Friday, October 24, 2014

A Shining Beacon of a Weekly Link Round-Up

Denis and I went to The Poisoned Pen this week to see two of our favorite authors, Jeffrey Siger and Timothy Hallinan. Little did I know but those two very talented men both made me feel a bit like royalty.  They had "talked up" their appearance on their Facebook pages, and-- amid all the poor unfortunates bemoaning their fates-- I said I was really looking forward to seeing them both, and they returned the sentiment.

Tuesday evening Jeff and Tim were mobbed the second they stepped foot inside the bookstore, and I-- not being a fan of elbows and competitive conversation-- just kept my seat in the back and divided my time between reading and people watching. I had no idea that they would both seek me out! Jeff found me first. He shook my hand, introduced me to the people who'd followed him to the back of the store, and then he sat down and proceeded to chat with me. 

Tim also found me a few minutes later. He's teased me about my "free advertising" Facebook photo (also used on my blog's sidebar) in which I'm seen holding a copy of one of his books. Tim and I also got a few precious minutes to chat before the interview began. And now I finally get to the meaning behind my post title. How did both men find me? My short white hair shines like a beacon in the bookstore's lighting. Now I know for certain that if I ever want to go anywhere incognito, I need a hat and/or a wig!

Enough hair talk. Let's get to those links!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • I thought I'd seen an infographic for just about everything... but not for the aroma of books.
  • A man used Twitter to get himself out when he discovered that he was locked in a London branch of Waterstones.
  • Here's a quiz to see how well you know the villains of literature.
  • There's a Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London.
  • One bar closer to humanity: Hopefully this video will persuade some people to put down their phones.
  • Here's an enjoyable crime fiction dictionary. I have to admit that I was just as interested in seeing if I'd read the books given as examples as I was in reading the definitions.
  • Amazon wants you to decide what eBooks get published with Kindle Scout.
  • Do readers choose eBooks because they are cheaper?  
  • Local Poisoned Pen Press now has the North American rights to the British Library Crime Classics series and the British Library Spy Classics series. 
  • After last week's incident in which a tourist was locked inside one of their stores, Waterstones is having a contest for ten guests to win a sleepover in their Piccadilly branch.
  • IKEA is coming up with some really good commercials. This time, it's a take on "The Shining." 
  • Join me in signing this petition showing your support for "Longmire".

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

The Happy Wanderer

I  ♥  Lists

Book Candy

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!



  1. You're a Poisoned Pen celebrity!! Sounds like a fun event!

    1. Jeff and Tim certainly made me feel that way. What made this so funny to me were the reactions of the people following the authors. The way the authors made little mini-fusses over me, the other folks' expressions made it clear that they thought I must be "somebody," and that they wondered who I was! LOL

  2. Cathy - What a wonderful PP experience! I've often found that truly great people are like that. And thanks for those links. That crime fiction dictionary has my name on it! ;-)

    1. That's been my experience, too, Margot. Hope you like the crime fiction dictionary!


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