It's only half way through the year - and isn't June wonderful, with the long and light days? - but already I'm being asked to think about next year.

That's one of the greatest differences between the worlds of publishing and journalism.  In publishing, there are lead up times of anything up to two years for a book, and sometimes even more.  In journalism a story breaks and you just go cover it.  A lead up time is a rare luxury!

Anyway, as I was saying, next year.  A new book has been ordered, which is great to know - it makes me feel I must be doing something right!  The problem now of course is waiting for the elusive concept called inspiration.

And it can feel like a long and frustrating wait...

However!  The good news is that I think the idea thing for the new book has finally decided to grace me with an appearance, and it's shaping up nicely.  It'll be another tvdetective adventure, but probably the most difficult, and possibly most shocking case that Dan and Adam have come up against so far. 

I won't give away too much at this stage - not least because I'm not entirely sure how it's all going to come out myself! - but I think there might well be a terrorism theme to it...