‘A marvellous entry in this excellent series, one of those books that  you have to keep reading but hate to finish. Highly recommended.’ [Stage Fright]



Short Stories

A Trick of the Light
A contemporary ghost story, something of a departure for me. There’s conflict between a woman and her step-daughter and something gets in through the gap between them . . .

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The Lammergeier Vulture
A story that is close to my heart as it was the first I ever wrote. I’m delighted to have it read so sympathetically by Jonathan Danz.

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Don’t You Hate Having Two Heads?
Visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, it struck me that it would be a marvellous setting for a short story and here it is.

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A Tour of the Tower
This short story was inspired by a holiday spent in a top floor flat actually in the cathedral close in Salisbury.

First published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 2010.
Short-listed for a Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Award in 2011.
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Fishy Story
It was during a visit to the London Aquarium that I had the idea of telling a story from the point of view of a fish.

First published in Original Sins, the 2010 CWA anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
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Guest Blogs and Articles

Discover how a Swedish cemetery was the inspiration for my new novel, Invisible. Read my guest article on Martin Edward’s blog DoYouWriteUnderYourOwnName

People sometimes ask if I am a full-time writer. Well, yes – and no. Find out more on Crimetime

Hidden Treasures
In Footfall I explored the world of the independent library. During my research I discovered many hidden gems, some of them wonderfully eccentric. Find out about them here.

First published in The Author, Winter, 2006, vol CXVII, NO.4
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I Know Where the Bodies are Buried
The life of crime-writer is very different from that of an academic. Or is it? Find out in this article I wrote for the Mystery Readers’ Journal.

First published in the Academic Mysteries 202 issue of the Mystery Readers Journal, Vol 22, Number 4, Winter 2007-8
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