Some eagle-eyed viewers of the British Library Crime Classic’s Facebook page, catalogue and Twitter account may have noticed their latest announcement for: The Pocket Detective, which shall be coming out on the 18th October. The brilliant cover for which you can see below…
Though hopefully you don’t need to be too eagle-eyed to notice the possibly familiar name of the puzzle compiler …. IT’S ME!
It’s great to be able to talk about it now online and it’s exciting to think it won’t be long until it finally appears in print, something which seemed little more than a dream when I sent in my proposal for the project 18(ish) months ago. For those who haven’t read the info on the Facebook page, The Pocket Detective is a puzzle book, in which the puzzles are based on the titles in the British Library Crime Classics series – though Christie and Sayers do pop up in them as well from time to time. There’s all kinds of puzzles from word searches and spot the differences to anagrams and odd one out puzzles. Importantly the variety of puzzles have been designed to cater for readers who are perhaps more new to the Crime Classics series, as well as those hard core fans who have every title sitting on their bookshelves at home.
American fans of the series don’t need to be dismayed as I believe Poison Pen Press are going to be printing it in US at some point (not sure on dates). But for UK readers if October seems like an awfully long time to wait I am fairly sure there are going to be some copies of the puzzle book available at the Bodies from the Library conference in June.
So all this leaves me to say is I hope you love the book, as much as I enjoyed creating it!