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    Down but Not Out: Simon Brett, Writers and Depression

    March 31, 2018

    I was surprised, and moved, to read an article about depression by one of my favourite authors, Simon Brett, in the most recent edition of Red Herrings, the Crime Writers’ Association newsletter. Simon Brett has written over 200 novels, including the very successful Mrs Pargeter, Charles Paris, and Fethering series, beautifully crafted strings of cozy crime novels that I wish fervently I could have written myself. It was humbling to hear of his own struggles and crises of faith over…

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    Cocktails with the Courtaulds

    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…

    January 16, 2018
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    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
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    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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    Death in Dulwich – publication day

    So yesterday was the official publication day for Death in Dulwich and, as well as a virtual Facebook party, I had a real life launch at the wonderful Village Books in the heart of…

    September 7, 2017
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    Meet the Author: Katharine Johnson

    It’s lovely to welcome Katharine Johnson to my blog today as part of my occasional Meet the Author series. Katharine is a journalist with a passion for crime novels, old houses and all things…

    August 27, 2017
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    Pretty please!

    So you’ve just finished the last word of the last page of the last chapter of your book on your Kindle, and you’re about to press the off switch and settle back on your…

    August 2, 2017
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    Death in Dulwich

    I’m really excited to say that my new novel, Death in Dulwich, is coming out on 6th September, thanks to my lovely publishers Crooked Cat. Although it’s a whodunnit, Death in Dulwich is a…

    May 17, 2017
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    Death in Dulwich

      I’m very thrilled to say that I’ve found a really lovely home for my new book, a whodunnit – it’s being brought out later this year by Crooked Cat Books. They’re a great independent…

    February 8, 2017
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    Smile

    I love Tara’s gallery but I can’t often enter. My pictures are always rubbish, you see, and I never put photos of my children on my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great when…

    September 22, 2010