“It’s Only Make Believe” (song by Glen Campbell) – Telling lies for a living

October 19, 2008 at 1:37 am (books, Bouchercon 2008, Mystery fiction)

I’ll admit up front: I chose to attend this particular discussion because Martin Edwards was one of the panelists. We had the pleasure of meeting Martin last year in Harrogate (Yorkshire, UK). I’ve read the three Lake District novels and Waterloo Sunset, the latest Harry Devlin, and enjoyed each of them greatly. (Martin also writes a terrific blog.)

Here are the Lake District books, in series order:

Laurie King also took part in this discussion, as did the following authors:

Martyn Waites

Martyn Waites

Alison Gaylin

Alison Gaylin

Michael Wiley

Michael Wiley

Thomas B. Cavanagh, moderator

Thomas B. Cavanagh, moderator

All were most entertaining and enlightening on the subject of their craft. Alison Gaylin’s work in entertainment journalism has obviously yielded plenty of material for her fiction. I have to say, though, that at this particular panel, the handsome and genial  Martyn Waites all but stole the show. In addition to being a novelist, he has worked in theatre and television, and also done stand-up comedy. It showed – his  stories were hilarious!

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