Christmas Prize Draw!

Vote for your favourite Betimes Books cover for a chance to win a print copy of one of our books! The Prize Draw is open to people aged 18 and over who provide their email address by voting for their favourite cover and would be happy to provide their postal address if they win. Please … Continue reading Christmas Prize Draw!

The Success of the French Edition of “Killarney Blues”

"Carried by a genuine writing talent, Killarney Blues is a Noir novel full of melancholy and unfulfilled dreams with a surprising glimmer of hope at the end. Without the slightest naivety. A revelation."  —Le Soir “A cathartic novel that ultimately creates positive emotions, like the blues can do. Poignant.” —booknode.com ­­ “A luminous novel that … Continue reading The Success of the French Edition of “Killarney Blues”

Union Club launch for The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal

Donald Finnaeus Mayo new novel is available HERE

Donald Finnaeus Mayo

Last night saw the official launch of The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal by Donald Finnaeus Mayo at the Union Club in London’s Greek Street. Family, friends, figures from the world of publishing as well as guests from many walks of life gathered at the event to chat with each other and receive signed copies from the author.

With the horrifying events of the past few weeks events on everyone’s minds, the issues raised in the novel have seldom been more pertinent. How do we effectively counter terrorist atrocities that threatens us all, and to what lengths is the state justified in going in order to protect its citizens?

20170605_191636_1496740879073_resized Donald Finnaeus Mayo signing copies of his latest novel “The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal” at the Union Club in London’s Soho

We’d like to thank everyone who came to the event, and to the Union Club for hosting such a fabulous evening.

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Hector!

Ten years, ten novels... And a graphic novel coming out this Fall. Hector Lassiter  has been through good and bad times. But tough times don't last. Tough men do! Happy 10th anniversary to Hector Lassiter and his creator, Craig McDonald, and many happy returns! Click here to view the Hector Lassiter Series and HERE TO … Continue reading Happy 10th Anniversary, Hector!

The Lassiter Decade Competition

Dear Readers, To mark the 10th Anniversary of Craig McDonald’s Hector Lassiter series, we are running a competition in which the authors of the best three reviews of a Hector Lassiter book posted on any Amazon website and live by June 12, 10am Dublin time, will win a signed copy of a Hector Lassiter novel! … Continue reading The Lassiter Decade Competition

New release: A wildly original cautionary tale from Colin O’Sullivan

The Starved Lover Sings Fall under the spell of Colin O'Sullivan's distinctive narrative voice. O'Sullivan's writing is striking. Admire the at once precise and experimental nature of his prose, its energy and daring. Enjoy it despite its darkness – and be impressed with it.   For bloggers and reviewers: please contact us to receive a … Continue reading New release: A wildly original cautionary tale from Colin O’Sullivan

“Silk for the Feed Dogs” at the Franco-Irish Literary Festival

This Friday, March 31st, the 2017 Franco-Irish Literary Festival begins and will continue right through the weekend. Organised by Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Ireland, this annual festival celebrates the unique relationship between Ireland, France and other francophone nations through highlighting the work of their writers. With fashion as … Continue reading “Silk for the Feed Dogs” at the Franco-Irish Literary Festival

Join Me at The Franco-Irish Literary Festival

Jackie Mallon

thumbnail_FullSizeRenderI’m in mid-prep this morning. I’m delighted, if a little freaked out, to be participating in the Franco-Irish Literary Festival in Dublin at the end of this month with a bunch of exciting Irish and French writers, journalists and auteurs. There’ll be a film premier, an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, readings and roundtable discussions (featuring moi!) throughout the three-day event. How did I end up among such an auspicious gathering of well-heeled intellectuals? Well, the theme of the festival this year is Fashion. E voilà, the French know a thing or two about both Fashion and Literature, and the Irish…well, the Irish can certainly write!

Copies of Silk for the Feed Dogs will be available for sale at the event along with the works of all the other participants. There will be time for some hobnobbing, earwigging, chin- scratching  and tipple-sipping. Held in Dublin Castle, it’s open to the…

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New release: THE DEATH OF TARPONS by Les Edgerton

The Death of Tarpons was first published in 1996 and launched Les Edgerton’s reputation not only as an outstanding narrative talent, but as one of those writers able to break your heart with one sentence. Timeless. “Edgerton's first novel shines with wisdom.” —Publishers Weekly, 1996 “Facing his own battle with cancer, Corey John returns to … Continue reading New release: THE DEATH OF TARPONS by Les Edgerton

“Head Games”, the graphic novel: official preview

At long last, readers can discover an eight-page sample from Craig McDonald's forthcoming graphic novel "Head Games", adapted from his Edgar- and Anthony-shortlisted novel (written by Craig himself and illustrated by Kevin Singles). A few more month to wait until the October release, but have a look at the dedicated page on the Macmillan US … Continue reading “Head Games”, the graphic novel: official preview

A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan

From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories  David Hogan's melancholy Christmas tale serves to remind us to gather our friends and family close to us as the dark of winter draws in. All about the power of stories in understanding our hopes for the future, his tale is the perfect accompaniment to staring out of the … Continue reading A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan

Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa

From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories  Feliz Navidad  is a sombre Christmas tale from Sam Hawken that serves as a powerful and poignant reminder that Christmas is a time when we need to reach out to others. Encompassing the importance of the gift of charity, and of extending a compassionate welcome to all people, Feliz Navidad is … Continue reading Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa

Festive fun: Jackie Mallon’s Fairytale of New York

Blue and Unassuming Under the Christmas Star is a seasonal spin-off from Jackie Mallon's book, Silk for the Feed Dogs. The story returns to the problems of the loveable but habitually disaster-prone Kat as she tries to find some Christmas spirit in the hearts of the famously grumpy New Yorkers. Jackie Mallon manages to capture what it … Continue reading Festive fun: Jackie Mallon’s Fairytale of New York

Craig McDonald about the challenge of writing a series

 Not the end of something? By Craig McDonald In autumn 2007, HEAD GAMES was published by Ben Leroy and Bleak House books. It went on to earn best first novel nominations for the Edgar Award, the Anthony, and the Sélection du prix polar Saint-Maur en Poche in France, among others. It also launched a series … Continue reading Craig McDonald about the challenge of writing a series

Adopt a Minotaur this Christmas

"If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur."     —Pablo Picasso Craig McDonald's novel Toros & Torsos is based on a theory that the famous Los Angeles "Black Dahlia" murders were inspired by the Surrealist masterpieces of the 1930s. McDonald took … Continue reading Adopt a Minotaur this Christmas

Nuit Blanche à Paris

Tomorrow, on Saturday, the 1st of October, Paris will celebrate its now traditional Nuit Blanche. If you aren't in Paris to take a stroll with thousands of Parisians and visitors and enjoy concerts, exhibitions and shows that will last all night, perhaps you would appreciate (re)discovering the City of Light through the eyes of a … Continue reading Nuit Blanche à Paris

Hadley Colt about her second novel for Betimes Books, a reinvention of the timeless legend of Sherlock Holmes

From Hadley Colt's blog: PUBLISH OR PERISH? (THE RED-HANDED LEAGUE DEBUTS) “I am lost without my Boswell.” —Sherlock Holmes The Red-Handed League, my new thriller about Sherlock Holmes, debuts this week. Hewing to a Doylean naming strategy, this little essay might be called, The Matter of the Murdered Biographer. It could also be titled, The … Continue reading Hadley Colt about her second novel for Betimes Books, a reinvention of the timeless legend of Sherlock Holmes

E-book rights to Kevin Stevens’ novel “Reach the Shining River” licensed to Endeavour Press

Following on from the success of "Francesca" by Donald Finnaeus Mayo, we are delighted to announce the new release of the Ebook edition of Kevin Stevens' novel "Reach the Shining River" by the UK's leading independent digital publisher, Endeavour Press. It is now available for order on Amazon here.   Our own trade paperback is also … Continue reading E-book rights to Kevin Stevens’ novel “Reach the Shining River” licensed to Endeavour Press

An unmissable book at an unbeatable price

Bring New York on holidays with you with this August promotion of Richard Kalich's Central Park West Trilogy : it's only £0.99 on Amazon UK until the end of the month! *** – So we are going to do this like a courtroom drama, or an interrogation? – Yes. We are. We are indeed. – Why? – Because most … Continue reading An unmissable book at an unbeatable price

Craig McDonald’s reading in Dublin as if you were there

Thanks to all who attended last night's reading in Dublin! For those who weren't there, here is a recording of the event: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ypKdPmjArRKW If you want to read the excerpt that Craig read last night, the first chapter of Head Games, click here: viewBook.at/HeadGames_McDonald And here is Craig McDonald's speech and a few pictures of … Continue reading Craig McDonald’s reading in Dublin as if you were there