Crime Scene September Newsletter

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

It’s a 5 ⭐️read!

My review

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

My non-fiction project (3) GOOD NEWS!!

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

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This month I’m delighted to recommend to you Lies to Tell by Marion Todd, published by Canelo on 25th June. In fact, I’m recommending the whole series.

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

My non-fiction project (2) – the plan

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

My non-fiction project (1)

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

Recommended new read for May

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Each month in the Crime Scene Newsletter I preview a new release for the coming month. In May’s newsletter, I looked at Small Mercies by Alex Walters, published by Canelo on 11th May.

This is the first book in Alex Walters’ new Detective Annie Delamere Series.

Book info

A killer is sending a message – but for who?… Read the rest