Shakespeare, The Reader, and The Winter Blues Giveaway

A few years ago at the London Book Fair I had the chance to hear Peter James speak. He’s a British author known for crime novels featuring Detective Roy Grace. According to James, crime novels show the best and worst of human nature. I found this idea interesting. But then he said something that took me by surprise. He claimed if Shakespeare were alive today, more than likely he’d write detective novels. I thought this was a bold assertion. He went on to explain that Shakespeare penned plays since during his day not many books were published for mass audiences and not a lot of people were literate. Plays were the writer’s best option to reach a large audience. However, today, books are plentiful and his options would have been wide open.

What do you think? If Shakespeare were alive today, would he write crime novels?


M. Pax has released a new book!

The Reader, The Rifters Book Three

I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in the series. I’m halfway through The Reader and so far my report is: awesome! Can’t wait to finish it, so if it takes me longer than usual to return your visit, you know why. Blame Mary for writing such a cool and riveting story.

What’s it about?

Reader WEBWith the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.

While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.

The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.

Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Book 3 in the Rifter series.

Need to catch up? You can read books 1 & 2 in the Rifter series for free by becoming an M. Pax Reader. ENTER MY DIMENSION


MPax2Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock. Learn more at

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Have the winter blues? Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea, is hosting a massive book giveaway to help lift your spirits. Thirty authors are giving away 44 books, including my novel The Miracle Girl. For more information, click here.

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And don’t forget about my giveaway. I’m very excited and honored to host five fabulous authors this month. One lucky winner will receive five e-books. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just click here.

Here are the wonderful books:

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For more details check out this page.


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Have a wonderful week!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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21 Responses to Shakespeare, The Reader, and The Winter Blues Giveaway

  1. colonialist says:

    If Shakespeare were alive today, he would surely be into fantasy. That would be a genre worthy of his talents!
    (Golly, yes, I do write fantasy. How on earth did you guess?) 🙂

  2. Hilary says:

    thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  3. Colline says:

    Crime novels by Shakespeare? I am not so sure. I think he would have penned dramatic novels for sure – with a bit of comedy interlaced in the story. Even though many of his plays refer to murder, he does touch on a little romance (though not in the traditional sense).

  4. I think he’d be writing more literary fiction, ones with a heavy dramatic edge.

  5. Sage says:

    I wonder what Shakespeare would do with today’s politics, as he did do a bunch of political tragedies…

  6. Pat Hatt says:

    He’d probably delve into all kinds if he were alive today. Can’t see him doing science fiction, but the rest he might.

  7. ChrysFey says:

    M Pax is already killing it this year!

    I think Shakespeare would be dabbling in every genre and showing us how it’s done. 😉

  8. cleemckenzie says:

    I’m not sure Shakespeare would focus on crime, but whatever he wrote would involve some sticky intrigue and political skullduggery. Congrats to Mary. She’s on a roll.

  9. I think Shakespeare would either do crime or romance, like Nicolas Sparks.


  10. Shakespeare writing crime novels? I can’t exactly picture it, but then again, anything’s possible!

  11. kindlemom1 says:

    I bet if anyone can do it he can but I can see him writing tragic romances (think Nicholas Sparks here) better LOL!
    Thanks for the info about all the books, the steampunish one looks really good!

  12. Hmm, I’m not sure if Shakespeare would write crime novels. I love the cover of M. Pax’s book.

  13. lexacain says:

    Mary already has a book 3 for the Rifters series? Wow, that’s one speed-writing woman! I think it’s quite possible that Shakespeare would write murder mysteries. But I think he’d also try his hand at fantasies and drama. Actually, he could probably write anything he put his mind to! Have a great week, TB! 🙂

  14. Thanks for having me on, TB 🙂 I think Shakespeare’s stories would be relevant in this day and age. He’d most likely word them differently though.

  15. Yay for Mary!

    I don’t know. Shakespeare would probably be writing crazy romances that sell by the millions because he was smart enough to see where the money was at and wrote for the most powerful woman of his day anyway. 😉

  16. ethornberg says:


    If Shakespeare were alive today he might well write detective novels. Some of his works are similar to crime novels. For instance, in Hamlet, the title character is trying to find out who killed his father and what the motive was. I love Hamlet. “There is nothing either good or bad, only thinking makes it so.” “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” Amazing stuff. Sort of like your books. 🙂


  17. Congrats to Mary.

    I think Shakespeare would write multi-genre novels with high stakes and intriguing story lines.

  18. Robyn Engel says:

    Interesting concept about Shakespeare. We write what we live. I imagine he’d be sleuthing for intelligence and would wonder why it’s so hard to find.
    Congrats to MPax!

  19. T.F.Walsh says:

    Shakespeare was big on drama, so I can see how some of his plays could lend themselves to crime writing too. Sounds like a great talk.

    Congrats, Mary:)

  20. My guess would be thrillers, but who knows? In his lifetime he did history plays, romantic plays, comedic plays, and high drama plays. So maybe he would want to be just as diverse in the novel business, given his personality.

  21. Hmmm… I am not sure what kind of books Shakespeare would write today. Definitely interesting to think about. 🙂 Yeah for M. Pax! Wishing her all the best.

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