Reviews and posts from the No More Lies blog tour

Somehow I don’t think I could ever tire of this series – A Lover of Books

A really enjoyable read – Donna’s Book Blog

I recommend this series if you like thriller/murder/mystery – The Writer’s Alley

A thoroughly entertaining, cosy-ish crime thriller – The Bookwormery

Fits in with all the “greats” of crime fiction quite perfectly as an interesting sleuth with a clear voice and style – The Itinerarian

Good mystery with an ending that has you longing for another book instantly – The Magic of Wor(l)ds

There are some real characters building in this series which I now care about, love it when a series affects me like that – Books from Dusk till Dawn

This has that classic ‘whodunnit’ feel but in a modern setting – Me and my Books

How an environmental health officer can solve a murder – a guest post at Linda’s Book Bag.

Each of the Kent Fisher mysteries is brilliantly written and easy to read – Mo Mo Book Diary

The Book I Had To Write – a guest post on Nemesis Book Blog

With secrets to uncover, laughter, passion and some lovely creatures to add to the mix, this is definitely one story to read – Lacy Ace Book Reviews

Avoiding Jessica Fletcher Syndrome – a guest post on The Tattooed Book Geek

I loved it and it definitely hooked me into wanting to read the next book – The Caffeinated Reader

A great read with a kind of cosy mystery feel – Curled Up with a Good Book

 

Reviews from the No Remorse blog tour

Check out the reviews and guest posts from the No Remorse blog tour, 7th to 18th May, 2018.

Dear BBC, please make these into a top quality drama – Booksaremycwtches

This book is a brilliant read – Black Books Blog

A light hearted and entertaining mystery with deaths and danger aplenty –  My Reading Corner

Guest post on LJ Ross, Author Introductions

An engrossing puzzle with some intriguing twists and a real sense of danger – Hair Past a Freckle

Enough intrigue to keep you hooked from start to finishNovel Deelights.

The characters were really great – Donnasbookblog

Kept me guessing until the endKatiesbookcavereviews

Guest post at Love Books Group

A great sense of tension, suspense and drama. Highly Recommended – Me and My Books

An addictive read which you will find hard to put downA Lover of Books.

This one is the best so farIgnite Books.

A strong plotted book that kept me turning those pages – Orchard Book Club

No Bodies Reviews, post and author interview

Reviews, guest posts and interview from the No Bodies blog tour, 19th October to 2nd November 2017.

A brilliant read – Black Books Blog

Robert Crouch is fast becoming a favourite author – A Lover of Books

The inspiration and creation of Kent Fisher guest post – Love Books Group

Kent Fisher is a wonderful creation and unique in crime literature – Booksaremycwtches

Kept me gripped from start to finish – Me and My Books

Easy writing style with a mix of humour – Ali The Dragon Slayer

An interview with Ronnie Turner

Had me hooked from start to finish – Novel Deelights

You will inevitably be entranced with the journey – CJPPublishing

Left me with more questions with every page turned – Bits About Books

No police. No private eye. No murder. A guest post on Linda’s Book Bag

I really enjoy this series and look forward to more – Kath Middleton Books

It’s a very intriguing and entertaining read – My Reading Corner

A book which will be hard for any reader to put down – Sweet Little Book

 

Reviews and posts from the blogtour

Check out the links to read the full reviews and posts from the No Accident blog tour between 20-30th August 2017.

An extraordinary detective thriller – Bits About Books.

A clever, original and highly enjoyable thriller – Booksaremycwtches.

Could an environmental health officer solve a murder? – Anne bonny Book Reviews

I enjoyed the humour scattered throughout – Ali – The Dragon Slayer

An entertaining and enjoyable mystery – Novel Deelights

A different concept to a crime story – Sweet Little Books

I have a new fictional hero! – Ignite Bookblog

I warmed to Kent Fisher straight away  – A Lover of Books

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.