Writing by talking

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

Review: SPARE ME THE TRUTH

Tomorrow I’ll be putting up a review of my year for 2015, running through my favourite books of the year, but I have one problem. One of the books I read was stunning, was thrilling, and I should have mentioned it … except I couldn’t, really. The damn thing wasn’t published last year! Caroline Carver … Continue reading

Review: The Girl Who Wasn’t There

ISBN: 978 0 349 14046 9 Published by Abacus, an imprint of Little, Brown   There are some books that grip from the first page, some that intrigue and keep you reading. Of course there are the others that deserve the Dorothy Parker quote “This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly, it should be … Continue reading

Interview with MANDA SCOTT

This week I’m really proud to be talking to a writer I’ve admired for many years: Manda Scott, author of brilliant Roman stories, the re-inventor of Boudica, and now the writer of INTO THE FIRE, a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc (you can read my review here). MJ – Manda, could you tell us … Continue reading

Interview with Karen Maitland

I was lucky enough to meet Karen Maitland some years ago at the Lincoln Festival, and we hit it off immediately. We had a great afternoon with a large audience, and at the end of it, I invited her to join Medieval Murderers. Since then, she’s been a hugely popular member of our group. However, … Continue reading

Books for Christmas!

Well, I hate to remind you, but it is coming close to that time of year again. Christmas. Now, of course, I mean that it’s time to go out and make someone happy. Giving presents is a heart-warming thing. It produces a feeling of well-being, an atmosphere of happiness, a sense that all is right … Continue reading

Today I Lost a Fan

This is horrible. This morning I got an email from a guy I’ve known a while now. He said that because I was showing my ‘middle finger’ to all my loyal readers and fans, he was going to stop collecting and reading my books. The reason? Some time ago an author in America called Douglas Preston … Continue reading

Victim Law

Today there’s a lot of hoohah about a judge who, while thinking his microphone was off, made a comment. It’s common enough. Comments are common. Especially when that microphone is supposed to be off. Ask any politician. The case involved a family whose 21 year old son was murdered. The case isn’t disputed thus far. … Continue reading

A Winter Kill – Review

One of the really great things about travelling to the US and Canada is having the chance to discover new writers I’d never usually meet. And the last trip to Canada was one of those opportunities I couldn’t miss. Although it’s not easy to carry home roughly twenty books, I did manage it. I’ve already … Continue reading

REVIEW: SHE DEMONS by Donald Hauka, published by Dundurn Press

REVIEW: SHE DEMONS by Donald Hauka, published by Dundurn Press ISBN: 9781554887637, £6.99   While I was cavorting in crime with the Crime Writers of Canada in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be given books in my goody bag by a number of authors I’d never heard of. This is always … Continue reading