Yes! We will be there.

Back when I was at Crimefest in May, I became vaguely aware of an event that was going on in Iceland later this year. I thought little of it.

Whilst I was at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, known simply in crime writing circles as Harrogate, I heard more about IcelandNoir.

It caught my attention, a little.

Holidays for the boyfriend and I are currently on a not about to happen basis. It has been almost three years since our last overseas holiday, and since then we’ve only had one other break away of at least a week, when we travelled round Scotland and The North, back in March.

Our next planned foray overseas was to be in 2015.

The thing is I can’t wait until CrimeFest next year to see some of my friends again, and it’s too long to go without something to look forward too.

We would normally go to FantasyCon, hosted by the British Fantasy Society, but this year, since the UK is hosting World FantasyCon, it’s too big a thing for us, and also at the wrong time in my shift cycle for me.

The alternative, or so we thought, would be Bloody Scotland, but again the timing is ill-fitting with my shifts.

Then a friend told me they would be attending IcelandNoir. Then another couple of acquaintances also mentioned they would be there, and my mind began to churn.

How long is the festival? How long would we need to go for? How much would it cost to go? Could we afford it? In short? We couldn’t go, was the first answer I came up with.

Then my heart got involved, which in turn inspired the money talks, the what have we gots, the what can we do withouts, the things coming up, and the things coming in….

The talks finally ended in a maybe, just not yet. Lets get some potentially large bills out of the way and see what happens.

Then I got a phone call out of the blue. The result of which means we ARE going to IcelandNoir, we are going to strike at least two things off the Boyfriends Bucket list (already off mine) and yes, as of today we are both registered with the festival and we WILL BE THERE.

W00T!!!!

Dead Mens Harvest – Matt Hilton

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Dead Men’s Harvest sees a big step up in writing style for Matt Hilton which makes this book, far more gripping than all of the preceeding novels, and brings to a climax a story line left unfulfilled since his first book, Dead Men’s Dust.

With his best friend kidnapped, and an old enemy targeting him once more, Joe Hunter has to face harder moral questions than eveer before,

Hard hitting from page one, and with no holding back you will not be able to put this book down.

I added a few more to the list…

I don’t know why I bother telling myself time and time again that I will, under no circumstances, come home from a book festival with anything more than a list of books to be procured over the next few months because this is inevitably what happens….

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Expect much more procrastination to come

Flesh House

After a month of selecting cosy crime and easy reading books, I decided to throw myself back into some gritty ‘hard boiled’ fiction, with DS Logan McRae of the Granite City, on the tail of ‘The Flesher’.

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Gruesome as ever, whilst being at times both humorous and heart wrenching it will keep you gripped to the end.

(Although I do advise reading on an empty stomach if you don’t fancy seeing your lunch again.)

The Watchman

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The first of four (so far) crossover novels between Joe Pike & Elvis Cole, and which precedes the earlier crossover novel I read, The First Rule. While reading them out of order didn’t spoil my enjoyment of either, this one certainly filled in some blanks about the behaviour of some characters in The First Rule.