The Yorkshire Dales are my inspiration

The Yorkshire Dales are my inspiration

The mine entrance in the photograph inspired ‘Corpse Way’

  • Posted On: 3 September 2019

My first book, ‘Corpse Way’, is set in Swaledale against the backdrop of the lead mining legacy and the scenery of the ruined buildings and hills worn bare by the process of ‘hushing’ to expose the lead ore. This is one of the most intensively mined parts of Swaledale in 18th and 19th centuries. This mine entrance, which is featured on the cover of ‘Corpse Way’, is close to the Old Gang Smelting Mills, the largest remaining lead smelting mill in the Yorkshire Dales. Smelting began in 1797 and continued until 1907. It is a fascinating glimpse of the lead mining era, accessible from Surrender Bridge and well worth a visit.


‘Deadly Embers’ is at the printer’s

‘Deadly Embers’ is at the printer’s

I picked up the proof copy of ‘Deadly Embers’ last week

  • Posted On: 11 August 2019
It is always a slightly nervous occasion but I'm pleased to say it looks very good. The new format has a different font with more space between lines which gives it a pleasing appearance. The cover is very distinctive, reflecting the fiery themes that run through the book: “Dr Mills Sanderson can only watch as fire envelopes Yardley Forensics and destroys forensic evidence associated with important criminal cases. Tragically a body is discovered in the laboratory when the flames...

It has been a devastating time for the inhabitants of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale this week

It has been a devastating time for the inhabitants of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale this week

The floods have completely ruined farmland, cottages and stone walls in Langthwaite, Reeth, Fremington and Grinton

  • Posted On: 1 August 2019

Everyone has been rallying round to help and local businesses are working hard to re-open but it will be a long time before things are fully back to normal.The bridge on the road from Grinton to Leyburn has collapsed and the alternative road from Richmond has suffered a landslide, making access to the villages more difficult but hopefully this will not discourage visitors coming to our beautiful part of the dales.


The final piece of the puzzle

The final piece of the puzzle

Editing is the final, and very important, stage before publication of my novels

  • Posted On: 29 June 2019
I have just finished my first edit and disentangled a few loose threads. It is inevitable that there will be the odd occasion when continuity goes awry; for example where someone travels by car to a location then travels back by bike. However, strangely, in this book it seems that DS Nina Featherstone is getting quite forgetful and I have had to remove occasions when she has repeated herself, picked up an item belonging to the victim but never mentioned it again or had to rush off to see...

Grassington’s indie bookshop is a real gem

Grassington’s indie bookshop is a real gem

The Stripey Badger Bookshop is a lovely independent bookshop, with a tea room attached, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

  • Posted On: 10 June 2019
I was delighted that this village bookshop is stocking my Yorkshire Dales Mystery Series. The Stripey Badger is a family business owned by Linda Furniss and her son James Firth, while his aunt owns the Stripey Badger Coffee Shop and Kitchen next door. Customers can wander between the two, indulging in coffee and cake while perusing the shelves. There is a fantastic selection of books and I was able to pick up Milkman by Anna Burns and Circe by Madeline Miller [both shortlisted for the...

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