Incredible though it seems to me, it’s ten years since The Messenger of Athens was first published. I’d finished the manuscript two years before that, but the wheels of publishing grind slowly, and from signing the contract I faced an interminable wait until publication date, when I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers, many phone calls and cards of congratulations.
In its first incarnation, Messenger wore the mantle of romance – this was the first edition cover, pretty but not looking like a crime novel.
Publication day was exciting, but more exciting still was the news that Messenger was being shortlisted for two awards – the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize (you’ll find me here alongside Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44, which is now a film starring Tom Hardy).
By the time I’d completed The Taint of Midas, the second book in the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series, the Powers That Be had decided to re-jacket Messenger, and Hermes entered his second year dressed in blue.
A couple of years later, the whole series went watercolour…
In all honesty, I never felt the watercolour covers were right for the books. The light, bright landscapes seemed to miss the dark underbelly of the stories, and had (correct me if I’m wrong, gentlemen) limited appeal for male readers, of which there are many.
So – surprise! The series is being re-jacketed again, beginning with new editions of the ebooks. First up is Messenger, of course, with The Gifts of Poseidon next and the others to follow in quick succession.
There’s more to the re-launch of Messenger than meets the eye. There have always been aspects of it I wanted to change, so I’ve taken advantage of this Ten Year Anniversary to do a major overhaul of the manuscript. The story remains the same, but… More on what I’ve done and why in the next blog.
In the meantime, of course Hermes is older than ten. Considerably older, in fact. But even the immortals amongst us have birthdays 🙂
Author of the Mysteries of the Greek Detective, books with a touch of mythology set in almost-contemporary Greece, and featuring lots of fabulous Greek food.
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