Newsletter November 2014

Hi everyone and welcome to my newsletter.

One Last Lesson

The progress of One Last Lesson continues to surprise me. I thought I’d have to wait until my third or fourth book before I caught sight of the Amazon sales charts but here we are, not three months in and it’s up there and hovering around 20th position in Police Procedurals and the same again in Thrillers/Crime. A big thank you goes out to all who took a gamble on this new writer.

The New Book

The next one out of the trap and available on Amazon mid-November is called Driving into Darkness. DI Henderson is trying to catch a gang of car thieves that are smashing down doors with sledgehammers and stealing up-market cars. Their methods are becoming increasingly violent and inevitably, someone is killed. Henderson is under intense pressure to get a result but the more he digs, the more he realises he is driving down the wrong road.

Reading Recommendations

If you are on the look out for a good read, here are some books that I’ve been reading lately:

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

A thumping big book of 700 odd pages (Kindle format) which takes the reader on a journey through many countries and into the mind and methods of a clever and ruthless spy. Well written, exciting and entirely credible.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A tense and dark, two-person thriller with a surprise ending that will catch many readers out. Now a new film staring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike but with a different ending.

Derailed by James Siegel

This is a violent and edgy thriller with a great plot, written in a succinct, no-nonsense style. It was made into a film staring Clive Owen and Jennifer Anniston and having seen the movie and read the book; the book is better.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Not so popular in the UK but a huge hit in the US. It’s not the most exciting premise as nothing much happens when a woman attempts to walk the 1100-mile Pacific Crest Trail, trying to come to terms with her life after her mother dies of cancer but a very enjoyable read nevertheless.

Literary Festivals

There are over 350 literary festivals in the UK every year, just as many as there are pop festivals but a different sort of food for the brain. Here’s my pick of 2015 festivals and a place where you might bump into me if you’re there.

Hay Festival, Hay-On Wye, Wales, 21 May – 31 May 2015.

During the day, a rich mix of author interviews, lectures and discussions and in the evening, performances by several well-known artists and bands.

Theakstone’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, 16-19 July 2015.

As the name suggests, a celebration of crime writing in its many forms: books, television and the international perspective. All the big names in crime writing have appeared there over the years and it’s the place where the prestigious Theakstone’s Crime Novel of the Year is awarded.

Bloody Scotland, Stirling, September 18 – 21 September 2015 (likely).

Scotland has a rich seam of crime writers from Rebus in the east to Taggart in the west, not to mention DS McRae in that cold, windswept outpost they call Aberdeen. A relatively new festival but it’s rapidly gaining momentum.

Other Stuff

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