British invasion

Hey Brits, on the first of September, you’ll have your very own Language of Bees–and shortly thereafter, a tour:


That’s right, the pub date is 1 September, and although we’re setting up events now, I can say that I’ll be at the Reading Festival of Crime on Sept 12, talking about Murder in Mind with Sophie Hannah, Steven Booth, Jane Hill and R J Ellory.

If you are a librarian, or you would like to suggest a library for me to do an event, post a comment with their information and we’ll have the publishers add them to the list being considered.

See you then!


  1. Chris on June 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

    This is an interesting cover…! Not sure it says ”Russell and Holmes” to me, but then I really liked the covers on the Allison and Busby hardbacks of The Game and Locked Rooms. Looking forward to adding it to my collection, as well as more tour details; I just hope there isn’t TOO much travelling for you!

    All best wishes

  2. Chris on June 16, 2009 at 8:22 am

    PS – is it my eyesight, or have they changed the R for an L…?


  3. Strawberry Curls on June 16, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Chris, it looks like a L to me also. I love the US book cover and find this version not only dated (it looks like a poor imitation of a Nancy Drew)but it is quite confusing. Why is the person balancing a book on her hand? Why do the bee hive chambers look more like some molecule or chemical representation? Truly, this is poor cover art.

  4. Michael on June 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Looks like some sort of code. I don’t mind the cover. Maybe the L will be corrected. Anyhow hope I can avoid any spoilers before I get to read it.

  5. Pat Floyd on June 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve loved many of the British covers, especially MREG, OJER, and MOOR, but I agree with Alice about this one. I’m glad it’s not ours. I suppose the book is a copy of Testimony.

  6. Jessara on June 16, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    It IS an L. On behalf of all Richardsons (my mother was one), what’s going on?

  7. Ruby on June 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Olawd. Is that supposed to be Russell? She has my maternal grandmother’s exact haircut and color in that cover. How amazingly wrong, I’m quite disturbed.

  8. Chris on June 17, 2009 at 12:29 am

    At the risk of causing upset – phew, it’s not just me! There have been some stunning covers over here, but yes, it DOES look reminiscent of early Nancy Drews! Compare this with the UK hardback of Locked Rooms, say (same publisher), and you’ll see what I mean. Fine for all us die-hards, but will it attract new readers? I do have the US edition, I’m the impatient sort, and couldn’t wait till September to read LANG. Ho hum!

    I agree with you, Pat, about those titles – great illustrations!


  9. Jacky Bright on June 17, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Please come to Luton and / or Bedforshire! Even if the Rough Guide tells you not to go out of your way to see us!
    Here’s the link for Luton Libraries:

    Here’s stuff about Luton:

    Here’s some of our lovely countryside:

    And here’s some obscure Bedfordshire culture:

  10. Meredith T. on June 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Whoops on the “L,” though I think that is one of Laurie’s initials. A Richardson uprising might ensue. I don’t know about this one. I love considering what Russell looks like. I suspect this lady was (loosely) based on Patricia Hodge’s face (best remembered by me as Phyllida Erskine-Brown on “Rumpole of the Bailey”). The long and slender frame seems okay. I’d vote for more cheek bones and a touch of curl in the hair. Don’t our nice silhouettes suggest a little curl? best to all//Meredith

  11. profin on June 18, 2009 at 5:34 am

    How about an international atmosphere for Mary? in Brussels. Nice quick trip with the Eurostar and we’ll promote you so there’ll be a lot of people!

    or Waterstone in Brussels
    (although not an independent bookshop, but a good one nevertheless)

  12. wendy on June 19, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I guess I’m in the minority here. I LOVE this cover! I do wish it had something about Holmes on it, but otherwise I love the retro Nancy-Drew look. Fantastic!!

  13. Cathy on June 25, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I love the cover! But the initial change is kind of weird.

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