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The Starlings and Other Stories

A collection of first rate short stories inspired by stunning landscape pictures. Includes my own offering: The Man Who Didn’t Breathe. The idea for the book came from Ann Cleeves, creator of Shetland and Vera, who met the photographer, David Wilson, at a party. They talked about the way in which his pictures captured a certain Gothic mystery in the Welsh landscape. Ann is one of a group of writers called The Usual Suspects. Each was given the book and asked to pick a picture and write a story inspired by the image. Each one of the 'suspects' chose a another crime author, so that the eventual collection would number a dozen. Chris Simms was kind enough to pick me. I hope you enjoy all the stories.