Sunday, November 30, 2008


Mills & Boon are having a Winter Book sale at the moment and I notice that, along with a load of other stellar titles perfect for the Christmas stocking, they're selling last year's Christmas anthology which include A Surprise Christmas Proposal by yours truly for £2.

Check it out here.

I love books for Christmas, too and I've been searching out the backlist Michael Gilbert, of one of my favourite crime writers, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger, who died a couple of years ago.

His full length book are entertaining but his short stories are magic. Wonderful twist in the tale stuff. I especially love his stories about a couple of elderly (and deadly) secret agents, one called simply, Mr Calder and Mr Behrens and the other Game Without Rules. The books are nearly all out of print and incredibly expensive to buy second hand, but there is a new edition of A Pity About the Girl... Definitely one for this lady's stocking. :)


Jan Jones said...

I've always liked Michael Gilbert too, Liz! I love it when I discover that friends like the same books I do.

Snookie said...

Liz, that is such a beautiful Christmas card. I never heard of Michael Gilbert except here on your blog Liz, is he an English author? I like Dick Francis. My siser use to find his books on the airplanes she cleaned! I don't recall seeing any Michael Gilbert's books, but sounds like his books may be the kind you keep so you wouldn't find them left behind on an airplane!

Liz Fielding said...

Thanks, Snookie!

Interestingly, nearly all the used editions of Michael Gilbert are in the US. I first heard his stories on the radio here, then borrowed his books from the library so sadly never owned any of them.

And I always leave the books I've read on 'planes so that someone else can enjoy them. I must admit I would have found it hard to part with Mr Behrens and Mr Calder, though. One of them had a gorgeous dog, too -- some kind of Persian sight hound.

Snookie said...

Now, I am going to haunt used book stores when I have some time and see if I can find a Michael Gilbert. I already have a toppling tbr pile (both physical and electronic) but hey, what's one more book! LOL