A big thank you to all the people who came to Stoke library on Thursday for the murder mystery night.
I had a great time, and was thoroughly impressed with the cunning plot the Stoke Writers Group came up with.
I was equally impressed how many people in the audience were so quickly on the trail of the killer, discarding the various red herrings and discerning the true motive with ruthless efficiency. It's heartening to know we have plenty of fine amateur detectives out there!
Thanks also for your kind reaction to my own scribblings. I was delighted so... Read more
Now this sounds like fun! The folk at Stoke Library in Plymouth have written their own murder mystery, which they're inviting you to have a go at solving.
I've been asked to come along and host the event, which will be my pleasure. I've already seen the plot, and it's a cunning one, which I can certainly say is worth trying to work out. I may even borrow a bit of it for a book one day! It's all based around Plymouth, and I won't give too much away, but it involves sordid secrets, drugs, sex and lots of other... Read more
A quick word of thanks to everyone who's got in touch to let me know what they thought of The Judgement Book.
I'm pleased - delighted in fact - that you've been almost entirely positive.
It's a nerve wracking time, when the book is first published, people start reading it and coming forward with their views. In the world of the internet and email, it's so much easier to air your opinions these days. So much work goes into writing and editing the book, but the real moment - the judgement moment, if you like! - only comes when people... Read more
...which you won't find at all surprising, coming from me.
But we're talking Talking Books again, as it were.
Firstly, an apology for being silent for a while. The reason is that I've got quite a bit on at the moment. There's the first new book of next year to get sorted, or the initial draft, at least. It's due in with the publishers by the end of the month, which means it's controlled panic time.
Well, mostly controlled! Some days more so than others.
More about the new book in future blogs.
The other thing that's been occupying... Read more
For quite a while now, people have been asking me when the tvdetective series is going to be turned into talking books. I've come to understand how many folk have difficulties with their sight, or just fancy listening to them as they drive, or curl up to sleep.
I've always been keen to see the series as talking books, but the negotiations have taken quite a while - apologies about that. It's all commerce stuff, of which I understand little.
I also made a rod for my own back. When I was first asked about adapting the series,... Read more
And now, the end is near...
Or here, in fact. So ends my little tour to promote The Judgement Book - I've enjoyed it greatly, but I'm feeling like I need a holiday now!
A big thank you to the kind people of Appledore, who made me so very welcome at the Book Festival. They take pride in calling it the "friendly festival", and I can certainly see why. It was a delight to be there.
In fact, many thanks to all who hosted me on my travels. I hope you enjoyed our meetings, and hope too to see you... Read more
...are great, particularly when you're off work.
As I am, and just heading to Appledore for the Book Festival, to talk about The Judgement Book, and lots of other stuff.
I'm performing at 6pm, if you're interested in an evening out - I think I can promise some reasonable entertainment!
Just agonising over what to wear - I am such a fuss at that. I'll work something out... it probably won't match, or coordinate, but then I never really got the hang of fashion.
As you may have noticed!
Have a fine weekend, whatever you're doing...Read more