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Events

A couple of dates for your diary, both of which I'd greatly appreciate your support with.

On Tues, 16th March, at 10am, I've been asked to open the new Hospiscare shop on South Street in Exeter.  It'll specialise in books, art and music and I'm delighted to help.

Hospices do some wonderful work - I've seen that at first hand, with members of my own family - so please do pop in.  If you can't make the launch, then bear in mind the shop's there if and when you're shopping in Exeter.  It's a fine cause.

Looking further ahead, on... Read more

A taste of spring

I see a sure sign of warmer and lighter times ahead - invitations are starting to come in to appear at various book festivals. 

It feels to me like people are starting to sense the end of the winter, and time to reactivate a few social events after the long cold days of late - perhaps even humans go through a form of hibernation?!  And who'd blame us, given the weather of the past three months?

As the events come in, I'll pop them on the news page www.thetvdetective.com/news.html so keep an eye out there.

A couple of... Read more

Truro and Facebook

Firstly, thanks to all those who came along to Truro library yesterday for the Crime Day.  I enjoyed it greatly and it was a pleasure to meet you all.

The new library looks superb - a wonderful use of the space and so light.  It's such a transformation compared to how it was.  It'll make a great focal point for the city - I hope to be invited back to see you all again.

Now, onto Facebook.  As those of you who amuse yourselves with my scribblings will know, I'm doing my best to keep up with these new ways... Read more

Truro

A quick reminder of an entertaining time to be had down in Truro on Friday (19th Feb).

The library has had a big revamp, and is holding a series of events to celebrate.  Friday is Crime Day, and I'll be there to talk about the tvdetective books.  There are more details on the news and events page - www.thetvdetective.com/news.html

I've got a few things to tell you about the new book, The TV Detective, plus plans for the next novel, The Balance of Guilt.  And yes, if you're interested, no doubt I'll pop in a few anecdotes from my... Read more

Audio books

A copy of the audio version of The Death Pictures has arrived at Hall Towers, and is causing me some mixed feelings.

It's great to be asked to narrate my own books - I just know that if an actor had done it, I'd have taken issue with just about every different voice and inflexion he or she used for the characters.  Not that I'm precious about the TV Detective series or anything, but they're my friends; mine, mine, mine!

So, it's a compliment to do the recordings myself, but it sure is odd to hear your own voice coming... Read more

Birthday

Morning, and apologies for being out of touch for a while.  I can now confess the reason is that it was my birthday and I've been away for a little celebration.

No, before you ask, I'm not saying how old I am!  But thanks to the kind people who got in touch to wish me a good day.

Back to the writing, and there are a few things to mention. The TV Detective is now well and truly published, the review copies have gone out to various papers, websites and magazines, and that means I get nervous, waiting for the... Read more

Plots

A question arrives in my inbox - how do I get the ideas for my plots?

A mixture of ways is the answer.  Some just come to me, as did the concept for Death Pictures - just that one thought for how a code might work was enough to base a book on.  Evil Valley came from seeing the actual place - albeit under its true guise of Evil Coombe - on a map of Dartmoor.

Others, like The Judgement Book, come from a mix of my weird imagination, and things I see or hear - I think Judgement Book... Read more