December 23rd, 2013

2013 In Pictures

On the subject of the year which has almost ended, I really can’t complain. My third Annie Ogden mystery, Collateral Damage, came out in June.

Right after finishing Collateral Damage, I started working on my new project, The Drone Wars series, which had been in planning for some time. The first book in the series is called Saving Raine, and it came out in December. I did not know Jeff Bezos of Amazon was going to announce his intentions to deliver books via small drones within 5 years … but how interesting!

Unless you are fluent in German, you might want to skip this paragraph. The German translation of Collateral Damage began in July and culminated in the publication of Kollateralschaden, thanks to the translation work of Stefan Buess and editorial work by Marco Kaas.

Collaborating with Stefan was an interesting and enjoyable project. He translated five chapters at a time, sent them to me for my review, and then we sat together each week to talk about issues that seemed in need of more work. Got some very good lunches out of it!

Being a German speaker, I have been able to enjoy my own book all over again in a foreign language. Which is really cool … but I guess you had to be there…

Lots of great stuff in store for 2014, too. The second book in the Drone Wars series is due out before Easter, mid April 2014, and the third book in the five-book series in the summer of 2014. That is, if I don’t keel over first.

On December 26th I’ll head to California for a family visit and a little R&R. Looking forward to seeing all of them and eating some traditional American holiday desserts, like this:

Knapsack filled with books, laptop, notebook and pens, I’ll be off … and sooner than you know it, vacation over, I’ll be back in Basel again. See you then!


Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest

While we’re at it, let me congratulate our latest winner: congratulations Teresa H!!! You win the weekly $5 prize for your correct answer to the question of what Furey was going out to buy at 10 o’clock at night – it was a beer run.

And now I would like to announce the latest question in the Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest: How many days did Tris stay on a platform high up in a redwood tree in order to protect it from loggers? You’ll find the answer in part 64, 65 or 66 right here on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, January 12 at 12 midnight PST to

Just a reminder of what you can win here: $5 goes to a randomly picked winner for each of the questions, while a grand prize of a $200 Amazon gift card goes to the grand prize winner, picked from all the correct entries at the end of the contest (when we finish the book). The second prize is $100 and the third prize is $50. With prizes like that, it pays to participate every week.


Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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One thought on “2013 In Pictures

  1. Naznin Azeez

    Nice post and congrats on the release of Saving Raine, Fred!. Have an amazing time in California. That pic looks so yum. Merry Christmas!. Also, great that Collateral Damage has been translated to German. Congrats to Teresa 🙂

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