I am currently involved in some jolly correspondence with Red Herrings - the excellent magazine of the Crime Writers\' Association. Sherlock Holmes is in the news thanks to the BBC\'s imaginative and entertaining new drama series. I wrote to RH after they published the story of how Arthur Conan Doyle is supposed to have got the idea for the Hound of the Baskervilles - apparently he was told the story by a fellow golfer while playing a round at Cromer. I suggested a slightly different story - that he was told the story of Black Shuck, the Fen\'s own ghostly hound, while trapped in the...
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 07:35
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 07:17
This national initiative by the Crime Writers\' Association deserves all our support. Members of the CWA will be involved in community events across Britain. I\'m hoping to be popping up around Norfolk and Cambridgeshire - just ask at your local library for details. At the moment I\'m booked in at Hunstanton on June 17, and Lynn on the same day, but in the evening. Details to follow on this site.
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 05:30
MARCH 11. The next event in this launch-season is at the Millennium Library in Norwich. I shall be talking, answering questions, and signing books alongside fellow crime writer Patrick Lennon. Details to be posted soon on this site. Meanwhile Topping\'s of Ely still have stock of signed copies from the very successful event this last Thursday.
Friday, January 29, 2010 - 02:44
Death Watch, the second in the Shaw and Valentine series of North Norfolk crime mysteries, will be launched on March 4 in Ely. I\'ll be talking about the subject of \'Where Crime Lives\', answering questions, and signing books at St Mary\'s parish church, just across Palace Green from the cathedral in the heart of the town. Tickets on sale from Toppings Bookshop on High Street.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 05:55
I shall be talking with fellow writer Patrick Lennon about East Anglia and the crime genre at an event at the Millennium Library, Norwich, between 6.30 and 8.00pm on Thursday 11th March.Tickets cost £2 and can be purchased from the Library by calling 01603 774707 or from Waterstone\'s Norwich Castle Street on 01603 767292. The event is in conjunction with Waterstone\'s.
Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 06:17
Toppings Bookshop in Ely are now selling tickets for the laucnh of the next book - Death Watch - which will be on the evening of March 4 and hopefully in the magnificent venue that is St Mary\'s church - just across Palace Green, in front of Ely Cathedral. The following week there will be an event at the Millennium Library in Norwich - a oint event with fellow Fen writer Patrick Lennon. His website contains plenty about him and his excellent books. Detail son tickets from toppings website.
Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 03:31
We expect to launch Death Watch, the latest in the Shaw and Valentien series, in February. Toppings Book Shop in Ely have kindly agreed to organise a launch event. I will post details as soon as I have them. The third in the series - Death Toll - should be with us in February 2011. But let\'s not wish our lives away ! Happy New Year.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 12:59
Due to a rotten winter bug I could not make Audley End - I hope anyone who did go along enjoyed the other Penguin authors. Sorry again.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 05:56
Some tickets still left for a three-author Penguin panel organised as part of the Saffron Walden Literature Festival. The event is October 22, at 8pm, at the Baptist Chapel, Audley Road, Saffron Walden. Tickets through hartsevents.co.uk or 01799 523456.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 05:49
I shall be speaking at the Baptist\'s Chapel, Audley Road, Saffron Walden on October 22nd at 8.00pm. See organisers for tickets.