He's not only back (or ba-a-ack) but he's early this month as well. Mike Ripley's February "Getting Away With Murder" column for the British Shots Crime and Thriller Ezine is out. His opening paragraph this time may help to explain why I look forward to his column each month:
"A number of complaints have been received at Shots concerning last month’s Getting Away With Murder column. This was universally perceived to have been far too “book heavy” and contained an inordinate amount of “factual information” about books rather than the unfounded, scurrilous gossip for which it is famous. The Editorial Collective (“a right bunch of Bolsheviks”) has therefore issued the column with its first written warning."
I'm not really sure how Ripley manages to speak with his tongue so firmly planted in his cheek; I would think he must sound a bit like Donald Duck. However, this issue is full of the usual assortment of crime fiction news and commentary, including (among many other topics) news that Catherine Aird is about to publish another book, a definition of "Nordic Noir," the continuing popularity of books featuring Leslie Charteris' great character, The Saint, a gruesome discussion of serial killers, and so forth. Oh, and more information about an award to the column. Go see for yourself.