Many apologies for the delay in writing this diary. As well as being out and about doing a lot of events, I’ve had my new editor’s changes to my next Wesley Peterson mystery to deal with on a strict deadline. But never fear, it’s all done now and DEAD MAN’S LANE will be out in February.
The first week in September saw me back in lovely Dartmouth, one of my favourite places in the world, seeing old friends and new. My book signings in the Waterstones stores in Plymouth and Torquay were most enjoyable and it was lovely to visit The Dartmouth Bookseller to sign books there and meet a lot of lovely readers (who didn’t seem to mind at all that I’d transformed their beautiful town into the murder capital of the South West – fictional, of course). While I was in Devon I also travelled up to the north of the county to speak at South Molton Library and it was great to meet everyone there.
No trip to Devon is complete without a pilgrimage to Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway (a tough but rewarding walk there from Kingswear and the steam train back). This year I even had the privilege of sitting in Dame Agatha’s chair in the boathouse (where David Suchet’s excellent version of Dead Man’s Folly was filmed), an honour bestowed because I said I was a crime writer!
It seems to be the season for Murder Mysteries and earlier this month I travelled to Nottinghamshire to present my mystery ‘Death at the Dig’ (a lighthearted tribute to the Golden Age of crime fiction, played strictly for laughs, usually by brave library staff). It was put on at Mansfield library in the afternoon and Worksop library in the evening so it felt as though I was ‘on tour’. It was great fun. The same week I presented my other mystery ‘Murder in the Lemon Grove’ at my local library and then it was back to the nineteen twenties again for ‘Death at the Dig’ at Northwich’s lovely half timbered library in Cheshire – where they even had the ‘victim’s’ outline on the library floor and the murder weapon for the audience to examine. A good time was had by all!
At the moment I’m busy organising a launch for the second novel in my new Albert Lincoln trilogy which is out on 6th December (just in time for Christmas). THE BOY WHO LIVED WITH THE DEAD sees Albert travel up to the North West of England again, eighteen months after the traumatic events described in A HIGH MORTALITY OF DOVES. But I’ll say more about that next time.