Happy birthday, Simon Brett and Anne Perry.
Two British authors celebrate birthdays today. The multitalented Simon Brett (radio producer and author of many mysteries, including the recent The Stabbing in the Stables) turns 61. One of his novels, A Shock to the System, was made into a 1990 film with Michael Caine. You can listen to an excerpt of Simon reading from Murder in the Museum (where he does all the characters' voices) from my radio show "It's a Mystery" here.
The energetic Anne Perry celebrates her 68th birthday today. Author of two Victorian mystery series (most recently, Dark Assassin), a WWI series (most recently, Angels in the Gloom), and numerous short stories and novellas, she just sold a standalone to Ballantine (according to Publishers Weekly) that will deal with a woman in the Byzantine empire seeking to exonerate her condemned brother. (Photo credits: Brett: Jason David Hall; Perry & Foxwell: Dean James)