Another apology

Is it me, or do I seem to be spending a lot of time apologising, of late?!

Well, firstly I'm back from hols - I had a great time, fab weather etc.  Managed to do some work on the next book while away too, (that's the one for next year, 2011) and I think I've got a decent looking plot with some strong characters. 

In fact, I got so into the idea, and it's made such progress, that I'm starting to write some of it now.  So, that's where the apology comes in - sorry if I'm not in... Read more

Hols, talks and an apology

Friday morning, blue sky, a good night's rest, a day off to look forward to, and I'm feeling refreshed - I needed a break after the last two weeks of work.  It's been busy indeed with the election campaign in full flow.

I'm off on a week's hols now, so excuse me if I'm out of touch for a while.  I'm visiting family, but also going to a wedding next weekend, so probably won't be back with you until after then.

A couple of bits of news in the meantime - Crime Fiction week (14th - 20th June) is filling... Read more


A little note for your diary, if you're in the west Dorset area and fancy an evening's entertainment.

Next week (Tues, 20th April), I'll be at the Eype Literary Festival, presenting a talk about the tvdetective books, and signing copies.

I'm very much looking forward to the visit.  I've always loved Dorset, ever since I was first posted there as a trainee journalist, many years ago. 

So, it'll be a pleasure to come back, particularly if this fine weather persists and allows for taking in some of the fabulous Jurassic coast.  For more details of the event, see the... Read more

A promise

A lovely question came through this week, from a lady who's reading The Death Pictures.

I won't tell you her name, but it went along the lines of - is it actually possible to solve the riddle from the clues in the book?

I've answered the email, but wanted to mention it on the blog because it's a point of great importance to me.  The answer is a resounding YES!

I don't want to sound like a politician, but I do promise you this.  In each and every one of my books, there will always be the clues which enable... Read more

Easter writing

Well, that was an enjoyable Easter break, aside from the weather.  Did no one mention to the elements that it's supposed to be spring?!

I had most of the time off, but incorporated it with doing some book bits.  I'm working up ideas for the new tvdetective novel for next year, and decided to spend time on the characters.

I particularly like this part, as it involves a favoured passtime of mine - people watching.  Whenever I go out, I always take a piece of paper and pen and note down little ideas.  They can be a mannerism, a... Read more

Crime Fiction Week

The plans for national Crime Fiction week are shaping up nicely.  Crime writers are putting on events across Britain.

I've signed up for two (so far!), in Tavistock and Exmouth.  There are details on the events page -

But I also wanted to mention, if you'd like to host or hold an event as part of the week (14th - 20th June) do get in touch via the contact page -  and I'll see what I can do to help.

Don't forget too the beautiful Eype Literary Festival, where I'm appearing on the evening of 20th... Read more