What ‘Eden St. Michel’ means for me

EDEN ST MICHEL is published today. You can get your copy here for the currently remarkably reasonable price of £1.99/$1.99. In EDEN ST. MICHEL, I’ve written my first love story. That might seem a surprising claim. A quick glance at the cover will give away that there’s a dead body on it. So, from that point…

The Outsider by Stephen King

I’m finding this an oddly tough review to write. There were parts of THE OUTSIDER that I really, really enjoyed, and there were parts so unengaging I skim-read them. And I hate it when I skim-read! But what made that lack of attention on my part so particularly annoying, was that the book started out…

Who is Eden St. Michel?

My new novel, EDEN ST. MICHEL is published next week and is available for pre-order now at the low price of £1.99/$1.99 (but it won't stay at that price for long!) Below is a taster of where our heroine is at the start of the book... When I think of Eden St. Michel in the…

The Hunter by Richard Stark

Imagine you’re Donald Westlake in 1961/1962. You’re a struggling writer, churning our four or five novels a year under a variety of names and across a number of genres. Then one day you finish a book named THE HUNTER under the pseudonym Richard Stark. A book about a ruthless, super thief named Parker who finds…

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Reading IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE in the time of Trump is a hugely depressing experience. So much of his rise is here in a book written in the 1930s. There’s the nationalism, the populism, the demonization of ‘the other’. There’s the making enemies out of anyone who has the temerity to disagree with him. What…

Me, Hitting Deadlines, in 2018

I missed the slot for my writing diary last week, didn't I? I'm wracked with guilt as a consequence. But here's the thing,  I'm going to miss the next few weeks as well. I have various self imposed deadlines for 'Screen Siren Noir' volumes 3 and 4 and they're in August before my long awaited…

The Blue Room by Georges Simenon

Apparently, Simenon thought that his Maigret novels were his job, while it was his other crime novels that were his passion. It’s easy to see how as a writer he’d reach that conclusion. Whodunnits, after all, have to follow a template; they don’t really work unless they adhere to that template. However other types of…