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At Long Last

Due to a number of unfortunate family difficulties beyond my control, book 5 in my Nine-to-Five Gangster Thriller Series has been a long while coming.  Hopefully, THE GOOD the BAD and the DEAD will be equally well-received by those who have enjoyed reading the first 4...

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Dylan

To paraphrase the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, this, for me, is A Hard Day’s Morning’s Work, not in working ‘like a dog’, as the words of the song go, but in writing about our beloved greyhound, Dylan, who, after bravely recovering from a fractured ulna in his right...

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In the Beginning

This was the first of my thirteen Mrs Charles Murder Mysteries and that is me, sitting at my desk in what was then our London home.  ‘A Nice Way to Die’ was the original title of this novel.  It had just been published in the UK and this photograph was used with a...

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A Hard Day’s Work

It really is a hard day’s work, but I love putting on my gangster hat and then sitting down at my computer to lose myself in writing another East End Nine-to-Five Shelter gangster novel. which, I have no hesitation in admitting, unleashes the Jekyll and Hyde persona...

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You Never Know Who’s Watching You…

The excitable little guys featured in the heading for this blog on my latest Mrs Charles murder mystery have been hovering in the wings for a very long time, polishing the lenses in their binoculars while waiting for this big moment to arrive.  I hope they aren’t...

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A Sad and Sorry Tail

It certainly has been a sad and sorry tale for Dylan, our rehomed, fourteen-and-a-half-years-old, retired racing greyhound.  He’s the handsome guy wearing the red house collar in my photo and was a casualty of a failed marriage before finding a new home with us nine...

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Paperback Paperback

‘And I want to be a paperback writer…’  So goes a line from the Lennon/McCartney lyrics of their song, “Paperback Writer”.  I, too, want to be a paperback writer.  But like the song says, ‘I need a break’!  Not from trying to be a paperback writer – I am that already...

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Heigh-Ho

For many weeks now I have been wearing my second hat – the posh one on the right usually inhabited by a long-eared guy – while putting my crime fiction writing to one side to work with my husband, Alan (a designer of handcrafted mini-magic apparatus), on another...

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An Ant and An Elephant

It’s always nice to read or hear of a family’s support for the chosen career of one of their close members and I only wish I could say this was something I have enjoyed. I started writing very young and as a five-year-old, wrote a story for a school project which...

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Murder Mysteries

The answer I give when asked where I got the idea for the first of my current twelve Mrs Charles Murder Mysteries has to be credited to my husband’s late aunt whose tongue was even sharper than Margaret Sayer’s, one of the characters who feature in the majority of...

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