“No distance of place nor lapse of time can lessen the friendship
of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”
Robert Southey, English Poet 1774-1843
Way back in December 2011, my very new blogging friend Chris (yes, the other half of this blog) at Bridges Burningwrote about J.B. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame and said that while she always wanted to be J B Fletcher, she thought I was the closest to being her.
Well, over the years I have never encountered a murder (except in crime novels and movies) and so have never been able to put her thought/theory to the test. Instead, over the years, I have built up a library of crime novels.
Of course, we all have our own favourite writers. One of mine is Zoe Sharp. Do you know Zoe? She has this fantastic protagonist called Charlie Fox, a strong, independent, take no prisoners kind of woman, operating in a man’s world. I have been a follower of Zoe since I read the first Charlie Fox novel so many years ago. And yes, I am a stalker of Charlie Fox.
Some years ago, Zoe introduced me to a group of crime writers who band together and write for a blog. This is a group of 11, although sadly the originator of the group Leighton Gage has since died. And recently a new writer has joined the group. A New Zealand writer Craig Sisterson, the founder of the Ngaio Marsh Awards for crime writing, and author of Southern Cross Crime:
The way it works is each writer posts an article in turn and then its published on Murder is Everywhere. Each author writes about whatever is on his/her mind at the time.
This is often the first thing I read from my inbox in the morning with my first cup of tea for the day. And because during our ramblings I knew that Chris was also a prolific reader of crime fiction, I introduced her to this group.
And it was this that spurred on the thought of A World Apart. If 11 writers scattered far and wide could do this, then surely, two ‘not quite old’ women could.
They are disparate characters, living all around the world brought together through their common bond of writing and reading crime fiction. if this is your thing, pop over to their blog to see what hs been occupying their minds recenty.
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
JB 4 December, 2021