I do hope everyone’s keeping well in these difficult times. With a severely restricted Christmas on the horizon the only bright spot is the thought of settling down with a good book and I must say I’ve enjoyed being transported into another (pre-lockdown) world by reading crime novels (and writing them of course).

The good news is that the third book in my Albert Lincoln trilogy, set in the north of England in the aftermath of WW1, is now out in hardback and ebook. THE HOUSE OF THE HANGED WOMAN begins in 1921 when a Member of Parliament goes missing in a Derbyshire village and DI Albert Lincoln from Scotland Yard is sent to investigate. Does the naked body discovered at an ancient stone circle belong to the missing MP – or is the case more strange and complex than Albert could ever have predicted? This is the final book in the trilogy and I’ll be very sad to leave Albert behind (you’ll have to read the book to find out how his dramatic story ends!)


However, since finishing THE HOUSE OF THE HANGED WOMAN I haven’t been idle. I’ve recently embarked on a brand new crime fiction venture, although I don’t want to say too much about this yet – more news to follow, hopefully! I’ve also completed my next Wesley Peterson mystery (entitled THE STONE CHAMBER). My editor loved it and it will be published in the middle of next year. I can’t believe it’ll be Wesley’s 25th case – and, as I keep getting new ideas for the series, it definitely won’t be his last.

Lockdown has been such a challenging time. Not only have I missed meeting up with friends and family but not being able to get out and about talking to readers at libraries and bookshops has been horrible. All events for 2020 were cancelled, of course, as well as some I had booked for early 2021, but with the vaccine imminent (I have my sleeve rolled up already – can’t wait to get back to normal!!!) hopefully things will improve soon.

On a more cheerful note, I’m not sure how many people will realize that Wesley Peterson’s latest case THE BURIAL CIRCLE has a decidedly seasonal flavour! It’s set in the run up to Christmas in a small Devon village – and it even features a Santa’s grotto!

the burial circle

Very best wishes for Festive Season – and Happy Reading.