Getting to know Jenny O’Brien – author of Missing in Wales @ScribblerJB

I’ve known Jenny on social media for some time now. I was familiar with her as a romance author, but last year, I was excited to see she was bringing out a thriller. The Stepsister had me reading late into the night; you can get a copy here. Jenny’s latest, Missing in Wales, is just … More Getting to know Jenny O’Brien – author of Missing in Wales @ScribblerJB

Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Last weekend I had a thoroughly self-indulgent time attending a talk by Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson. Hannah has recently written Closed Casket, her second Hercule Poirot mystery, commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited. Meanwhile Dawson’s latest book, The Crime Writer, is about novelist Patricia Highsmith, and according to The Guardian “achieves a wonderful blurring of … More Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Mystery fiction – selecting a sleuth

I’ve loved crime fiction since I was a child, and wrote about my first encounter with the genre – through Stephen Chance’s Septimus and the Danedyke Mystery – here. The hero of that book is a police-officer-turned-vicar. Over the years I’ve enjoyed mysteries with all sorts of protagonists, from police detectives like Ian Rankin’s Rebus and Donna Leon’s Brunetti, … More Mystery fiction – selecting a sleuth

Six top writing tips (& Happy Birthday Choc Lit!)

Today marks the sixth birthday of my publisher, Choc Lit, and we’re all celebrating. There’s a birthday round robin story to follow on Choc Lit’s blog and you can also join in by checking out #choclitparty on Twitter. And in a tenuous birthday link, I’m sharing the six bits of writing advice I’ve found most useful over the years. … More Six top writing tips (& Happy Birthday Choc Lit!)

Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight

I recently finished Joyland, by Stephen King. It’s only the second novel of his that I’ve read, the first being 11 22 63. I can’t think why I didn’t start sooner. Neither of these particular examples belong to the genre that King’s most famous for, but each has elements that waive the normal scientific rules … More Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight