News: April, 2010

I’m Off to the “Republic of Doyle”

Apr 25, 2010

It’s official: I’m heading off to Newfoundland in May to work as a story consultant on CBC’s hit TV show, Republic of Doyle. Set in beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland, the series features a father-son team of private eyes who crack cases, and plenty of jokes, against the stunning vistas of The Rock.

I drove through Newfoundland back in 1975 with my old pal Howard Greenblatt, but we never made it to St. John’s because a hurricane was blowing in from the Atlantic. But everyone I know who has been to Canada’s oldest city--including screenwriter Avrum Jacobson, who worked on Doyle last season--raves about the people and the music, so I’ll be bringing a guitar, hoping to join in a few jams in between work on episodes of Season Two.

I’ve already met star and creator Allan Hawco, who plays Jake Doyle, co-creator Perry Chafe and producers Rob Blackie and John Vatcher, all of whom have tremendous affection for the private eye genre, so I think we are really going to have fun working together.

High Chicago nominated for Best Novel!

Apr 23, 2010

My second Jonah Geller mystery, High Chicago, has been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel of 2009. The shortlists were announced April 22 by the Crime Writers of Canada.

Winning the Arthur Ellis for Best First Novel last year was a great thrill; being nominated for best novel one year later is equally exciting. Forty-eight books were eligible, so just to make the final five is an honour in itself.

The winners will be announced May 27, which happens to be my son Aaron’s 13th birthday, so I’m hoping that brings me luck.

Poe’s Deadly Daughters

Apr 17, 2010

On April 17 and 18, 2010, I’m the featured guest on the crime blog Poe’s Deadly Daughters. You can read it here as well: