audrey's news, how to write, wallander, & louise penny's 'the brutal telling'
i've recently had a short piece accepted for on-line publication by onepagestories.com.editor Christy Shick tells me that it will be in the summer edition for this year, so keep checking the web site. the story, 'a japanese shaggy dog story' humorously (one hopes) discusses a unique english as a second language text book that i came across during one of my visits to japan. i'll let you know when the journal is posted.those of you who follow the swedish detective wallander will be happy to hear that krister henriksson is now portraying the weary detective on t.v. and, in reports i've read, does a better job than the previous wallander, keneth branagh.louise penny's The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel is another chief inspector gamache novel. writers beware. look what ms. penny has done. she has painted herself into a corner. she has invented three pines, the most charming of villages since brigadoon. maybe three pines is more like garrison keilor's lake woebegone because it is up there in canada permanently and it is a town that time forgot. in the previous four inspector gamache novels, we have learned to know and love the eccentric inhabitants of three pines, who are routinely disturbed by murders. they are well drawn characters and we have well formed opinions of them. that is the problem. in this novel ms. penny has to overturn our opinion of the beloved bistro owner olivier to make him a viable suspect and more, not a very nice guy. she has done such a solid job in her other novels that i do not think she pulls the olivier we never knew off in this one. her invented three pines gives her too small an area in which to roam. one of the earlier novels takes place in a nearby resort. the next one should be in a new development called upper three pines--or something like that!the book is 372 pages and published by minotaur books, n.y.