Friends and neighbors,
It’s a bit of a strange Christmas this year in Thailand. After the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13, the military government issued instructions that celebrations of all sorts were to be muted until further notice. Nobody knows what they actually mean by that, but nobody wants to take a chance on being out of step either, so the usual commercial displays this year are…well, muted.
Thailand is a Buddhist country, of course. Christmas isn’t actually a holiday, more of a commercial promotion. Still, the effort that retailers put into their displays has always been impressive in the past so here are a few memories of Thailand Christmas past…
This is the first Christmas that both my entire Inspector Tay series and my entire Jack Shepherd series have been available in paperback editions. If you’re a fan of either series, I hope you’ll consider making a Christmas present of a copy of one of my books to someone you think might enjoy that series as much as you do.
You won’t find any of my paperbacks at your neighborhood bookstore, but you can order them all from Amazon for the very reasonable price of $14.99 per title. For example, the paperback edition of THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW, the latest Inspector Tay, is RIGHT HERE, and the paperback edition of THE KING OF MACAU, the latest Jack Shepherd, is RIGHT HERE.
Now what could possibly be a better Christmas present than sharing a book you love with a friend you love (or maybe at least like)?
Give it a thought, huh? I’m guessing they’ll thank you, and I know I will.
Merry Christmas, friends!