And so, back to work…

This has been a strange weekend. So full of fun and enjoyment, but all shot through with melancholy. On the 4th of October, Beryl Joan Jecks, mother to four boys and foster-mother to Caroline, died. It was unpleasant seeing such a happy, vibrant lady fade away. The funeral was held on Friday. It was hard, as … Continue reading

Review: HEARTS OF STONE by Simon Scarrow

As I have said before, I will only review books I’ve enjoyed. Well … I’m a novelist, and I’ve written enough books to cost half the Amazon rainforest. That, for me, means I’m pretty hard to please. Especially in my chosen specialist subject of the historical story. Historicals for me create a number of problems. … Continue reading


I’m in the middle of preparing for an interview with Simon Scarrow this evening at Plymouth International Book Festival. I’ve admired Simon’s work for years now, although I’ve never had a chance to meet him before, so this is going to be great fun, talking to him about his writing, his latest books, and anything … Continue reading

Harrogate and more

I have been booked for most of this year to go to the Harrogate History Festival, and I was really looking forward to it, but I’ve had to cancel. My event was to be on the 23rd, and that is the day of my mother’s funeral. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see me there. Before … Continue reading

The Outlaws Of Ennor by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
Come to the island of Ennor in the Scilly Isles in the summer of 1323. The perfect holiday spot. OK, the pirates who plague the surrounding waters are a bit of a problem. As is the local lord’s interpretation of the salvage laws – namely…

RIP Beryl Joan Jecks

A lovely, kind and generous lady passed away yesterday. She had been ill for several months, but she endured it bravely and with fortitude. She was a very special lady and is hugely missed by her husband and four sons, as well as the numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bye, mum. Beryl Jecks – 1929-2015