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!
Good morning! And today is one of the final readings of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder. Next week there might be a sneak peek of Book 2 which is out at the end of this month. Have a lovely day and enjoy the rest of the week. Click here for the full reading.
This was a fabulous interview with this great blog. We chatted about all sorts from humour at inappropriate moments, to death, grief, mother and daughter relationships and murder boards. Something for all the family! Enjoy. For the full interview, click here.
Really excited to be an international guest author on this fantastic magazine. There’s some brilliant articles and interviews about writing and the road to getting published. Click here to read the full article.
I’ve been doing these readings since the first lockdown, once a week, nearly every week. So we’re nearing the end of this book. And that’s just in time for book 2 – Body on the Island – which is out next month! Click here to see the reading.
I’ve been doing these readings every week since the first lockdown. We’re coming perilously close to the end. So this may be one of your last chances to see my lockdown hair! Hope you enjoy it. And the reading. Click here.
I was incredibly honoured that The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder was announced as Book of the Year 2020 by In Search of the Classic Mystery. I shared the prize with Robert Thorogood (creator of Death in Paradise) with his book The Marlow Murder Club which is a fantastic book! Robert was incredibly kind about my book too. So that was a fantastic end to 2020!. To see the list of all the books in the running, click here to go to the website. There are some wonderul books in this list, many of which are on my book pile. This is a fabulous website that explores classic murder mysteries, both past and present. If you’re a fan of GAD you’ll love it!
I’m absolutely thrilled that The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder is one of the Puzzle Doctor’s books of the year. This is an amazing crime reviewer and a real connoisseur of Golden Age detective novels so I feel incredibly honoured. What a nice Christmas present! Thank you and Merry Christmas everyone.
You can see all his reviews here and his other choices for books of the year here
Here’s the latest reading of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder and this week it’s next to the Christmas tree! Hope you enjoy and see you next week for a special Christmas reading where I may even get the Christmas jumper on! Click here. for reading.