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You might think it’s a dog’s life being an author …

Meet Harvey, my adorable West Highland White Terrier, who often watches and listens to me wrestling with characters and plot, trying to turn ideas into fiction. He’s witnessed my struggles and my elation, never passing comment or judgement, even when I bare my soul to him.

I can’t offer you a treat for being a good listener, but I hope you’ll enjoy my Robservations on writing and life.


Clint eastwood

Alas poor Robert …

I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t know this until I was eleven and stepped onto the stage during a Drama class at school. But it wasn’t until we ...
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Carrie Fisher

When Hollywood lent a helping hand

A year ago this week, the wonderful Carrie Fisher passed away. My earliest memory of her is Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was her TV ...
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Peter James

In-credibility

If you ask people what makes a great novel, they’ll probably tell you it's characters or plot, thrills and suspense, maybe an unexpected twist or surprise, maybe the way the ...
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Chocolate muffin

Runaway success

When you think of healthy living, you don’t automatically imagine double chocolate muffins, right? Think again, as this is one of the fringe benefits of running. To most people running’s ...
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Scared to Death cover

Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

November 2017 Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay ...
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Mo Farah

Series Killers

Sometimes, I wish there were fewer books out there. It’s not because I’m a slow reader. Far from it. I can zip through the pages like Mo Farah on his ...
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Do you remember your first?

Earlier this week I had to think long and hard to remember the first crime novel I read. Author, Rachel Amphlett, who writes the Kay Hunter series, posed the question ...
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Scooby Doo Shaggy and Robert Crouch

It’s a dog’s life

It’s late April at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The sun’s beating down on a line of restless children, patiently waiting to meet their heroes. But there’s an adult sandwiched ...
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harvey sleeping

Talking Crows

One of the more humiliating experiences of my childhood was reading aloud in class. I’ve nothing against Shakespeare or Henry IV Part One, but at 15 I didn’t understand it ...
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Miss Marple photo

Being different is always the same.

When you go your own way there’s always a danger that no one will follow. Fortunately, the Blog Tour for No Bodies, which finished last week, showed a lot of ...
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