Rural crime

At the recent Crickhowell Literary Festival where I was lucky enough to be on a panel of Crime Cymru authors, our interviewer, Matthew Hall (who writes as MR Hall) asked an interesting question. Is crime fiction essentially something that has sprung out of the chaos of the urban environment? And, if so, is that a […]

A Year On…

What a difference a year makes. Last year, I went to Crickhowell Literary Festival to hear one of my favourite crime writers, Matthew (MR) Hall interview Matt Johnson, a crime author I’d only previously known as a speaker at the Bristol Crimefest. This year, I’m going to be interviewed by Matthew Hall myself, as part […]

Bloody Scotland

I had the nicest time at the Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival. Got to meet some lovely people, including my Air BnB hosts (who entertained me spectacularly, especially on the last night when we sampled quite a lot of GnT!) and the three lovely authors – Shona Maclean, Elaine Thomson and Kaite Welsh – who […]

Cardiff Book Festival

I’m delighted to be able to announce that I’ll be appearing at Cardiff Book Festival on the 24th of September with fellow Crime Cymru Author, Rosie Claverton. We’ll be talking about investigative duos and their popularity or otherwise. The thing  is, ever since Holmes and Watson, the detective double-act has captured readers’ imaginations but, these […]

Making hay while the sun shines

Haymaking’s been going on recently and, in a field near us, the small bales you can see in the photo (top left) were being carted. Unfortunately for the nostalgia-value, it was all done in batches of 8 with a grab on front of the tractor, but still, it took me back to haymaking when I […]

A tragic Rebecca-related death

This photo (with thanks to Dylan Moore) shows Holy Trinity church in Newcastle Emlyn. Though the church isn’t actually mentioned in None So Blind, it does have a link to the Rebecca Riots. There’s a memorial in the churchyard to a Trooper John Kearns whose epitaph runs like this: ‘He fell not in the battle […]