• #BrackenIsBack… and then some

    March 15, 2019 by

    The second part of our Ben Bracken news comes with the announcement that my great publishers Endeavour Media have given the go-ahead for another Ben Bracken thriller, due Summer 2019. I’m absolutely delighted by this news, and elated to be bringing more Ben Bracken to readers. THE PENNY BLACK will see Ben Bracken in exile,… Read more

  • A new name, a new look…

    March 8, 2019 by

    Behind the scenes, the cogs have been whirring for some time on what’s coming next in my writing career, and after a great deal of discussion, I can happily report the answer to this will be: A LOT. The news and plans will be dripped through as things are confirmed, but myself and my super… Read more

  • Keep Reading, Keep Writing

    February 11, 2019 by

    A lot of the best things in life start with something simple – in this case, it was my phone ringing. It was an offer to come and work with young readers and writers in one of my local schools – an opportunity I immediately jumped on. When I was younger, I was very keen… Read more

  • Flowers Over The Inferno

    January 23, 2019 by

    Last week, I was in the throes of reading an advance copy of Flowers Over The Inferno by Ilaria Tuti (thanks to Netgalley and Orion!), and I knew I was onto something. It was gradually carving out that corner which exists in every reader, where pure, enthralled enjoyment is stored. It’s only now that I’ve… Read more

  • REVIEW: ‘Run And Hide’ by Alan McDermott

    August 22, 2018 by

    I’d been a fan of Alan McDermott’s work for some time, having got hooked on the high-octane, pure thrills of his excellent Tom Gray series – so when I was afforded the opportunity of an early read of his new book, Run and Hide, I leapt at the chance. This is the first book of… Read more

  • COVER REVEAL: CROOK’S HOLLOW

    December 28, 2017 by

    Thrilled to share the cover art and preorder information for my next book, ‘Crook’s Hollow’, coming from Black Rose Writing on 22nd March 2018.   BLURB:   “In the quiet village of Crook’s Hollow, almost exactly between Manchester and Liverpool, land and pride are king.   And now someone has just tried to kill Thor… Read more

  • A Wanted Man – Paperback available to preorder NOW

    November 27, 2017 by

    Delighted to share that the paperback edition of A WANTED MAN is now available for preorder through the links below – coming 18th December – can’t wait to see it in the flesh. Amazon UK https://tinyurl.com/ydews2jr Waterstones https://tinyurl.com/yands8ot

  • The Book That Changed Everything

    November 14, 2017 by

    Post originally published on Literarily Speaking on 13th November 2017 (link). The Book That Changed Everything I grew up in Croft, a small village in the north west of the UK, a stone’s throw from Manchester. Only 3,000 people lived there, and it was a sleepy community bordered on all sides by farms. Once a… Read more

  • The Breaking of Liam Glass, and trying something a little new…

    July 13, 2017 by

    Let me preface this little brain-squeeze by saying that I can’t recall reading any satire before, so the finer nuances of the genre may be a little lost on me. I came by The Breaking Of Liam Glass through my wonderful publicist Linda MacFadyen, and liked the sound of what the pre-publication soundbites were saying… Read more

  • The Dry and its amazing claustrophobic openness…

    July 7, 2017 by

    I grabbed The Dry by Jane Harper on a whim, having seen that beautiful jacket and read half a line of the synopsis. I think I’d clicked BUY NOW before I’d even realised I’d done so. I’m a huge sucker for atmospherics, mysteries, fascinating locations and dark backstories. So me and The Dry hit it… Read more

  • New books and ripping reads

    June 29, 2017 by

    Originally posted on MurderMayhem&More:
    The crime files are over-flowing right now with big-name blockbusters and outstanding indie authors. In fact there’s too many to fit into this round-up of ten intriguing titles, so come back in a fortnight for more gripping criminal activity. In the meanwhile we’ve a superb selection of police procedurals,…

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