A dead ferret called Arthur

It’s been a few months since I made the promo film for Poppy Denby’s debut in The Jazz Files. If you want to see it pop over to www.poppydenby.com However, that’s exactly what I’m talking about in my guest article on the Crime Readers’ Association blog. That and a dead ferret called Arthur.

Two corpses. In the end I couldn’t bring myself to wear it (you can see how happy I was) and Arthur does not appear in the final film.


A grand ending to 2015 with The Jazz Files being listed in the top 10 books of the year by Rather Too Fond of Books blogspot and being put on the favourite books of all time shelf! Happy New Year everyone from me and Poppy :) You can see the top 10 books here.

The Peace Garden

In all of the buzz around the autumn release of The Jazz Files I almost missed this lovely review of my ‘first child’ The Peace Garden. It’s a romantic thriller cum coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of Apartheid. Although it came out in 2011 people are still buying and reading it. It’s a special book to me as – although it’s not autobiographical – it contains so much of my feelings about living in South Africa, and England. Thank you Belinda for a thoughtful review. The reviewer, Belinda Chaplin, is a South African living in Bosnia so knows a bit about being a ‘stranger in a foreign land’. Read The Peace Garden review here.