Release the fog!!! Well, on pre-order anyway…

So, yesterday I pushed the button. Sherlock Holmes and the Deathly Fog, the second instalment in my Halloween Sherlock series (yes, I have decided it's a series), is now available to pre-order, and will launch in September! Just in case the header image on here has done weird things to it, here is the book cover in full: …

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Match Point: a tennis tale

As Wimbledon's on, here is a little flash story I wrote a while ago. Imagine it narrated by your favourite tennis commentator! Match Point   ‘Get out of the way, Marnie!’ Dylan shouts, pointing his racket at her. ‘I want to plaaaaaaayyy…’ Marnie whines, Bambi eyes pleading. ‘No. You’re too small. You’ll probably hurt yourself, …

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Something for the weekend

'Whoa, what's that?' I hear you cry. 'What's that picture with Book News over the top of it?' Only I'm sure you expressed it so much better than I just did. Just a couple of things to take us into the weekend. The first is that I have a Kindle Countdown Deal running on my Sherlock …

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Book birthday – and a giveaway!

It's no April Fool - The Secret Notebook Of Sherlock Holmes is one year old today! *plays slightly out-of-tune chord on violin* (it's been a while) To celebrate, the ebook is 99c/99p/equivalent on Amazon today (Saturday 1 April) - plus I'm running a paperback giveaway! So if you fancy a signed copy, all you have to do for …

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An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming …

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An Invitation Refused: a short story for Valentine’s Day

Here's a daft little story I wrote a while back, a version of a fairytale which you might recognise. Hope you enjoy it! An Invitation Refused 'You shall go to the ball!' The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand. Cinderella stared. 'Really?' 'Oh yes,' replied the benevolent dame. 'Pazowie!' With a few swirls of her wand …

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My first writing workshop!

So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, …

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Sherlock boxset Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon.com today!

Just dropping in to say that this weekend I have a Kindle Countdown Deal running for the Sherlock boxset I've put together.  The boxset contains The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes and A Jar of Thursday, and right now it's available for 99c at Amazon.com ONLY. Click here to snap yours up: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M10QNP2. At some point this weekend the …

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Mwahaha! The Case of the Snow-White Lady is released!

Look, it's nearly Halloween, cut me some slack here! This story wasn't supposed to happen at all. I was planning to write a nice modern mystery, and in preparation I went to an excellent lecture by Kathryn Harkup called 'A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie', part of the Daresbury Laboratory Talking Science series (there's …

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