Special Offer

Over the past weeks we've been discussing the artwork to be used for the cover of A Brush With Life with the publisher. Front runner at the moment is Special Offer as it is an intriguing work that leads into Peter's interest in the animals, plants and peoples of the South American rainforests. The brash... Continue Reading →

That Was the Year that Was

In January and February 2021, it snowed, then it snowed again. If this had been a movie it would have been called Lockdown III: The Return of Tedium. I watched a lot of foreign films, took snowy walks and put time into promoting my Jeffrey Flint backlist when it was re-released by Lume. I also... Continue Reading →

Why the Protest?

Greta Thunberg will not save the planet, and nor will Sir David Attenborough. Climate activists are frequently criticised for not offering solutions, but that is not their role. That role is to protest, make a noise, send a message through to that silent majority who will never pick up a placard or type an angry... Continue Reading →

Not Writing but Digging

Do one thing and do it well, they say. Well, my profile says ‘author and archaeologist’ so I’m hedging my bets. The manuscript of my new thriller Blackshirt Masquerade is with Level Best’s editors in the USA, and although I have a rough first draft of the sequel, I’m not intending doing more work on... Continue Reading →

Writers Unlocked

It felt like a return to normality, a real live crime writing conference with actual live authors. Zoom conferences never did it for me – I’d quickly drift off, or busy myself doing something else whilst my camera was off. This July saw the welcome return of the Theakeston’s Crime Writing Festival at the Old... Continue Reading →

Photoshoot

In the build up to the launch of my next novel I need a new 'author photograph'. Thinking forward I will need a set of images that can be used for different purposes, yet carry a coherent brand image. For many years I used a black-and-white photograph by the talented Alice Turian. She captured the... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Nostalgia

What? You ask. It’s horrible, I hate it, why on Earth should anyone be nostalgic for lockdown? We might ask the same about ‘the Dunkirk Spirit’, where we cover up the memory of one of Britain’s worst military defeats with the veneer of a victory. Or the ‘Blitz Spirit’ where we imagine plucky Londoners defying... Continue Reading →

Murder on the Move

A great many crime writers choose a single location for their crimewave, and their books become associated with that place. So, Miss Marple solves mysteries in the fictional St Mary Mead, Morse in Oxford and Rebus around Edinburgh. Often crime readers say how they enjoy a crime series set in a single town, and they... Continue Reading →

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