Eden St. Michel – Available Now!

I'm away for a couple of weeks, stocking up my book reviews, so whilst I'm gone I'd just thought I'd post various reminders of the various fiction I've put out over the last year. If you haven't picked them already, then what are you waiting for? Who is Eden St. Michel? What Eden St. Michel…

Diana Christmas Available Now!

I'm away for a couple of weeks, stocking up my book reviews, so whilst I'm gone I'd just thought I'd post various reminders of the various fiction I've put out over the last year. If you haven't picked them already, then what are you waiting for? Why I had to write Diana Christmas Who is…

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

THE PICTURES is a book practically designed just for me. The old school Hollywood setting, the murder mystery, the compromised tough guys spouting tough guy dialogue at each other – this novel couldn’t be aiming any more for my sweet spot if it rolled me over and tickled my tummy after every chapter. And you…

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

The main problem with the Hercule Poirot novel, CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS – and I know this is not a criticism that Dame Agatha Christie would have welcomed at all – is that there just isn’t enough Hercule Poirot in it. It’s probably more than three quarters of the way through before the great Belgian…

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Here hammer takes serial killing, psychological trauma dressed up as demonic possession, a fear of sex and a whiff of lesbianism and turns it into something that almost appears classy. Well, perhaps that might be exaggerating the effect slightly. But it’s certainly taking the salacious and tawdry and giving it that little sheen of class,…

Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Pia Eatwell

This is the second Black Dahlia book I’ve read. The first one being the one most people with a passing interest in this case would have come across: James Ellroy’s superb fictional version. Obviously, like all great Ellroy, that’s an over the top and over-ripe version of the story. But reading this true-crime version, it’s…

Eden St. Michel – extract

My new novel, EDEN ST. MICHEL is out now and available at £1.99/$1.99 for the next week. Here, to whet your appetite, is a brief extract. From audio recordings made by Eden St. Michel, probably about 1970 “Exotic! That’s the dreadful word I was constantly labelled with. Exotic! As if I were a flamingo or…

Raymond Chandler: A Biography by Tom Hiney

Reading this biography, I found myself coming to like Raymond Chandler more than I thought I would. Through various articles I’d read, I had come to the impression that Chandler the man was cantankerous, rude and nothing like Philip Marlowe. (The very public recollections of Billy Wilder probably helped form that opinion, as the two…

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…