Three cheers for the volunteers!

Three cheers for the volunteers!

My local library is run by a band of volunteers. It is only able to open at certain times in the week but it is an excellent resource.

  • Posted On: 19 September 2018
Surprisingly, now, even places with large populations like Richmond and Catterick have what are referred to as ‘community libraries’. I assume that now means they are run by the community (rather than for the community). As a child I would borrow three books a week, exchanging them on a Saturday morning. I find myself doing the same now.  Of course I choose authors I know I will enjoy such as Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill and Sophie Hannah but I always select one book by an...

Putting the books on show

Putting the books on show

The sun shone on the 113th Muker Show on 5th September - a small but perfectly formed agricultural and horticultural show that included sheep dog trials, a local produce tent, fell races and the wonderful sound of the Muker Silver Band playing in the sunshine

  • Posted On: 6 September 2018
The annual agricultural shows in the Yorkshire Dales generally take place at the end of the summer holiday season – two of them over the August bank holiday weekend: the Wensleydale Show in Leyburn is a big affair attracting many thousands of people on the Saturday, and the Reeth show in Swaledale is smaller but remarkably popular with visitors. Last but by no means the least is the Muker Show in early September. It is a much smaller event, tucked away in Upper Swaledale but there...

Chatting to readers and signing my books

Chatting to readers and signing my books

I’ve spent the last two weekends at events in Wensleydale publicising ‘Stone Tomb’

  • Posted On: 15 August 2018
Writing is quite a lonely task – sitting for hours without speaking to anyone, staring out of the window and walking in the dales with a head full of alternative plots. Sometimes one might seem to be quite oblivious of the outside world. I keep in touch with readers by giving talks about my work – both writing and forensics – but it is a real treat to chat to readers who are avidly waiting for the next book in the series. In the last two weeks I have met people who came to...

‘Stone Tomb’ has finally been published!

‘Stone Tomb’ has finally been published!

Today is launch day for the ninth book in the series about Mills Sanderson and her investigations.

  • Posted On: 31 July 2018
Yes, it has been exciting to see the number of pre-orders arriving for both the printed and ebooks and, yes, it will be fun to meet my regular readers at my signings at Tennants on 4th & 5th August and at Berry’s Farm Shop on 12th. I will be talking to Steve Brown on Drystone Radio next Monday 6th August and something will appear in the Northern Echo/Darlington & Stockton Times in the next week. Am I excited? Yes but… I am already missing the pressure of keeping up the...

Inspiration for “Stone Tomb” comes from an underground bunker at Grinton

Inspiration for “Stone Tomb” comes from an underground bunker at Grinton

In June 2016 I attended a talk at the Reeth Museum by Shaun Richardson, who described his archaeological survey of the site. My immediate reaction was that it would make a great crime scene! Hence the title of my latest book: “Stone Tomb”.

  • Posted On: 17 July 2018

I began my writing career while carrying out forensic, archaeological, environmental and geological investigations at Imperial College, London, and I use that experience to inform the work of my protagonist, Dr Mills Sanderson, forensic archaeologist.
However, I now devote my time to my innovation company which recently received significant funding from the Government’s Industrial Innovation Strategy Fund to deploy a laser sampling tool on nuclear licensed sites. The aim is to make decommissioning of old nuclear power stations safer, cleaner, faster and more cost effective. It is therefore no coincidence there is a nuclear theme to my latest book. The crime scene is a fictional Royal Observer Corps bunker above Arkengarthdale, close to the “Tan Hill Inn”. It has remained closed for fifty years, or so Mills Sanderson believes, but when she begins an archaeological investigation of the site it quickly goes wrong.
There were over 1500 Royal Observer Corps bunkers constructed during the Cold War and their history is fascinating. It is part of the fun of writing my crime novels to research the background, whether it concerns a novel forensic method or archaeological technique.  In the plot of  “Stone Tomb” the bunker plays a significant part so it was fortunate there is plenty of material available on the underground posts so I could ensure I got my facts right.
“Stone Tomb”, the ninth book in the “Yorkshire Dales Mystery” Series, will be published by Viridian Publishing on 31st July.
Susan will be signing copies at Tennant’s Craft & Gift Fair on 4th & 5th August and at Berry’s Farm Shop on 12th August.


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