I was thrilled to be in Aberystwyth on the weekend of 21-23 April 2023 for the first-ever in person Crime Cymru Festival. There were brilliant writers there and I enjoyed lots of the sessions. They were recorded and can now be viewed online via the festival site for only £2 per session. I was the close-up reader at the session at 9 am on Saturday, reading a 3 minute extract from Death At Castle Cove. The panel discussion which followed was fascinating. Barry Ryan is a television and film producer (recent credits include the Agatha Raisin series on TV). He contributed great insights about how books get chosen to be shown on screen. Bev Jones’ book Wilderness is shortly to be released as a six part series on Amazon Prime starring Jenna Coleman, and she talked about this exciting project. Cathy Ace’s books feature a psychologist, Cait Morgan, in a series of books which are to be produced for the screen by Barry Ryan. If you want to see the session, click here to be taken to the festival page to download the recording.
Video introduction to Death At Castle CoveNews
My introduction to Death At Castle Cove is now available on youtube. Simply click on this link
Available 8 March 2023News
My latest book, Death At Castle Cove, is published by Boldwood on 8 March. It is available at amazon and other online retailers as an ebook, paperback and audiobook (read by Deryn Edwards). Find out more on the books page, or click here to be taken to its amazon page. You can also see my video introduction to the book from the key locations on my author page here (except USA). I hope you will read it and enjoy it.
Death At Castle CoveNews
My next book, another murder mystery, is currently going through editing, cover design, and production of the audio. It is due for publication worldwide in all formats on 8 March 2023. You can already pre-order it on amazon here. I am very excited. This is the first in a series, all to be set on the Isle of Wight, featuring Susan, who loves the island, a regular dog walker who finds herself investigating a murder.
Good Neighbours Out Now!News
Good Neighbours is now on sale. As ever, you can get it as a paperback, an ebook and an audiobook from all the usual retailers. This link will take you straight to its amazon page. I recorded a Facebook live with fellow author Della Galton where I talk about the book and answer questions. You can view it here
Exciting news! My next novel is finished. It is now with the editors and a cover is being created. It will be published worldwide in all formats on 18 May 2022. You can read the blurb and pre-order by clicking on the image above. If you’re in the USA, click here
How I Write A First DraftNews
Recently I was interviewed by Anna Britton about my approach to writing, how I produce a first draft, how I moved from women’s fiction to murder mystery and more. The interview is now on YouTube here.
The Room In The AtticGreat read
This is a book I very much enjoyed recently which I highly recommend. This is my review on amazon:
This book reminded me so much of one of my favourite books ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. The Room in the Attic is a compelling, dark, heart-breaking, gripping read. I literally stayed up late into the night to finish it.
The story alternates between two stories, one a nurse caring for a little girl when the house was an asylum in 1903 and two troubled boys in the same house in 1993 when the house was a boys’ boarding school. So often with books set in different times I find myself preferring gone over the other, but this was different. Both stories were so beautifully written that I loved them both equally.
It is a beautifully crafted, well researched novel. The details of life in an asylum and attitude towards women in the early 20th century were shocking, as indeed were some of the descriptions of life in a boarding school in far more recent times.
However, it is the warmth of the relationships that develop in both timelines that will stay with me. They are beautifully written and heart breaking at times, but they give the book hope and light.
Having been through such a journey it was brilliant that, at the end, the writer gave us a glimpse into the lives of the characters after the story ended.
“As Juliet’s father lies dying, he issues her with a warning. There is a killer on the loose, and they may be closer than she can ever imagine.”
My next book, The Island, will be published by Boldwood Books on 24 June 2021 in all formats worldwide. It is now available for pre-order. If you click on the cover image above you will be taken to the Amazon uk site. I’ve recorded a short video about the book which you can view on my amazon author page here. I hope you will enjoy it, and as always I welcome reader feedback. Just click on the “Contact” tab above to let me know what you think.
Reading between the linesNews
On Sunday 28 March I took part in a live broadcast for the Reading Between The Lines Book Festival with fellow writer Diane Saxon. It is available to view here.