Tag Archives: Thriller

Vital Statistics: The Thistlewood Curse

Continuing my series on the “vital statistics” series of my each of my gothic mystery novels, this week, I’m delving into The Thistlewood Curse. Title: The Thistlewood Curse Plot: Can a ghost murder the living? Lawrence Crane’s powers of astral … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics: The Birds Began to Sing

For the next few weeks, I’m running a “vital statistics” series on my each of my gothic mystery novels, beginning with The Birds Began to Sing. Title: The Birds Began to Sing Plot: When aspiring novelist Alice Darnell enters a … Continue reading

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Stories within Stories

I’m currently reading A Book of Bones by John Connolly (part of the Charlie Parker series). One element that struck me as quite effective was the use of stories within the main story. My favourite section so far involved rival … Continue reading

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Writing Update: “The White Nest”

To say 2020 hasn’t gone the way I expected so far would be an understatement. However, in one respect it has gone to plan: I have just finished the first draft of my latest novel. I won’t announce the title … Continue reading

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Fancy a gripping read?

Fancy a gripping, page-turning supernatural mystery? Why not check out any of the five novels below. I refer to them collectively as the “Spooky Quintet” (a silly collective term, I know). Each one features a nail-biting central mystery, a tenacious … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Invisible Man

HG Well’s classic novel The Invisible Man has no real bearing on this film, which uses the concept and little else. Not that it matters. The Invisible Man has been riffed very effectively throughout cinema history, in everything from James … Continue reading

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Film Review – Knives Out

Knives Out is an exceptionally well-crafted old school murder mystery from writer/director Rian Johnson, recalling various Agatha Christie greats, and related twisty-turny films such as Sleuth. If like me you are a connoisseur of the genre, you will find much … Continue reading

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Film Review – 21 Bridges

Director Brian Kirk’s 21 Bridges is a fast, exciting, no-nonsense cop thriller which in its disciplined 99 minutes manages to deliver in satisfying if not ground-breaking style. Featuring a strong lead performance from Chadwick Boseman, it recalls the great cop … Continue reading

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How scary are my novels?

I’ve had a lot of people ask about the level of scariness in the novels from my “Spooky Quintet” (yes, it’s a rubbish umbrella name, but it’s temporary until I can think of a better one). As I’ve said in … Continue reading

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Christmas Present ideas

If you are scratching your head this year over Christmas presents, why not consider giving one of my novels? At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have written across a variety of genres and therefore have “something for … Continue reading

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