A fresh approach to crime fiction

No more waiting

One of my longest and most cherished ambitions should be fulfilled tomorrow when, all being well, No Accident is published.

I say ‘all being well’, because like Kent Fisher, I don’t believe anything until I can see or touch it. And while it’s exciting, I’ll be focused on putting links on my website to make it as easy as possible for people to get to the book with a single click. I’ll add links for all the platforms where the book can be found, not just Amazon, and for the UK and USA.

If you’re interested in getting a copy, keep watching the website or Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t already, you can like my author page or follow me on Twitter to keep up to date.

If you like the story then it would be great if you could take a few minutes to post a review. Just say why you liked it and give it a rating. Reviews are crucial to all new authors as they can help others make choices about a book, especially from authors they know nothing about. As the number of reviews increases, Amazon is more likely to raise the profile and even promote/recommend the book to readers. This is how word spreads to help new authors get noticed.

My next Kent Fisher mystery, No Accident, is progressing well. I spend 4-5 hours each weekday morning writing the first draft and I’m almost up to halfway. Please visit the page on my website to keep tabs on the book.





I’m also putting the finishing touches to the first issue of The Tollingdon Tribune, my email newsletter, which will include

  • the latest on No Accident and the second mystery, No Bodies
  • more about some of the characters in the stories
  • answers to a couple of questions I’ve been asked about writing
  • a walk along the coast to get that iconic view of the Seven Sisters, featured in the banner of my website.

If you’re not one the people who’ve signed up so far, there’s a form on the main page of the website. I won’t send you any other emails or share your email address with third parties.

If there’s anything you want to know about the mysteries, characters or about my work, then please get in touch via the Contact page on the website or social media.

Highlights of the week

Sue Grafton

Yesterday, I sent a message to Sue Grafton, my favourite author, and creator of the Kinsey Millhone, alphabet series of novels. I thanked her for the wonderful stories she’s written and explained how she’d inspired me to create my own detective, culminating in the release of my first novel. I never expected to get a reply, but today, she sent me a message, congratulating me on the novel and wishing me a long and productive career.

Needless to say, I’m chuffed to bits.



DCI Morton

The other highlight concerns Dan and Sean Campbell, authors of the DCI Morton series of books, including Dead on Demand, which I’m currently reading and enjoying.

They interviewed me this week and the results are on their website, where you find out more about them and their books. They ask some interesting and probing questions and I hope to interview them in the not too distant future.



Crime Fiction Lover promoted No Accident this week:

“Expect sharp dialogue and irreverent humour in this whodunnit which manages to pay homage to the traditional murder mystery, while striking a contemporary and irreverent note.”

Chuffed again!


Well, that’s about it for this week. Tomorrow, I‘ll wait with bated breath to see No Accident alongside all the other crime novels online. I’ve no idea how it will feel to see it there, but I’ll be sure to let you know in my next blog in a week’s time.



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