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



I have had this book since 1964 when it was first published, and have written about it on my other blog Growing Younger Each Day.  This is a fun cookbook part recipes (as in all cookbooks) but also part humour, poking fun at all the pretentious cookbooks that were just beginning to take over so much space in the local bookshops.

One chapter is headed “Will you be taking the dinner sir?”  In here we learn of a disparate group of people called together for a dinner party.

But this is where I will divert from the book.  I will have a dinner party with six of my favourite crime writers, all of whom are part of the group Murder is Everywhere..

So, who to choose?

On December 4 Jeff wrote about Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic crime writer and one of the founders of MIE. 

Jeff’s post reblogging Yrsa’s earlier one, is funny, quirky and entertaining. In the earlier post (Jeff says it was  about 12 years ago)  she told about the problems of crime witing in Iceland, a country where there are only 300,000 inhabitants and as Yrsa says,  “It stands to reason that Icelandic crimes are relatively few and far between.” So for a change of pace, go over to the site and read the post.

Yrsa will definitely be one of the six invitees.

As therefore, will Jeff.  Who is Jeff you ask.  Jeff Siger is an American mystery thriller writer, living on the Greek Island of Mykonos. He says, ” My novels are aimed at exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece in a tell-it-like-it-is style while touching upon the country’s ancient roots.”

So now four more of these writers to join our table.

Of course, Zoe Sharp would be there.  She it was who introduced me to MIE, maybe ten years ago. For those of you who don’t know Zoe Sharp, she is British and in her words, of “No fixed abode”.  She is also a prolific writer of crime fiction. The protagonist in her main series is Charlie Fox, ex special forces, sometimes bodyguard, living and operating in an often dangerous world. As I have said earlier, a take no prisoners kind of woman. Lee Child hs been quoted as saying, “If I were a woman I’d be Zoe Sharp. If Jack Reacher were a woman he would be Zoe Sharp’s main character, Charlie Fox.”

To join these three I would next invite Caro Ramsey, a Scottish writer of crime fiction.  She writes police procedurals set in Glasgow, featuring DI Colin Anderson and DS Freddie Costello.

Wikipedia tells us “A graduate of the British School of Osteopathy, she runs a large osteopath centre in West Scotland, treating animals and humans, and writes in her spare time.

And to round out the numbers, I would invite Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.  They are the joint authors of the Detective Kubu mystery series, set in Botswana.  They publish under the pseudonym Michael Stanley. Michael lives in Johannesburg and Stanley in Minneapolis  And I just cannot imagine inviting only one of them, and in any event, would not know which one to choose.  So they will both be there.

And my only reason for being there would be as a fly on the wall, listening to these friends who meet at various book conventions around the world several times a year. I can only imagine the lively conversation which would no doubt, go on until the early hours of the next morning.

Thank you all for coming to my party, and from Samuel Johnson

“A man is in general, better pleased when he has agood dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.”

JB December 6, 2021



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