Thursday, 2 July 2015

You're Booked : for Theakstons Crime Writing Festival

My bookshelves are up on the You're Booked site today, where I'm talking about Lolita, Zuleika Dobson, Patricia Highsmith, Shredni Vashtar and how not-reading breeds bigots and bores.

You're Booked

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Someone Else's Skin needs YOU!

I'm chuffed to bits that Someone Else's Skin (my first novel! The one that sprang Marnie Rome on the world!) is shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award. This is the bit where they throw it open to a public vote for 15 days, so it would be amazing if you could give it a leg up by voting (and getting friends, colleagues, acquaintances, strangers) to vote too. You have to give your name, city and email address, but otherwise it’s dead easy. Thanks!

Vote here!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Someone Else's Skin in the Radio Times

Giddy with excitement to see Someone Else's Skin in today's Radio Times, and reviewed by the wonderful Alison Graham who is their TV Editor (and critic) and one of the judges for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year (for which Someone Else's Skin has been shortlisted). Alison calls it, 'A heck of a debut that introduces a heck of a detective.' Happy!

From 1-15 July you can vote for Someone Else's Skin online. Check the details here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

BritCrime Summer School: An Introduction to Crime Fiction

If you're an aspiring crime writer, or just a very keen reader of crime fiction looking to expand your knowledge of the genre, do sign up for the first ever BritCrime Summer School: An Introduction to Crime Fiction. I'll be popping in to lend a steer and some cheers, plus a critique for one (or more) of the writers who submit work at the end of the course. The course tutor is Tom Bromley. The Professional Writing Academy's introduction to writing courses normally cost £129, but BritCrime readers can book the BritCrime Summer School using the code BRITCRIME to receive the special festival rate of only £99/$159 before midnight, 10th July.

More details about BritCrime can be found here.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


On Saturday 11 July, I'll be at the first ever BritCrime Festival (an international festival, online and free to attend) chatting about strange police cases with Eva Dolan and Fergus McNeill.

For a preview, go here.

Do sign up to the BritCrime newsletter for giveaways, prizes and all the latest crime writing gossip. This is going to be huge and you can say you were there at the outset.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Someone Else's Skin nominated for a Macavity Award

Truly deeply madly chuffed to see Someone Else's Skin nominated for a Macavity Award (Best First Mystery Novel) in the States. Great to see Alex Marwood's The Killer Next Door up for Best Mystery Novel, too.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015