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

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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!

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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

Nose to the Grindstone

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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

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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

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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

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Chronodex for Michael Jecks

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…

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…

Writing by talking

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Occasionally I get requests for interviews and get books sent through to review. I’m delighted to have Altar of Blood by Anthony Riches, which I’ll have to review very soon. But before that, I managed to get a blog post from a rather remarkable writing duo, AJ MacKenzie. They are the husband and wife team of Marilyn … Continue reading

Another Week, Another Edit

Last week I was glad to finish one edit – this week I have another. It’s one of the more accurate observations, the fact that all writing is rewriting. I estimated that my first novel was the result of reading and rereading my manuscript somewhere in the region of thirty five times. By the end … Continue reading