Writing Methods

Many years ago I remember chatting with David Hewson about writing tools. Indeed, it was David who persuaded me that it would be a good idea for me to ditch Word and instead start to write using Scrivener. I have never regretted that move. However other approaches always fascinate me. David at the time told … Continue reading

A Murder Too Soon

I had a great time on Saturday. It is, I have to admit, a pain to have to work over weekends. It’s not as if, being self-employed, I can take time in lieu or win back spare time with the family, but going out and meeting people at events is enormous fun, and when there … Continue reading

Review: SUMMARY JUSTICE by John Fairfax, published by Little Brown

ISBN: 9781408708729 for the hardback priced £16.99 I have not read any books by John Fairfax before, so this came as a bit of a surprise. As a tagline, choosing “William Benson is a criminal barrister with a difference. He has a murder conviction of his own” takes some beating. We are introduced to William … Continue reading

Review: THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett

THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett, published by Bantam Press ISBN: Hardback 9780593063477 RRP £12.99; ebook 9781409043034 at £7.99 on Amazon Simon Beckett is now a “European phenomenon, selling over 6 million copies in Germany alone”, according to the publisher’s blurb on the press release. Yes, I know, I don’t take much notice of such comments either. … Continue reading

Review: AMNESIA by Michael Ridpath, published by Corvus in May 2017

Trade Paperback: 9781782397564  at £12.99 ebook: 9781782397571  at  £5.99 Okay, I have a confession to make here. I hadn’t heard of Michael Ridpath when he first started writing. I was a lowly author of three or four books, and it was my sister-in-law who persuaded me to pick up a copy of THE MARKET MAKER … Continue reading

Review: When She Was Bad

Review: WHEN SHE WAS BAD, Tammy Cohen, published by Black Swan There are many styles of crime books. I tend to write historical and spy thrillers, others write gritty, noir contemporary crime, some stick to psychological suspense, or to straightforward cosy stories. I am always keen to find a book that is a little different, … Continue reading

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

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

Act Of Vengeance by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
Jack Case. Scavenger. When the Cold War ended, he was superfluous to the needs of British Intelligence, but post 9/11 the rapid need for new recruits led to mistakes being made by those new agents. And someone was needed to clear up after those mistakes…