The Last Reading of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder

I know a lot of you have been kind enough to listen to me reading from this every week. I started in the first lockdown and today we reach the end! It’s been a marathon but I’ve loved doing these and thank you so much to everyone who has been watching. It’s been a real highlight of the last year for me. Thank you. Have a lovely day and I hope you enjoy this last reading. xx

A review of Body on the Island from this fantastic crime reviewer.

My new book has just been reviewed by this amazing reviewer. This is a real crime aficionado so I’m incredibly chuffed and love her analysis of the genre. And I love the fact that Body on the Island is ‘Standing Trial’!

This quote from her review has made my week!

I thought her variation of the dying message clue, was brilliantly executed in a very creative way.

You can see the full review here and there are lots of wonderful books on the rest of the site. Thank you so much.

The first live reading of Body on the Island

Good morning! I hope you’re all safe and well. As some of you know, I’ve been doing these live readings of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder for a fantastic authors’ association every week since the first lockdown and it’s been so lovely and surprising to see quite a few of you have started following along.

I don’t think at the beginning I had any idea they would go on so long! We’re now coming to the end of that book and the sequel is due to be published on 23rd February. So, from the start, here is my first live reading of Body on the Island. One day I hope to do a reading in a bookshop and you’re all very welcome to come! Until then, I continue to read to my screen every Thursday morning and hope these give a little entertainment for ten minutes with a cup of coffee at the end of the week. Have a lovely day and I hope to see you at a real live reading one day. Here’s the link to the book which is available for pre-order

And here’s the link to watch the reading.



Mont. Saint-Michel

To celebrate the launch of my next book, Body on the Island which is released on 23rd February, I’m running a competition. The first to guess the island in my book will win a signed copy of book 1 and book 2.

Island’s are fascinating, with their natural isolation and that sense of abandonment. They’re also perfect elusive settings for many books. Today’s island is Mont. Saint-Michel and is the base for Angela Carter’s magnificent story The Bloody Chamber. A fabulously gothic re-imagining of a European fairy tale, this story has a murderous marquis taking his new wife to the island where the causeway floods, leaving the castle inaccessible. There are his previous dead wives in a room she should not enter; iron maidens; and a blind piano tuner. The island quickly becomes a frightening, beautiful prison. ‘That lovely, sad, sea siren of a place!’ I won’t spoil it and tell you her fate.

Sadly, this magnificent island is not the island in my book. But which is? All the clues are in the book. Good luck!