Cara here and good morning,
The first time I landed in Boston on a book tour for Murder in the Bastille, my fourth book, the Iraq war started. Anti French feelings ran high to put it mildlu. People talked about 'freedom fries' and street vendors sold 'France Sucks' Tshirts, some wine drinkers vowed to pour their French vin down the drain...of course, I offered to take the bottles out of their hands before they did that. Needless to say, a book set in Paris, at that time, loomed a tough propostion in Boston. But then there were mystery readers at Kate's bookstore in Cambridge, some Francophiles emerged from the woodwork and with Stephen Booth - the great UK writer of police procedurals - we had an 'intimate' evening in Kate's great store, an old Victorian house.
Today, my publisher sent me this review from the Boston Globe and as Stephen would say...felt 'gobsmacked' - Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis was reviewed in the Globe...and it was good.
Who knows how reviews affect hard-core anti French sentiment...and a book is a book, but after my first reception in Boston...zut alors, I call this progress.
Next week I'm up in Oregon, a Portland event with Sisters in Crime, a talk at Willamette Writers group in Eugene and speaking at Bloomsbury books in Ashland. And will even catch a Shakespeare play...if you live in Oregon and have time, please drop by...events are at www.carablack.com
Have a good weekend,