No More Lies Blog Tour – Day Six

14th May 2019.

A terrific review and guest post for today.

Mo Mo Book Diary, says, ‘I do enjoy a good mystery and each of the Kent Fisher mysteries are brilliantly written and easy to read.  No More Lies is the fourth in the series and I enjoyed this very much. Kent Fisher is such a character!’

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Linda’s Book Bag, which has been very supportive of my novels, have put out a guest post from me, entitled, A Deadly Combination, explaining how an environmental health officer can solve a murder.

Click here to read the guest post.

In addition, a separate guest post, entitled The Book I Had To Write I produced for Nemesis Book Blog was also published today. My thanks to Kim for indulging me.

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No More Lies Blog Tour – Day Four

12th May 2019.

Two fantastic reviews today.

Stefanie at The Magic of Wor(l)ds really enjoyed No More Lies, saying it was a ‘good mystery with an ending that has you longing for another book instantly.’

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Susan at Books From Dusk Till Dawn loved the book Time completely ran away with me as I read this book as I was totally involved in solving this mystery, which came together perfectly. There are some real characters building in this series which I now care about, love it when a series affects me like that.’

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No More Lies Blog Tour – Day Three

11th May 2019.

Patrycja from The Itinerarian says Kent Fisher ‘fits in with all the “greats” of crime fiction quite perfectly as an interesting sleuth with a clear voice and style’, concluding that No More Lies is ‘a truly well written exploration of how even the smallest lies and omissions can have huge consequences.’

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No More Lies Blog Tour – Day Two

10th May 2019.

The Writer’s Alley and The Bookwormery are today’s reviewers.

Jacob from The Writer’s Alley, says, ‘I recommend this series if you like thriller/murder/mystery.’

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The Bookwormery said, ‘A thoroughly entertaining, cosy-ish crime thriller by Robert Crouch, with some great one liners and a clever plot.’

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No More Lies Blog Tour – Day One

9th May 2019.

Sonya at A Lover of Books, said ‘Somehow I don’t think I could ever tire of this series.’

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Donna’s Book Blog thought the characters were really great and worked so well together, bringing the story to life.

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Wealden Writers, 5th April 2019, 2pm start

Wealden Writers have invited me to talk at their meeting on 5th April 2019.

The meeting will be held at the Gospel Mission,

If you’re in the area and interested in learning more about the Kent Fisher series, please come along. There’s no charge.


How much planning goes into the Kent Fisher Mysteries?

The simple answer is it depends.

No Remorse, the latest novel, started with an opening line and a luxury residential home as a setting. I knew there would be a trail to follow into Anthony Trimble’s past, but little idea what Kent would uncover. Not much planning.

By contrast, I had at least two Lever Arch files of handwritten notes and a lot on computer for No Accident. This was partly because I wrote the story after No Bodies, which then became the second novel. I needed to dovetail No Accident into the second story, which required a lot of plotting and planning.

You may also have read that in No Accident, Kent couldn’t find the clues to solve the murder, it was so cleverly plotted. I made three attempts to overcome this problem, writing reams of notes, considering different ideas until I lost the will to live. It was only after Penmore Press offered me a contract to publish No Accident that I found the answer.

Similarly, No Bodies was planned in some detail. With two main plots and a number of subplots to deliver, the story could have come off the rails. And, having now written No Accident, a lot of issues in the back story had changed. For instance, in the original No Bodies, Kent was in love with Gemma’s mother, Sarah, the local vet. The tension was Gemma’s antagonism to this and threats to tell her mother what she and Kent had got up to.

Once I dropped this subplot, large parts of the novel needed changing. Every little change had a bigger impact and in the end, I pretty much rewrote the whole of No Bodies to fit in with the legacy left by No Accident. Rather ironic, as it turned out.

No Remorse had no such issues to deal with, which is probably why I didn’t plan it. But, I couldn’t ignore the backstory as I soon came to realise. And it’s the backstory which has occupied most of my thoughts as I prepare to write No More Lies. So, quite a few pages of notes and ideas to consider.

I’ll address the backstory issues as I write the next novel. I’ve found that I often abandon any plans I make, usually because something better comes to mind while I write. And the characters in the story have a habit of doing what they want, which means they have become living, breathing people.

And, as anyone who knows me will tell you, no one knows what I’ll do, including me. That’s what makes writing the Kent Fisher novels so much fun. I hope it shows when you read the stories.

30th January 2019 – No More Lies

Completed the first draft of Kent Fisher #4, No More Lies.

What a journey from vague ideas and plans to fully fleshed novel. During the first few months last year, it felt like I would never get to grips with this story of faith, trust and lies. After three false starts and as many titles, I had a lightbulb moment. At last I understood the real theme of the story and found my feet. From there, it became a more decisive process.

On a couple of occasions I wondered if this would be the last Kent Fisher mystery novel. But since writing The End I’ve had a few ideas for Kent Fisher #5, provisionally titled No Mercy, so it shouldn’t be long before I’m sending him on his next adventure. It promises to be another twisting ride into danger with much more focus on his environmental health work.

In the meantime, No More Lies remains on a shelf in the cupboard. In a couple of weeks, I’ll read it from cover to cover, plastering the pages with notes and memos to help with the editing and revisions. From here it’s a journey to my editor, Liz, for her thoughts and comments, before final revisions and preparations for publication in May. The cover will prove a challenge, trying to capture the essence of a complex story, so I’m open to ideas …