I’ve been so delighted with the reaction to THE MECHANICAL DEVIL and all the five star reviews it’s received on Amazon. Also many thanks for the wonderful review posted by the Puzzle Doctor, a gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting at the Dagger in the Library presentation at the British Library last June when I had the honour of being shortlisted for the award.


March has found me working hard, hunkered down against the Beast from the East and its little brother the Minibeast who came to make a nuisance of himself last week. As a matter of fact I was taking part in an archaeological dig during the blizzard on Saturday 17th March. Lots of layers and double gloves were the answer to the problem of freezing to death but, in spite of the weather, it was an enjoyable experience and we found the wall of a seventeenth century farmhouse (according to the ancient maps of the site) in the trench where I was working. Can’t wait to return to the site to see what else we can find.

I’ve now finished the copyedits for The Boy who lived with the Dead and that will be published in December, just in time for Christmas. I hope to arrange another launch for this second book in the Albert Lincoln Trilogy but more about that nearer the time.

More recently I’ve been working on Wesley Peterson’s 23rd case and, although the present draft is very rough indeed and it has no title as yet, things are going quite well. All I can say at this stage is that it features the ‘undead’ and ancient superstitions about the dead returning to haunt their communities.

On 7th March I visited Nottinghamshire again to speak at Arnold and Newark Libraries. I always enjoy going to Nottinghamshire and this trip was no exception. It was lovely to meet the enthusiastic readers and library staff and many thanks to Chris Jones for inviting me again. It was my first visit to Newark and I was thrilled to find that it’s such an interesting, historic place. The church there is most impressive and I was particularly fascinated to see a couple of panels from a medieval ‘Dance of Death’ there, depicting the living and the dead – very appropriate for the book I’m working on at the moment.

I’m busy at the moment organising some events, including an appearance at the Lymm Festival in Cheshire and a Murder Mystery at Neston in the Wirral (not to be confused with Neston in my Wesley Peterson books!). I’ll be at Waterstones Shrewsbury on Sunday 15th April (2pm – 3.30pm) Do come along if you can – it would be great to meet you!