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A cosy chat about crime

Earlier this year, I took part in an author panel with fellow crime writers T A Williams and Debbie Young to talk about writing cosy crime. Here are some of my answers to the questions we discussed.

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Enjoy a cocktail with Percy Baverstock

Percy Baverstock is a favourite character from Death at Crookham Hall, so when I was invited to enjoy a cocktail with one of my characters, he was the perfect choice. We meet Percy at the Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Bar...

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Favourite poisons in 1920s crime fiction

Poison was a popular method of committing murder in 1920s and 1930s crime fiction. These are the decades considered to be the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, and cyanide, arsenic and strychnine were in plentiful supply in the novels of this period...

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Real life murder on the Basingstoke Canal

In my novel, Death at Crookham Hall, a murder takes place in 1920 in the real-life location of the Basingstoke Canal as it runs through Crookham. When I wrote this book, I had no idea that a tragic murder had taken place there in 1925…

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My inspiration for Death at Crookham Hall

Inspiration for Death at Crookham Hall struck in 2018 in the Houses of Parliament at the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Despite the Act, a third of women still couldn't vote, and the fight for equality was far from over...

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