life through a crime writer’s eyes

Robservations logoMeet Harvey, my West Highland white terrier. As well as being the inspiration for Columbo in the Kent Fisher mysteries, he often watches me writing and struggling with life’s challenges.

He’s not sure why I want to share them with you, but he would like you to spread the word if you enjoy them.

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


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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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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Life’s full of mystery stories

3rd December 2018 Fact can often be stranger than fiction. Here at Crouch Corner, they often blur during the writing week. It's not the result of alcohol or any other ...
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Traumatic times in crime fiction

25th November 2018 Like a pop star on his third final tour, Robservations is back. Holidays, and the disruption caused by works at Crouch Corner knocked me out of my ...
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