I am well accustomed to being left out of the discussions between my literary agent, Laurie King, and her publishers when it comes to business matters, however, so long as my name is not besmirched or hordes of come to invade my Sussex home, I am happy for them to get on with things.

However, this time they may have gone too far.  A contest, speculating over my Times obituary?! Not only that, but an alternative—to design my headstone!

I fully realise this is inspired by the title of the coming volume of Memoir, The Murder of Mary Russell,

but truly, it is an alarming prospect.  How would you, dear reader, care to be told that you had died decades ago?

In any event, they are giving a very nice prize for the best obituary, or headstone—the page explaining it is here.

Hmm.  Perhaps I ought to enter the contest myself?

(The Murder of Mary Russell is available for pre-order, signed by Ms King, from Bookshop Santa Cruz (http://www NULL.bookshopsantacruz or Poisoned Pen Books (http://store NULL.poisonedpen NULL.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword&so=oh&qs=9780804177900&x=1&y=2&searchtype=keyword), and unsigned or ebook at: Bookshop (http://www NULL.bookshopsantacruz  (http://www NULL.barnesandnoble or Amazon/Kindle (http://www


  1. Wade Taylor says:

    There are advantages to being thought dead. Particularly if it puts the attempted murderer into a false state of security. S/he would not be targeting you again, thinking you to be dead Ms. Russell. For a time your brother in law Mycroft Holmes allowed the world to think he was dead too.

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