Tag: crime fiction

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Researching Roman Britain

The most recent 5* review on Amazon for my RomanoBritish mystery, The Governor’s Man, opens with: “If you thought nothing much happened in Britain between the Roman conquest and the arrival of the Saxons, then think again! Rebellion, corruption, murder, Brits attempting to take back control from Rome.” The reviewer […]

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Love and murder will out.

So says the Restoration playwright and poet, William Congreve. Murder (of the fictional variety) is, of course, very dear to my own writing heart. So it’s a great pleasure for me to welcome my guest on this month’s blog, the talented and prolific crime writer Val Penny. We’ll be talking […]

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The glamour of a writer’s life

Saturday 7 August. Venue? St James the Great churchyard, Colwall, Herefordshire. Occasion? 9.00 am, the opening Saturday of the inaugural Colwall Arts festival, that prestigious and long-awaited new cultural blockbuster of the Malvern Hills. My first ever live marketing event. Me? Lone writer with tiny gazebo among 30 other artists […]

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A long Roman road

The Governor’s Man, published in May 2021 by Sharpe Books. In my last blog in April, I described my emotions on securing publication for a novel that had taken years, on and off, to write. Since then I’ve been grappling with how it feels to be published, and marvelling at […]

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The Governor’s Man heads for Britannia

Last time, I was bewailing my lack of progress in getting my Roman mystery novel The Governor’s Man noticed by anyone with publishing intentions. Today I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole. Everything Has Changed. In less than two weeks from first query, I have signed a contract with […]

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Roman murder and mayhem coming …

Five months ago I realised Covid wasn’t going to disappear anytime soon. We never stood much of a chance of avoiding the second wave, let’s be honest. As it turns out – how can I state this modestly? – I was right. So I needed a distraction, and I found […]

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Death in New Zealand

Or maybe … Murder DownUnder/Death in the South Pacific. If you’re following our latest travel blog, PeteandJacDownUnder, you’ll know we’re currently on holiday in New Zealand. We’re combining seeing dearly-missed family with a trip we’ve promised ourselves for many years.