Robservations

life through a crime writer’s eyes

Robservations logoMeet Harvey, my West Highland white terrier. He’s the inspiration for Columbo in the Kent Fisher mysteries and often watches me writing and pondering life’s mysteries.

He hopes you’ll enjoy the blog posts and want to comment and share them with friends and family.

And if you have any treats in your pocket, he’ll happily share those too.


Murder scene

The next murder mystery novel is only an idea away

Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes it feels like you can pluck them from the ether. And you can lose them just as quickly if you’re not careful. Many of my ideas ...
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The hole after the whole

Maybe I should have been a copywriter. After all, I love words and I love playing with words. No, I’m not in search of an alternative career. It’s another of ...
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Harvey

Dogged determination to write crime fiction

Last night, with forecasts of heavy drifts of snow, and ice all over the roads and pavements, I was tempted to go on the Internet to see if I could ...
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Entertaining crime fiction

There’s enough misery in the world without me adding to it. That’s why I like to escape into a fictional world. If I want gritty realism and the worst humanity ...
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Would you turn back to change your life?

If you could go back in your life and change one decision you made, which would it be? We’re not talking about buying the wrong car here. We’re talking decisions ...
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mask

How deception made me a writer

In my childhood I improvised to survive. At times my life was as fictitious as the stories I read. Pretence was sometimes the only reality. That’s what made me a ...
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Getting going by going public

Are you one of those people who like talking about your feelings and achievements? Me neither. If you’re an author, you want people to look at and buy your books ...
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New Year

New Year Realisation

28th December 2018. It never ceases to impress me how the movement of a single digit can create such a surge of optimism to tackle one of life’s most difficult ...
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Books

My favourite crime novels of 2018

21st December 2018 It may be the shortest day of the year, but here at Crouch Corner, there's a long list of crime novels to wade through if I'm to ...
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crime scene

Why crime novels grip me, or often don’t

9th December 2018 Like every other reader on the planet I love a good story. I want to be taken on an exciting journey to meet new people, see new ...
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