A delicious review of The Cairo Brief from the CWA’s delightful Dea Parkin, writing for Promoting Crime Fiction

“Atmosphere is as important as the slick plot and engaging story in this novel and it added hugely to my enjoyment. The misty gardens at Winterton Hall, the British Museum and surrounding streets in snow, all underpinned by that first spooky scene in the newly discovered tomb provoke delicious chills and put the reader very firmly in Poppy’s un-sensible shoes. A delight from start to a rewarding finish.”
- Dea Parkin, Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Read the full review here.

If you have read The Cairo Brief, please consider voting for it for the People’s Book Prize where it has been shortlisted for the best winter read of 2018/19. You can vote here.

Get That Novel Started

I am once again running my Get That Novel Started course at Newcastle Central Library. Sign up now if you’d like some guidance on how to make some progress with that masterpiece. And please also let your writerly friends know. Four Thursdays in a row in February. 5 – 7pm. £65. Must book in advance through Eventbrite. Click here to book.

Cairo Brief Blog Tour

This week Poppy and I are zooting around the internet on a blog tour for our latest book, The Cairo Brief. Do drop by if you have some time. Yesterday on Love Books I was talking about how my characters present themselves to me in ‘creative visions’. And today I’m talking about seances on Claire Musters’ blog, as well as the murky world of antiquity theft with Shelley Fallows. All sounds a bit dodgy, doesn’t it? ;) For links to those articles plus the rest of the tour, see the list below.