Review: THE DRY by Jane Harper, published by Little Brown

ISBN: 978 1408 708170 I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again many more times, but it’s worth putting in as an introduction for the first review of every year: I do not review books I don’t like. It is not because I am a particularly kind reviewer. No, there are two reasons … Continue reading

Christmas Giveaway!

This year has been busy, very busy. I’ve published Rebellion’s Message, and Blood of the Innocents, while also writing the first in a new Crusaders series, a second in the Blackjack, Bloody Mary series, and two other books that will hopefully hit a shelf near you in the coming year. Oh, and planning a new historical, a … Continue reading

In Praise of Crime

I’m in the middle of writing another book just now, the follow up to Rebellion’s Message, in which the often confused Jack Blackjack continues to try to escape a fresh series of tribulations in the early part of Bloody Mary’s reign. It got me thinking about what it is that really appeals to me about … Continue reading

Nose to the Grindstone

Yes, I know I said I was going to be writing more regularly … but just now the main writing has to be the work on the next Jack Blackjack book, which has to be complete by end November. It’s been a very bitty year, this. Little bits of work on so many different projects, … Continue reading

Beginning a New Story

This week I’m embarking on a new novel, and I’m going back to my roots. Yes, it’s a crime novel. I’ve had a few people ask me how I actually get started with a book. The simple answer is, I don’t know. The ideas begin when I have a basic concept occur to. Sometimes that … Continue reading

Back at the Desk

I’m back! Apologies for my radio silence. With the pressure of writing, as well as losing two good friends, the blog has had to take a back seat. I’ve been doing more painting than blogging. However, it doesn’t mean I’ve been slowing down. In the first quarter I managed to republish Act of Vengeance, For … Continue reading

Chronodex from Scription

Yesterday I put up a blogpost that managed to garner some 500 hits in the afternoon, to my surprise. It seems that I’m not the only guy who likes to fiddle and have a new diary format. I did not invent the Chronodex, and so I didn’t want to put up a downloadable version. However, … Continue reading

Rebellion’s Message by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
January 1554 and London is in turmoil. Mary I has been on the throne for six months but there are others who wish for a different monarch, one of a less Catholic persuasion, one who isn’t planning on marrying Philip of Spain. Thomas Wyatt is…

Review: ALTAR OF BLOOD by Anthony Riches

I have written before about books arriving when I really don’t need them. So often they are books that are entirely inappropriate. Say a book that is historical, and since I am known as a historical writer, they will send it to me. The trouble is, it’s historical romance, or it’s historical-ish, and has a … Continue reading

Chronodex

There are some tools which make sense to individuals but don’t for other people. I personally love my Apple computers (when they work) and my Nikon DSLR. I adore fountain pens and ink, and I love my Midori – oh, and my strange diary. Years ago when I was a salesman, I used to have a diary. … Continue reading