Miss Clara Vale on location!

Are you a fan of 1920s murder mysteries or historical cosy crime? Have you read or are about to read the Miss Clara Vale Mysteries? Join me as I take you to various locations for the ‘Picture House Murders’, published by Embla Books – while wearing vintage style clothing I made from original 1920s patterns. In this first video I visit Exhibition Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, the location of the Great North East Coast Exhibition in 1929, and one of the key scenes in ‘The Picture House Murders’. You can also read about how I made the outfit! Click link below:


Books for trees!

One of the reasons I chose to sign a contract with Bonnier Books is that they are an ethical publishing company committed to becoming carbon neutral. So I was delighted, yesterday, when I received an email from them telling me that for every book they publish they plant 10 trees – and I could choose where ‘my’ trees go! They partner with a number of reforestation projects around the world, and their latest one is in the Eastern Cape, on the outskirts of Addo. This is where my husband’s family live and where we met, at Rhodes University, over 30 years ago now.

So, thank you for buying The Picture House Murders. You will be contributing a couple of leaves to those trees! ?


man planting a young tree

Publication day for ‘The Picture House Murders’!

Lights, camera, action! It’s publication day for The Picture House Murders, the first in the Miss Clara Vale Mysteries. Is it too early for champagne? While I ponder that, you can get your copy now! Ebook, print or audiobook via Amazon, or order a copy through your local bookshop. Embla Books, Bonnier Books UK

Order your copy here!

Clapperboards and the reel of film lie on a wooden board.

Magnificent Seven Women Detectives – featuring Miss Marple & Poppy Denby!

Delighted to see that Poppy Denby has been named as one of the Magnificent Seven Amateur Female Detectives in Shots Magazine! Poppy will be tickled pink that she’s in there with Miss Marple. She doesn’t know who the others are (Agatha Raisin, Margery & Thyme, Vera Stanhope, Jessica Fletcher, Delilah Metcalfe and Abby Knight) as they are after her time, but she was thrilled to learn about them! Thank you Antony Johnston author of the delightful Dogsitter Detective series and SHOTS Magazine http://shotsmag.co.uk/feature_view.aspx?FEATURE_ID=531

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