Friday, 13 December 2013

Update to 'Writing Stuff' tab - see above.

My latest 'Beginners' page in Writing Magazine... and a plug for my book 'Write On! - The Writer's Help Book' - available as an ebook or paperback.

For details, see here

STOP PRESS! If ordering the Kindle version, you get it at A BARGAIN PRICE!!!


Saturday, 7 December 2013

BBC Radio interview

A lovely, fun interview by BBC Radio Northampton's John Griff in connection with their Book Club Book of the Month, 'Death on the Marais'.

In the studio is the charming Ahlam Yussef, of Northants Libraries, who is one of the volunteers (!) charged with reading and talking about the book each month.

You can listen to the entire interview here (go to about 1hr 16mins on the slider at the bottom for the beginning intro), which is available for the next 6 days.

John Griff was his usual engaging, supportive and witty self, and conducted a terrific interview with great humour and obvious interest in his subjects.

If you like the sound of  'Death on the Marais', it's available in hardback, paperback, audio and ebook. It might also be in your local library. If it's not - ask them to get a copy!

'Death on the Marais' - the first Inspector Lucas Rocco novel (there are now 4).


She was going to die. She could feel it, her life ebbing away as surely as fine sand through fingers.
France, 1963. It’s a time of great change, not least for Inspector Lucas Rocco. As part of a nationwide ‘initiative’ to broaden police operations, he finds himself moved from the Paris metropolis to a small village. His new patch might be rural, but it’s certainly not uneventful: on his first day, he finds a murdered woman wearing a Gestapo uniform lying in a British military cemetery. When the body is removed by order of a magistrate from the police mortuary before Rocco can finish his investigation, he realises he’s up against a formidable enemy. An enemy who will go to any lengths – even murder – to stop his investigation.

"Deserves to be ranked with the best." - (Daily Mail)

"France's answer to Jack Reacher!" - (

"...a brilliant debut, a great read and terrific fun. Excellent!" (Books Monthly)


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Review of 'Death at the Clos du Lac'

It's always lovely to get a nice surprise for Christmas, and never more so than when a book receives an excellent review. In this case it's 'Death at the Clos du Lac', my 4th Inspector Lucas Rocco novel,  which is available NOW (in case  your Christmas stockings have a spare space in them, or you know somebody who would like a copy in hardback or ebook). The paperback will be out in April 2014.

The lovely review comes from Linda Wilson in Crime Review, and I am indebted to her for such kind words about Lucas, the French cop in the 1960s.

To quote her: " my firm favourite amongst fictional French detectives."

Picardie, France 1964. The exclusive Clos du Lac sanitarium. A man is discovered standing in the therapy pool. But he's not there for his health; someone has chained him to the bottom and left him to die very, very slowly.

Inspector Lucas Rocco believes it's an unusual and elaborate method of execution. But nobody seems to have heard or seen anything, the staff are resolutely unhelpful - or dead - and ministry officials sent from Paris to 'assist' attempt to impede Rocco's efforts to find answers.

It is soon clear the Clos du Lac is no ordinary sanitarium, and holds secrets that the authorities feel are better left hidden. And a high-level kidnapping mounted in an attempt to derail France's new trade agreements with China means Rocco now faces threats from more than one quarter of them a rogue government assassin.


Signed H/B copies available from Goldsboro Books, London