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George Clooney, Nespresso and #fridayreads

Coincidences can unnerve and surprise you.  Seeing a ‘professional’ yesterday I was told ‘I am going to use a scalpel to do this.’  My response?  ‘I had a dream with a scalpel last night, or the night before.’  I say ‘professional’ for a reason.  Before I’d even got out of bed this morning, I’d checked the Kindle daily deal and bought it on my mobile phone (which I also use as an alarm clock).  Then I took a browse of the first page on Kindle for Android.  This is its third sentence:

Quality was more important than quantity in most professions.

Sadly, yesterday felt the opposite.  I felt part of a conveyor belt process and as if they’d forgotten I was a human being.

Anyway, the book is Anne Holt’s The Final Murder (99p today).  I already have an unread copy of her 1222, a tale based on the ‘locked room mystery’, but I hope to find the time one day…  A couple of hours later I discovered both these novels are the subject of Sarah Ward’s (@sarahward1) post today on Crimepieces.  Sarah indicates that The Final Murder may hold more promise, so take a look.

Over at Crime Scraps Review, Norm (@crimescraps) has just reviewed I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni translated by Anne Milano Appel.  This one is from relatively new indie publisher Hersilia Press (@hersilia_press) who are quickly gaining an excellent reputation amongst readers who specialise in reading translated crime fiction.  Check out Hersilia’s site and their sample chapter of this novel follows here. i_will_have_vengeance_sample_chapter

Finally,

why did I have George Clooney and Nespresso in that header?  Well @cathryanhoward tweeted this, this morning:

‘Blogging tip: increase hits by posting about George Clooney and/or Nespresso. If my WP search terms are anything to go by, TRUST ME.’

So I am performing an experiment.  And it’s a scalpel-free one.  I will report back…

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14 comments on “George Clooney, Nespresso and #fridayreads

  1. Marie
    January 27, 2012

    yeah, those keywords got me here! the crime book looks great- I’m going to check out the publisher! thanks for telling us about Hersilia 🙂

    • crimeficreader
      January 27, 2012

      Thanks Marie. And I am so glad you were interested in one of the books I mentioned!

  2. Maxine
    January 27, 2012

    Seconded on Anne Holt and Hersilia. Not sure about Geo. Clooney or Nespresso – outside my area of expertise 😉

    • crimeficreader
      January 27, 2012

      And I can live without the Nespresso. 😉 Thanks Maxine.

  3. Sarah
    January 27, 2012

    Thanks Rhian. And Anne Holt is a bargain at 99p on Kindle.

    • crimeficreader
      January 27, 2012

      I succumbed before I’d even woken up properly, Sarah. These Android phones can be costly in more ways than one…

  4. Hi Rhian
    thanks for recommends and pointers to other crime fiction blogs. Had Anne Holt’s The Final Murder been more than 99p, would you have still bought it? George Clooney and/or Nespresso blogging tip seems to work, though not sure if I would fall for it a second time ;o)

    • crimeficreader
      January 27, 2012

      Marianne, truth be told I don’t need to buy any books at the moment. I have so many in the house that are still to be read. From now until June I will be reading CWA John Creasey award submissions and will have little time for anything else. But for 99p I am tempted to stock on up on books I want to read when I have the time, books that I know I don’t have at home.
      Hmm, next time I might try Simon Cowell, BGT, space, Virgin and Richard Branson. When I saw that on twitter I thought is was a joke…

  5. Though not reading submissions for any awards, know what you mean about books piling up, so many good ones out there and so little time!
    Good luck with it – and with Richard Branson and Britain’s Got Talent ;o)

    • crimeficreader
      January 28, 2012

      I updated my spreadsheet last night to assess the reading schedule. It’s now going to a time of intensive reading all the way to the end of May. Scary stuff.

  6. Onwards!!! 🙂

    • crimeficreader
      January 28, 2012

      And throughwards/words as opposed to upwards…

  7. Phil the Coffee Addict
    February 22, 2012

    lol with so many Nespresso drinkers out there you were bound to get more hits with those keywords.. so just add me to that group of lemming.

    • crimeficreader
      February 22, 2012

      Interestingly, the experiment did not work. But something else later became far more topical…

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