Welcome to the November round-up of crime fiction goodies! As COVID restrictions begin to tighten, there’s plenty to keep crime fiction fans happy at home. November sees the release of some cracking new reads, and Book Week Scotland offers a host of online crime fiction events for us to take part in.… Read the rest
The DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten is fast becoming THE crime fiction binge read to get stuck into. 16th October sees the latest latest investigation, so make sure you get your hands on it. Perfect Dead gives us a glimpse of a particularly gruesome set of murders, and takes us into the mind of the killer as well as giving us a hair raising ride while he closes in on Maggie’s friend Kate.… Read the rest
Welcome to the round up of criminal goodies for October! This month there are more events to look forward to, and we feature the Portobello Book Festival on the front page.
There are plenty of new book releases to get your teeth stuck into.… Read the rest
Welcome to the round-up of September’s crime fiction goodies. August saw the end of an era, with the last of VNATB (for now). We put the spotlight on the phenomenal Victoria Watson and Simon Bewick, who brought us the the virtual get together week after week during lockdown.
There’s plenty of new reading material to choose from, with the much anticipated bonanza of book releases.… Read the rest
Set for release on 24th August is the latest Inspector Jim Carruthers book from Tana Collins, In Deep Water. Having read an advance copy, I can say the series has gone from strength to strength, and this is by far my favourite one. There’s a particular depth to this fifth book, not only with the character development that’s grown with the series, but also in the brooding Isle of May – a mysterious and perfect setting for the story.… Read the rest
I am excited to share with you the news that I have won the inaugural All About Stamps Competition. My entry was a piece entitled The Year that Books United the World, and tells the remarkable story of World Book Year, which was held in 1972. Here it is, and below, you can read a little about what inspired me to put it together.… Read the rest
Marion Todd’s Detective Clare Mackay series is fast becoming a favourite of mine. It follows DI Clare Mackay, who is determined to make a new start in Fife following a difficult episode in her Glasgow life and career.… Read the rest
Now I’ve taken the first step in preparing my book on the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world – deciding what’s actually going to be in it.
A book like this takes a lot of planning. It involves researching the topic, and finding and purchasing the stamps that will illustrate the story.… Read the rest
This is the page where I’ll be sharing progress with my non-fiction project, a book about, erm, books. But with a difference – this is about the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world. It combines my two lifelong hobbies, writing and stamp collecting. I’ll be posting monthly updates on how it’s coming along.… Read the rest