Writing

    Cocktails with the Courtaulds

    January 16, 2018

    I’ve always loved poking around stately homes at weekends and now I’m also always on the lookout for potential locations for grisly scenes in my London Murder Mystery Series, so it was great fun visiting Eltham Palace recently. Unfortunately, we picked a perishingly cold Sunday for our trip, not realising that English Heritage would consider it entirely unnecessary to heat the place. Eltham Palace is a curious hybrid of 1030s show home and medieval palace, partly the kind of place…

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    Meet the Author – Lizzie Chantree

    A big hello to my featured author today, Lizzie Chantree. Lizzie is a fully-fledged entrepreneur as well as a successful novelist with four books to her name already. Lizzie is kicking off with 5…

    January 10, 2018
  • Writing

    St Ives

    I’m not, by a million miles, the first person to fall in love with St Ives, but maybe I’m the only one for some time who has no claim to adore its surf, its…

    January 3, 2018
  • Writing

    The Girl in the Gallery

    I’ve tried to minimise the number of posts I’ve done here banging on about my books, but I’m sorry, today is publication day for book number two in my London Murder Mystery series so…

    December 19, 2017
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    Six Top Tips on Writing A Book

    I love those posts you see on Twitter, promising to show you ‘5 Ways to Become Super-Wealthy’ or ‘Ten Top Tips to become Irresistibly Gorgeous.’ I know they don’t actually deliver, but I can’t…

    December 11, 2017
  • Blog Reviews

    Moomins at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Although I don’t live in Dulwich any more (haven’t you heard? There’ve been a lot of murders there lately…) I pop back as often as I can, partly to replenish stocks of my book,…

    December 2, 2017
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    Meet the Author – Heidi Catherine

    It’s a great pleasure to introduce Australian writer, Heidi Catherine, in one of my occasional Meet the Author spots. Heidi has written The Soulweaver, a really mesmerising tale about reincarnation, which will be published…

    December 1, 2017
  • Reviews

    Murder on the Orient Excess

    It’s been three days now since I watched the blockbusting new film Murder on the Orient Express but I still haven’t got Kenneth Branagh’s moustache out of my mind. I know it’s a mistake…

    November 15, 2017
  • Reviews

    Have We Got News For You

    I’ve hesitated to write about this, but I was really upset by BBC1’s Have I Got News For You last night. It had been a tiring but good week, and I wanted something funny…

    November 4, 2017
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    #JustToSay Thank you, Cadbury’s Roses

    As you know, we’re massive chocoholics here and don’t need much persuading to try anything new that Cadbury’s have to offer. Roses chocolates are not exactly unheard of, as they’ve been going since, gasp,…

    November 1, 2017