Books

What I’m Reading In December 2

The rest of my bedside table stack comprises; ‘Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide’ by the ever-dependable Barry Forshaw. From anyone else a book that’s essentially a collection of suggestions for crime readers might not pass muster, but in Mr Forshaw’s hands it becomes an expert’s check-list of essential must-reads. ‘Operation Mincemeat’ by Ben Macintyre delves […]

What I’m Reading In December

As the papers fill with ‘Best Of’ lists we’re being presented with all sorts of interesting books for the winter months, plus some not-very-well-hidden PR promotions. Bookshops charge for table space and listings magazine charge for entries, so to counteract these here’s a selection from my current reading pile, my only agenda being enjoyment and/or […]

Little Boy Found

Nick drops his son off outside school and hits another car that’s pulling out. The driver is rude and refuses to give his insurance details, so Nick photographs his license plate. When he gets home and looks at the photo, he sees his son in the stranger’s back seat, being driven away… But this is […]

The Secret Life Of Books

It’s like having a sports car that no-one else is allowed to drive. I’m probably hurting my eyes, I thought, reading under the bedcovers with the worst torch my father, who had always been a cheap shopper, had ever bought. Having ploughed through every book in the house (not as hard as it sounds) I […]

Books! Books! Books!

  Do non-readers ever truly understand readers? I suspect not. Last night we happy few were ensconced in Heffers, one of the nation’s most delightful bookshops, talking about the crime genre. But newly returned from Cambridge, my head is still filled with Harry Potter. I did not personally enjoy the two volumes I read but […]

Bryant & May And The Exhausted Writer

Thanks everyone for some interesting suggestions about what to do with Bryant & May for their twentieth excursion. Some of these ideas have already been covered. I’ve written about the Blackheath plague pits twice before in short stories. The stories appeared in the shared-world ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ anthologies. When I was small much of the heath […]

Bryant & May And…What?

‘I see your lips moving but only nonsense comes out,’ said Bryant. ‘You might as well be French.’ Update: In three weeks’ time ‘Bryant & May: England’s Finest’ comes out in the UK featuring 12 new missing cases from the files of the Peculiar Crimes Unit and exploring the mysteries of the Covent Garden diva […]

October Events

Autumn, season of football, theatre and book launches! This is the month of the Frankfurt Book Fair, of the early Christmas book launches, of Oscar-contending films and ooh, let’s see *riffles through diary* why, the publication of ‘England’s Finest’! Yes, it’s the second volume of Bryant & May’s missing cases, twelve new cases, with all […]

The Men And Women From The Ministry

Further to a recent post about middle-aged men becoming obsessed with military books, I finally finished Giles Milton’s ‘Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ with, it must be said, a tear in my eye. This is partly because I connected with the subject matter via my parents, but also because of the bravura storytelling that brought […]

Off The Rails

Having just finished the new Bryant & May (except for what I call ‘the gloss’, which is a final  once-over to look at the language and make it a little more fluid and graceful) I was thinking about all the projects I have lined up, and wondering what was my favourite book to write. And […]