Kent Fisher and Columbo

A hero for today

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Have you ever read a book or watched a TV programme and wished you could write something as good? Neither had I until I saw the original Inspector Morse series. The superb characterisation, complex and intriguing plots, and the beautiful

The challenge of writing a series

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‘The Kent Fisher murder mysteries are a long way from the cop with a trauma, which seems to be one of the current trends in crime fiction. They’re traditional murder mysteries, driven by both character and plot to entertain readers.’

Sue Grafton

Are your novels cosy mysteries?

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When a reader first asked me this question, images of Miss Marple and tearooms in quaint country villages sprang into my head. That’s okay, I thought, because I love Miss Marple and Agatha Christie. They’re one of the reasons I

Talking authors

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It’s easy to lose sight of what matters, isn’t it? You’re focused on editing and revising your latest novel, maybe wondering how to raise your profile on social media, hoping someone will notice your books on Amazon. It’s easy to

Carrie Fisher

When Hollywood lent a helping hand

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A year ago this week, the wonderful Carrie Fisher passed away. My earliest memory of her is Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was her TV interviews with Clive James that helped me discover and appreciate