‘Unnatural Death’ by Patricia Cornwell – a review

Unnatural Death is what? Unnatural Death is a murder mystery investigated by medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, the star of a long series of novels. The title refers not only to to the fact that the story is about a murder investigation, but also to the discovery of an...

Words have power – try learning Mahjong!

Words should matter – not only to writers Words influence how we think and what we do. For us writers, words are obviously the tools of our trade, but other people use them all the time too. It is easy to forget how important they are and how we could use them...

1979 by Val McDermid – Reviewed

1979 is not only a date! 1979 is the title of a murder mystery novel by Val McDermid. The reason for the title is that it is set in that year, although it was published in 2021. The author managed to research, write and publish her novel during Lockdown. A feat I too...

Risk should inform your plans

Risk is part of life Risk arises whenever we do anything and even when we do nothing. Your aim, whether in business or in your personal life, should not aim to eliminate it. That would be impossible as well as undesirable. We need to balance one risk with another. We...

Epiphany is almost here

Epiphany is what? Epiphany is the day Christians celebrate the 12th day of Christmas, the 6th of January, the end of Christmastide. It is traditionally the day of the visit of the magi. The shepherds seem to have been the only visitors to Mary, Joseph and the baby...