Matthew Ogborn
  • 48, Male
  • United Kingdom
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About Me:
I am a journalist, writer, producer, director and photographer who has been fascinated with crime fiction from as early as I can remember thanks to my parent's incandescent love of the genre.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Too many to list, but standouts in recent years have been Andrea Camilleri and Italian crime fiction in general together with going back to the hard-boiled prose of Ross MacDonald and the like. John Connolly's early work, Elizabeth Redfern and the duelling kings James Lee Burke and Carl Hiaasen are ever presents in my collection, while Alafair Burke has snuck in too in recent years.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development have been the comedy shows to crease me up consistently, while I am fascinated by The West Wing for its breakneck pace and intelligent scripting. I also hugely enjoyed Firefly on DVD recently and the imperious Deadwood, David Milch is a true poet. Shark is very agreeable viewing, while I still yearn for the odd Inspector Morse episode for John Thaw's masterful portrayal. Let us not forget, Law and Order and SVU. Jerry Orbach was the king. Film fanatic and I enjoy a very eclectic mix of UK, US and foreign fare.

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Digging beneath the surface...

Going to be hanging around the site more in the coming months thanks to my new project, which will give me a chance to indulge my love of crime fiction and literature. Very excited about it and I truly hope it will help people, young and old, worldwide discover some of the magic behind great novels and fascinating authors...M

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 8:26am — 4 Comments

Juggling ideas...

It takes a special frame of mind to embark on and complete a novel and I have to admit I am a long way from reaching that at the moment, despite enjoying the hell out of my writing my first book "The Fast Shuffle". I couldn't get the words on the page fast enough a few years ago when I raced through it and, even though it has yet to reach a big audience, I am proud as punch about it. It reflects my personality well, faults and all.

At the moment, I am writing dialogue and ideas for a…


Posted on April 26, 2007 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

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At 8:09am on September 18, 2007, James Twining said…
Thanks for the add - thought we were lucky more than good on Saturday. Another day you would have been 3_0 up at half time. Hope you enjoy Tom Kirk!
At 11:28pm on August 19, 2007, Tom Cain said…
Thanks for the very kind words, tho' I'd say the jury is still out on the success or otherwise of The Accident Man - still hoping for good things, tho!
At 5:59am on August 14, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Sounds good...let me know when you will be here. The New Orleans Book Fair is on November 10---the website has some information and they will soon have the signup page there.
You may want to go if you are not planning it already. It's a different kind of book fair, but more interesting than the usual mainstream stuff.
I'll be there for sure! Lyn
At 12:20am on August 14, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Greetings - as a crime novel fan, do you get to any of the book fairs like Harrogate? My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria. P.S. just posted an excerpt on my Crimespace page.
At 6:39am on May 30, 2007, JackBludis said…

Yep hardboiled and noir are alive and kicking. You might take a look at Charles Ardai's Hardcase Crime input to find some good new and old stuff.
At 7:46am on May 28, 2007, Laura Benedict said…
Hi, Matthew. So pleased to meet you!
At 5:19am on May 7, 2007, Alafair Burke said…
Matt, Thanks for the nice note. Dead Connection will be out in the UK on June 21 and got a terrific review in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago. I agree with you about American Idol, but I do think Blake has serious pop potential. Best, A
At 10:55am on April 27, 2007, Morgan Mandel said…
Hi Matthew,
Hope you got your taxes done. It's a horrible job, especially when you write and deduct expenses as I do.
If you find time, I'm inviting you to join my own network called Book Place at
It's devoted to all genre booklovers including authors, readers, book industry professionals and its purpose is to share and promote books.
Stop on by some time,
Morgan Mandel
At 5:42am on April 27, 2007, norby said…
Well, Kalamazoo does have a castle, so maybe there is a chocolate factory hidden away somewhere!

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