Spring has arrived!

Spring has arrived!

The better weather has finally arrived in time for the late lambing season that we have here in Swaledale.

  • Posted On: 23 April 2021
Now, with the days growing longer and the evenings lighter, I would normally begin a series of dates throughout the year, talking to groups about my crime novels. This year is different for obvious reasons and I have just re-organised a booking from next month to May next year! It is disappointing but as we gradually emerge from lockdown things will begin to get back to some kind of normal. Meanwhile I am busy editing the first book in a new series. For readers who have asked when they might...

Solving the mystery puzzles

Solving the mystery puzzles

Have you noticed how fictional detectives enjoy crosswords and other puzzles?

  • Posted On: 13 March 2021
Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse is a good example of a crossword solving policeman, indicating his astute mind and ability to solve clues, however obtuse they might be. I sometimes manage to complete the cryptic crossword in my paper but recently I have been doing jigsaws in my spare time. It began with the traditional picture of a garden but soon I found Escher’s “Waterfall” tucked away. It is grayscale and very repetitive – so that took a while. But now I have...

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Despite everything let’s try to be positive!

  • Posted On: 1 January 2021
No-one wants to have another year like the last one and we all hope that rolling out the vaccines will eventually get the virus under control. Meanwhile we all need to keep safe and carry on. So how did you keep going during 2020? Gardening seems to be a common theme and I certainly spent a lot of time in the summer weeding, pruning and generally keeping my garden in the best shape ever. Once autumn arrived it was back indoors to a combination of books and jigsaws. I have enjoyed reading a...

Will it be a white Christmas?

Will it be a white Christmas?

We’ve already had snow in the Dales

  • Posted On: 11 December 2020
Something magical happens when the snow falls – everything goes very quiet.  Traffic slows down to a crawl and noises that normally echo across the Dale are muffled. We are suddenly able to see evidence in the tracks of the animals that are usually hidden from view: deer, stoats – or is that weasel? Children appear with sledges to spend the morning sliding down the hillsides and there is excitement when the snowplough arrives. My book “Frozen Ground” is set...

On my way to the Stripey Badger Bookshop

On my way to the Stripey Badger Bookshop

I stopped near Gunnerside to get a shot of the book cover against the original landscape

  • Posted On: 31 August 2020
Last year I gave a talk at the bookshop in Grassington to launch my new book but this year it was very different. With the current restrictions due to Covid-19, I arranged to drop into the bookshop with my new crime novel to sign a few copies instead. The numbers of customers allowed in the shop at once is limited so I didn’t stay too long – Grassington was busy with visitors and I didn’t want to hold up business! Residents of Grassington are looking forward to the start of...

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