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.

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

River of Dreams

River of Dreams

5th July 2019 – Songs that changed my life Sometimes you listen to a song and it has a special significance, a deeper resonance. It touches you in a way ...
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Silent Running

unless you count the panting. 23rd June 2019. The highlight of the week was last Sunday’s Race for Life, when Carol and I ran 10K around Hampden Park in Eastbourne ...
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Back in the groove

Or why I took a two month break from Robservations. 14th June 2019. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. In early April my thoughts turned to the ...
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Talk and listen

Let’s talk about listening

There’s an adage that says you have two ears and one mouth – use them in those proportions. Sound advice, you might say, but us writers have our pens and ...
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How I rewrote my future.

Did I really write that? Well, no one else did. It’s your name and title on the front cover. I could blame Harvey, my adorable West Highland white terrier, who ...
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Running Commentary

I learnt to run as a child, mainly to escape from the kids who didn’t like my stories and jokes. In time, this led to my selection for the school’s ...
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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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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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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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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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