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‘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...

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A Short History of Crime Fiction

A Short History of Crime Fiction

Are you searching for the history of crime fiction novels? You have come to the right place! This latest blog will explain everything you need to know about the history of crime fiction novels. Crime fiction, a genre that's all about suspenseful narratives and clever...

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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 better....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Reviewing your plans or your life? There’s still time.

Reviewing is part of the planning process Reviewing is essential if you have a plan covering more than one year and this is the time of year to do it. Even if you plan only annually, you need to review last year's plan and see how it worked out. This applies to New...

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Plan to do something smart this coming year

Plan for your New Year Resolution Plan what you will do in the coming year. This is the time to think ahead. It is also the time to look back and ask what happened to your 2023 Now Year's Resolution(s). Review your business plans too. Take time to assess your...

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Chapter One of The Key to a Murder

Chapter One of what is here? Chapter One of The Key to a Murder is here so as to give you a taste of it.  See my recent post about this book to get some context. The Key to a Murder: Chapter One Falling accounted for 6,217 out of 530,841 accidental deaths in 2019....

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Frank Hill will be back

Frank Hill is Who? Frank Hill is the hero in Accounting for Murder,  the series of whodunits I have been writing. He last appeared in New Money. Now I have written The Key to a Murder which is not part of that series as I said in a previous post. Accounting for Murder...

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Crimefighting and religion: can they mix?

Crimefighting and religion don't always seem compatible Crimefighting and religion are both elements in my new book The Key to a Murder.  How does that make sense? My hero is a young man studying theology (aka divinity) at university when he learns his father's death...

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