The government may be in meltdown but I’m organised for the next few months…first up, First Monday Crime on February 4th at City University (and the Blacksmith & Toffee Maker after) here. I’ll be launching ‘The Lonely Hour’ on March 21st at Waterstones Covent Garden (and probably at the Lamb & Flag, which features in the novel) and I’ll be at the glorious Aye Write! festival in Glasgow on April (and in the pub again no doubt).
I have already delivered a second Bryant & May book to be published in October of this year called ‘England’s Finest’. Following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes it’ll be another collection of missing cases which have been mentioned in the Bryant & May novels. This will feature another Bryant & May Christmas story, entitled ‘Bryant & May and the Seventh Reindeer’, and will finally sort out the mystery of the body that was found in the basement of the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
I’ve delivered the massive ‘Complete Short Stories (1986 – 2019)’ to my agent, but now I need to find an evocative title for it. In March I’m also due to deliver my new standalone novel, working title ‘The Maid’ – I’m very pleased with this unorthodox (again!) thriller, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m prepping another Bryant & May novel for the following year, and behind these is a larger project, a novel about the early days of London. There are various audio/visual projects in the pipeline too.
Sitting up here in my little glass box looking down on the frozen dome of St Paul’s this morning, I feel alone in the city. So let’s have a bit of playout music which will prove evocative…