Seven Steps to Murder – AVAILABLE NOW

Paperback and kindle e-book editions of SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER are both now available from Amazon.

If you are a member of Amazon Prime you can also download the kindle edition for free (as you can with each of my books).

I do hope you enjoy reading it.

I am now pressing on with the final few chapters of DEATH UPON THE LONESOME WILD, which is a future Gertrude Harrington mystery, before knuckling down to edit THE MASTER OF PROPHECY and MURDER BY THE BOOK.

Publication date

I am in the process of changing my existing paperbacks from CreateSpace Publishing to KDP. The books will be the same except with matte covers instead of gloss. The Pricing will alter slightly, but it will mean these paperbacks won’t be available for a few days.

Hopefully it will link together on Amazon the kindle and paperback editions, which should make things easier to find.

This is all being done to coincide with the publication of SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER, which should be available on Thursday.

I will be updating the links page when the books are available.

Spring Fever

Spring has well and truly sprung! Our local Wildfowl Trust has had a plentiful arrival of ducklings, and the swans had 3 safely hatched cygnets (although sadly there is now only one – one died overnight a couple of weeks ago, and another was nabbed by our local predatory fox!)

On the writing front: SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER is almost ready, and so I should certainly meet my deadline for publishing at the end of the month.

When I’ve completed the editing of this new book, I have a couple of chapters to finish on what will be my sixth Gertrude Harrington novel. It was originally called MURDER BY THE LAKESIDE, but the title has now changed to DEATH UPON THE LONESOME WILD, which comes from Wordsworth’s poem ‘Lucy Gray’, which features heavily in the novel.

It’ll be a while before you get to read that book though.

Once I’ve finished that, I shall be heading back into editing territory to get THE MASTER OF TIME ready for publication in the autumn. Some of you might have spotted the cover for this final book in the Sawyl Gwilym Chronicles in the header of the website. Here’s a closer look.

2 The Master of Time

And just because I’m kind, here is a close up of MURDER BY THE BOOK – the second Gertrude Harrington Mystery that is also coming before Christmas.

3 Murder by the Book

I shall be back at the end of the month to let you know when SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER is finally available.

In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather.

Easter Treat

Happy Easter to you all.

I thought I would offer a tantalising glimpse of SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER, which is due out next month.

The book is a stand alone Murder Mystery, about a group of seven strangers, invited to a secluded house – for what reason?

Cut off by the elements, they must work together to discover the motive for their mysterious invitations.

But they are picked off, one by one.

Who is killing them, and why?

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1 Seven Steps to MurderPRELUDE

Cuthbert Waterfield requests the pleasure of your company at West Cliff House, Hinchcliffe-on-Sea at 6pm sharp on Friday August 5th to discuss matters of the utmost importance.

It will be in your very best interest to attend.

RSVP to: Poste Restante, Hinchcliffe Post Office by August 1st


I arrive on the secluded private beach at Hinchcliffe-on-Sea as the tide slowly begins to come in. For the time of year, the weather has turned decidedly inclement, and looking across the English Channel toward the darkening horizon, it seems to my untrained city eye as though a storm is brewing.

My pocket-watch makes the time a quarter-before-six, and although not convinced of the accuracy of my heirloom timepiece that once belonged to my grandfather, I am nevertheless relieved to be on time. On the not particularly smooth drive down from the city, I became increasingly frantic that I might miss the tide.

The beach isn’t the easiest place to find. You must leave the main coast road before you get to Eastbourne, and then park in an area of sandy dirt – which I know will become a quagmire after the impending storm. There is then a quite perilous trek down to the private strip of rocky beach, which is only accessible at low tide – hence today’s 6pm timeframe – and then there it stands: West Cliff House.

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So, there you have it – the beginning of SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER.

When the book is available, I shall post on here – so stay tuned.

In the meantime – HAPPY EASTER!



New Books coming in 2017

I thought you all might like to know I am in the process of getting three new books ready for publication this year.

Yes – THREE.

In May I will be publishing a new Murder Mystery novel called SEVEN STEPS TO MURDER, which is narrated in the first person as events unfold for seven strangers trapped in a secluded house. Each one was invited there by its owner, who denies all knowledge of sending the invitation, and one by one these ‘guests’ are killed. But by whom, and why.

In September I will finally be publishing THE MASTER OF TIME, the sequel to Master of the Scrolls and The Master of Prophecy. It brings to an end the saga of Sawyl Gwilym, the Storm Lord, and his sisters, the mysterious Maidens of Earth, Fire and Water – the children of Mother Nature and Father Time. Most of the characters from the first two books are back, including Gloria Schofield and her family, and Matthew Silverthorne and his family. Neville Hill, Ravenscreag and Four Oaks feature heavily, and the book ties up ongoing plotlines from both previous books in what I hope is a satisfying conclusion. Hopefully it will be worth the very long wait. The book has had a very long, tortured gestation period, but it’s finally coming.

And then in November I will be publishing the second Gertrude Harrington Mystery, MURDER BY THE BOOK, which follows directly on from Death on Swift Wings, resolving the twist at the end of the first book and plunging Gertrude into a nightmare scenario where she must face demons from her past. Someone is copying the murders from the crime novels of Lavinia Rushbrook – the latest of which has just been published and features the death of a writer. Can Gertrude solve the crimes before Lavinia becomes the next victim? Who is copying the murders in Lavinia’s books, and why?

So there we have it – my plans for the coming year. I shall be working hard to polish, edit and make the books available on the stated months, both as paperbacks and as ebooks for kindle. They are already written in their first draft form so hopefully I shall be able to stick to this timescale.

Over the coming months I shall be making available the first chapters and cover art from these titles for your enjoyment.

Stay Tuned.

Discounted & Free kindle titles

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of them becoming available as kindle e-books, MASTER OF THE SCROLLS, THE MASTER OF PROPHECY, PORTRAIT OF SHADE & THE FIVE TORS will all be available for free for 5 days from Friday 17th February.

During the same period, DEATH ON SWIFT WINGS will also be available for a mere 99p.

Look for them on Amazon, or use the links on MY BOOKS page.



Christmas seems to come around quicker with each passing year. It never gets easier to find that perfect Christmas gift.

Books make great gifts, and with 9 days until Christmas Day, there is still time to purchase a copy of DEATH ON SWIFT WINGS for a friend or loved one… or to just treat yourself!

Check out ‘MY BOOKS’ page for links to this and my other novels.

And in the meantime, may I wish you all a VERY  MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Promotional prices on older titles

Click the following link to see my books, and for one week only, the kindle editions of MASTER OF THE SCROLLS, THE MASTER OF PROPHECY, PORTRAIT OF SHADE & THE FIVE TORS are available on Amazon’s websites at reduced prices. The earlier you purchase, the cheaper they are. Offer ends on Sunday 20th November, and does not include the paperback editions or DEATH ON SWIFT WINGS.