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Jun 12, 2016 02:10PM

19126 Hi Everyone,
I write mysteries; I have a new Kindle ebook out called "Cold City Streets" and it's my first time working with a full-time pro editor. I like to think she improved my work fairly substantially, but shall leave it up to you to judge. If anyone wants a free review copy just drop me a personal message with your email address and I shall ship one over post haste.
Cheers.
LH Thomson
Feb 24, 2014 03:22PM

19126 My detective novels are all first person.
http://www.amazon.com/LH-Thomson/e/B0...
Dec 21, 2013 03:37PM

19126 Daisy wrote: "L.H. wrote: "If you like old-school crime, I suggest this classic."

Thank you for the recommendation. This book looks really interesting. It has some importance in the history of crime fiction too."


I'm quite surprised it doesn't get more attention. I remember my parents having a paperback release of it from the 60s or 70s when I was a kid, so it has only faded from the collective attention span recently. I guess that's the way of most radio-era culture, unfortunately.
Dec 21, 2013 03:35PM

19126 Don wrote: "Wow again, L.H. I am truly humbled."
Thank you! It's a lot of hard work now but I'm hoping down the line it'll pay off in having more time to write about esoterica.
Dec 20, 2013 10:53PM

19126 Nichole wrote: "Sounds like a good wife! I'll have to check out your books. Not that I should really be adding anything to my TBR list right now. It's well over 100!"

Not to worry, I routinely run into people on GR who haven't reached books yet that they shelved in 2009!
Dec 20, 2013 09:31PM

19126 Bill wrote: "Welcome to the group, LH. I hope it's second time lucky. :)"

Cheers Bill!
Dec 20, 2013 09:29PM

19126 Hi Daisy,
If you like old-school crime, I suggest this classic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malice_A...
It's not in the database here but it's a wickedly black look at a Dr. Crippen-style Victorian era physician who decides to bump off his wife. I believe they made both a BBC miniseries and a more recent movie based on it as well.
Dec 20, 2013 09:25PM

19126 I've got some John Oliver-ish "'ello, ello, how's your governor, wot wot?" thing working in my head but I'm not sure it translates to a chat box...

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Dec 20, 2013 09:23PM

19126 Don wrote: "Welcome to The Mystery, Crime & Thriller group, Nicole. Keep plugging at your book...even if you can't write a dozen or so in two years. :)"

LOL, read the associated blog post for an explanation, Don. Nice to meet you, Nichole!
Dec 20, 2013 08:03PM

19126 Don wrote: "Nichole wrote: "I'm with Don. Wow, 12 books in 2 years! Crazy. I've been nearly a year working on one, and it's not even close to being done."

I did three rewrites before the book was finished. T..."


I got offered a deal for four of them from a rather large book company but the terms were basically extortion for no guarantees in return.

I suppose I probably write to formula somewhat, Don, in that I pre-plot every angle from back to front before I start, and I tend to pace my action on where it has worked in the past.

Also, my wife lets me work from home as a writer full-time... at least for a little while longer. Royalties were pretty crazy in the summer after one of my books went onto Amazon's (overarching) mystery best-seller list for a few months but have quieted down since.

I'm working on genre, lit fic and a screenplay right now and I"m amazed at the vast difference in time to finish each.
Dec 20, 2013 11:05AM

19126 Hi,
My name is LH Thomson and I'm a 43-year-old mystery writer. I got heavily into the Goodreads community for about six months two years ago, then retreated into a hermit-like state to write a dozen books. Now I'm trying to get out there a little more, so I'm just stopping in here to say hello. Drop me a note or a friend request (or just a reply here!) and we can connect. In the meantime, a blog post about why I have so much trouble being a sociable dude....

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...
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Dec 19, 2013 03:14PM

19126 If you like mysteries -- and let's face it, I'm addicted -- there's a great Brit police drama on Netflix called George Gently. It's set in the late 1960s, which adds a very definite edge to how the stories play out, at least for the first three seasons. Last two season are good, but not as.
19126 A lot of these suggestions seem to be cozies to me. On the traditional front I suggest two MacDonalds (John D. and Ross) and a McDonald (Gregory).

Three awesome detective writers who could play it lighter when necessary. (Ok, Ross was pretty hard boiled, but he had a black comedic sense about things.)
Dec 09, 2012 10:44AM

19126 R.M.F wrote: "I remember watching an interview with Lee Marvin the actor. He was asked a similar question. His response was that villians don't think they're bad.
That got me thinking and it makes a lot of sens..."


Or, if not a rationale, a massive sense of superiority and entitlement.
Dec 09, 2012 10:41AM

19126 The way he treated her? She felt as if she were a different "species" sometimes, especially during the Christmas "season", when she would "suppose" everyone else had family around but she was alone, teetering around her house in a wash of angst, like an unhappy teeanger on "stilts." She sat on the "stool" in her kitchen and watched her cat play with some yarn; even he was happier than Suzy.


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19126 Dean wrote: "What do I get out of it? Validation. That's the only word that comes to mind. I use to work in Forensic Psych. A good mystery is one that can convince me it is real vs a book. It fits what I k..."

That's an interesting take. I've been in the news biz for my entire adult life and covered dozens of them, and while I'll conceive there are interesting murders that are "possible," reality is almost never as prosaic. If you're a former ME, you know it's usually two guys arguing drunkenly and one stabs the other guy or shoots him.

I've had a few real ones I've covered that couldn't been converted into something fictional, but part of the element of surprise, I think, is due to the fact that something fictional isn't expected by anyone. So unless they're crime procedurals, pretty much ANY mystery is going to be unrealistic.
Aug 31, 2012 07:20PM

19126 Zombie cocktail
Aug 25, 2012 10:31AM

19126 Lance wrote: "L.H. wrote: "Sharon wrote: "L.H. wrote: "I particularly liked The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything as a kid. Great stuff."

I don't remember when I read this ..."


Eek. Robert Hayes and Pam Dawber!?! I guess they were pretty popular at that point, but still....

Glad King didn't write one, D.R. I know he counts JDM as a formulative influence but their styles are VERY different.
Aug 24, 2012 04:42PM

19126 Sharon wrote: "L.H. wrote: "I particularly liked The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything as a kid. Great stuff."

I don't remember when I read this for the first time, but I st..."


I believe they made a movie years ago, but I've never seen it. It was indicative though -- along with Cape Fear -- of how a good story can just plain write, even when he's not in genre.

My copy got so dog-eared it eventually fell apart in transit. I'm reading on Kindle so much these days that I really wish they'd re-release his books on electronic pub at a reasonable price.
Aug 24, 2012 04:37PM

19126 I didn't realize how much he'd influenced my writing until my father read one of my novels during a recent visit and noted references. It was surprising but also gratifying , as his dialogue really shone sometimes.

I particularly liked The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything by John D. MacDonald as a kid. Great stuff.
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