of the author?

The trouble is, I don’t really have a good alternative to offer, but I’m sure there must be a few literature loving engineers around who can figure this one out. When it comes to wine, I just stick with a good Rioja with steak, Sancerre with fish, and a dry rose from just about anywhere to sit and drink while munching on shrimp and aioli in the summer. And I really do not care which grapes are involved in any one of those!

Missing Alibi – next Faukon Abbey Mystery coming soon!

The latest Faukon Abbey Mystery titled “Missing Alibi”missing-alibi-blood is now with the editors, and will hopefully hit Amazon in early December both as ebook and as paperback. A hardcover is also planned.

In Missing Alibi, a successful author of romance, erotica and mysteries, is found dead in the bottom of the stairs in Elm House. Was it an accident or murder? DI Greene and DC Ford have their work cut out for them, chasing suspects from Vancouver in Canada to Stockholm, Sweden, with Jimmy Carter from the Abbey Chronicle chasing them. Was it something she wrote? Or was it something else?


Writing mysteries is fun!

Writing mysteries is actually fun, and one gets to talk with a lot of people about strange things. Today I got a call from a service manager with Jaguar Land Rover dealer here. I had left him a message yesterday. And he was just a tad curious about my question – you see I needed to know about a particular part of a Land Rover engine (and I won’t tell you which part as it all will be part of my new book).

He was initially rather concerned about my inquiry since it appeared that I was hell-bent on basically getting his best advice as to how to kill someone! I ensured him that oooh nooo, I wasn’t actually planning to murder anybody, I was a mystery writer. After we cleared that part up, we had a good and as strange as it may sound, we laughed a lot . And he ended up wishing me good look and good fortune with my book so that I can get back to him and buy a Land Rover or even a Jag I wish!

An intriguing Debut – Definitely Recommended!

Book Viral – a book review site just posted a review of “Remember Me?”

They said –

“As with the best of crime novels, Remember Me? proves a tense and compelling debut as A K Lakelett takes a tried and tested formula and adds her own impressive twist. Creating something innovative in such a popular genre is no mean feat and here she shares her story as a play, cutting between action scenes and chorus. Green, Ford and Carter are deftly drawn and in eschewing the genre tendency towards stoic stereotypes Lakelett delivers rich protagonists who are plausibly imbued with the depth and characteristics of their roles. This makes them feel both authentic and refreshingly original and with an enticing plot she manages to maintain intrigue and a satisfying balance between suspense and transparency which armchair detectives will undoubtedly appreciate. The pace is measured, the twists are well pitched, we become involved in her narratives web of mystery, but more importantly she’s built the foundations for what appears to be an innovative and promising new series.

Click here to see the full review.