Writing Mystery Using Research Methods Taken From Writing History

I am delighted to be a guest on fellow thriller writer Alison Morton’s* blog today. As I turned from writing history (as Sophie Perinot) to writing mystery, I discovered that being a historical novelist had given me a fierce research toolbox and that those tools can benefit writers in every genre! Interested in my shortlist…

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Finding Notes In Books—it’s not just a plot point

My novel, And by Fire, involves a collection of “case notes” discovered by my modern London detectives—DIs Nigella Parker and Colm O’Leary—but written by a pair of amateur sleuths more than three-hundred-fifty years earlier. Tucking things away in books not unheard of. I find everything from receipts to old school pictures tucked in mine. But…

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Where in the World is AND BY FIRE?

And by Fire has been out in the world for a little over two months now. And when I say out in the world, I MEAN IT. I am getting jealous! My mystery novel is connecting with readers in so many great places—from the UK to Alaska! Thanks to the readers who have thus far…

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Looking for an Hour’s Worth of Bookish Fun to Watch?

Looking for an hour’s worth of bookish fun to watch this weekend? How about this . . . Goat communes, documentary film making, fire tornados, London’s 1-square mile and its 2 separate police forces, botany, women in academia in the 1920s, and how fully-formed characters have a life outside of detecting (even if some of…

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More Reader Praise for AND BY FIRE

It’s been less than one month since And by Fire released and I continue to be awestruck by the reader love my novel is receiving. Today to celebrate, I am sharing some of my favorite recent review quotes, illustrated by yours truly. Pleasing the Anglophiles . . . As a Yank, getting the tone right…

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It’s UK National Crime Reading Month!!!

Hey UK friends and readers—it’s time to CELEBRATE crime. Crime Fiction that is. Today, June 1st, marks the start of the United Kingdom’s annual “National Crime Reading Month,” an event spearheaded by the UK Crime Writers’ Association! National Crime Reading Month (and we REALLY need one on this side of the pond) “aims to bring…

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