Alibis in the Archives at Gladstone’s Library

There are times when writing seems a doddle, and other times when all you want to do is sit down and write, but these other things get in the way … I was very grateful to be invited to the annual Alibis in the Archive event, part of Gladfest at the Gladstone Library. For one … Continue reading

Pinkerton’s Great Detective – The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland, by Beau Riffenburgh, published by Penguin Group.

  I found this book while researching the early 20th Century. It was not the book I was expecting. In the 1800s, there was a furious series of battles, more or less, between Miners in different coal and steel areas, and the companies that owned the mines, the railways, and smelting works. It was a … Continue reading

Another Review: Pilgrim’s War

Many thanks to the Puzzle Doctor for a brilliant review! Pilgrim’s War is the first in a new series, which is always a challenging book to write, but fortunately it’s getting some great reviews from professional reviewers. Many thanks to those who have enjoyed the book and taken the time to write about it! You … Continue reading

Pilgrim’s War by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on For winter nights – A bookish blog:
Simon & Schuster | 2018 (8 February) | 552p | Review copy | Buy the book It is March 1096 and the people of Sens in France gather to hear the crusading call of Peter the Hermit. The Holy City of Jerusalem is in the…

A New Year, A New Style

Those who have kept up with my recent blogs will know that I have tried a number of different approaches in recent months. First I had the brilliant idea of going to first principles and writing long hand with my fountain pens (thanks, Dante del Vecchio and Visconti), but although I was very keen on … Continue reading

Astrohaus Freewrite Give Away

This is a quick post about the Astrohaus Freewrite. Those who have followed my occasional witterings in the last few months will be aware that I have developed a fixation with the Freewrite. I’m writing this on it now. What do I love about the machine? It is robustly built from aluminium, with a keyboard … Continue reading

Saving my Sanity!

I am indebted to my brother Clive for saving my sanity this month.  How, you ask? Good question. You probably know already that I have written more than the average number of novels. 33 of them in my Templar series, I’ve a Hundred Years War trilogy, a Bloody Mary series, plus several collections, novellas and … Continue reading

Astrohaus Freewrite – Hipsters’ Bait or Worthy Device?

As readers of this blog will know, I’m an enthusiastic user of any form of technology that might help me work, whether by saving time or making me more efficient. In recent years I have tried returning to a slower, happier age by writing my books by hand. I have attempted to use typewriters, I … Continue reading

The King Of Thieves by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
1325 and danger is lurking everywhere. Sir Hugh Despenser, the power behind the throne of Edward II, has found a way to get even with his enemies, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock, by striking at their very homes. But Baldwin and Simon…

Astrohaus Freewrite – Two Weeks In!

Okay, this is about the half way stage. Almost two weeks ago, Astrohaus were generous enough to let me have a Freewrite to test and review. When I first received it, I was very happy, mainly because it looked good and felt delightful to type on (if you want the original review, it’s here). So … Continue reading