This weekend sees the Appledore Book Festival in north Devon. 

For a relatively new one, it's already secured an excellent reputation.  Appledore is a wonderful place, the people are amazingly friendly and there are some great hostelries to eat and drink.

Thus, I'm very much looking forward to my visit!

If you fancy coming along, I'm performing at 6pm on the Friday (2nd October), and will be talking about The Judgement Book, along with an update on plans for the new tvdetective books for next year.

I imagine I'll probably come out with some of the usual oddball anecdotes... Read more

End of tour

So, that's it, the end of my little tour to support the publication of The Judgement Book - for now, at least.

Wow, I'm tired, but also very pleased.

Lots of people came along to listen to my talks, and thank you all very much for doing so.  Even better, you were most kind - I was heartened by how many people had read the tvdetective books, and how much you said you enjoyed them.

Thank you all.  It helps give me the faith to keep writing.

From now on, I'm doing a few events, here and there -... Read more

Day off

A rare and precious thing!

No talks to give today, the first time that's happened for a while.  But I have been working, honestly. 

I'm off to London tomorrow, for another couple of gigs to help promote The Judgement Book, so I've been writing the talks for those.  I confess to being a bit of a country boy at heart, which means it can be a little nervy for me.  But every time I go out of my Devon homeland to talk to people, they're always very kind - for which I'm most grateful. 

I've also been working... Read more


...was a splendid evening, thanks to all who came along. 

I was touched with not only how many people had tried my books, but how much you knew about them. 

I even had to think carefully at a couple of points about answering your questions - some people seemed to know more about the novels than I did!

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A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the official launch of The Judgement Book in Exeter. 

I was amazed to see so many people - not to mention more than a little nervous about having to do a talk to you all!  But I think the evening went well, and I greatly enjoyed it.  It's always special to do a gig in your home town.

Thanks also to the fine folk of Exeter Library and the Devon Library Service for their support, the Old Porch Band for their music, and the Exeter Brewery for providing such... Read more

Tea, cakes and talking

Another round of thanks, this time to the fine folk of Poole, Taunton, Seaton, and Exmouth, who suffered visits from me to talk about The Judgement Book over the last few days.

The tea in Poole was the best cup I've had for ages, the home made cake in Seaton superb, the questioning in Exmouth very fine and fiery, and there was a splendid lunch in Taunton.

So thank you to everyone for organising the events, and for coming along.  I enjoyed them all, and was heartened to meet so many people who had read the tvdetective books, and even... Read more

Reading and St Ives

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Reading Crime Festival, and also the St Ives literary festival.

I greatly enjoyed both events.  It's always interesting to talk with readers about what they enjoy and also don't like in books - it helps me learn! - and other authors about what they're working on.

St Ives was stunning in the September sunshine, a real taste of the summer we never had. I treated myself to a naughty Cornish pasty, some local fish and even a Cornish ice cream too, only in the name of aiding the local economy, of... Read more


A big thank you to the fine folk of Colyton, for making me so welcome and laughing at all the right places in my talk last night.

I very much enjoyed the evening - I've not been to Colyton for ages, and was happily reminded what a beautiful town it is.  I'm flattered so many people came along when it was carnival time and you had the rival attraction of the bingo to draw you away!

From here, on the road, tomorrow to the Reading Crime Festival, then the St Ives Festival, then all over the place!  It promises to... Read more

The day!

The Judgement Book is formally published today.

I feel like it's my birthday!

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First new talk

A quick thank you to the folk of Forum 85 in Exeter, for hosting the first talk of my little tour to promote The Judgement Book.

I can now confess, I was more nervous than usual - it was almost all new material, so I was by no means sure how it would go down with an audience.  But the good people laughed, booed and grimaced in the right places, so I think all was well.

Probably most importantly, the reading I gave from Judgement Book seemed to be appreciated and enjoyed.  That's the first time any of the book... Read more

Summer & book plans for next year

Regarding summer - or, in other words, was that it?

Someone told me yesterday that it was now officially the end of summer.

I'd like them to tell me when it actually began?  Perhaps I missed it?

What it all means for me, apart from getting even wetter and colder when I'm out on the road reporting, is that it's harder to get up in the morning to do some writing.

There's something about the early morning summer light which makes it much easier to rise at just after 6, my usual getting up time.  When we're in the dark... Read more