Words

Tommy and Tuppence: How can TV get them so wrong?

A presentation I made at an Agatha Christie conference last year: Tommy and Tuppence: How can TV get them so wrong? I only have to think ABC and I shudder. What were they thinking? Poirot needs a makeover let’s make him a priest responsible for the death of dozens of...

Maisie Dobbs: How World War I is reflected in Truth and Lies.

I presented this paper at “Voices of women in the Great War and its Aftermath” 2018 at The Black Country Living Museum: “Maisie Dobbs: How World War I is reflected in truth and lies.” I’d like to start by giving some background and context to the period immediately...

Three Extraordinary Detectives

I gave this paper at Captivating Criminality 2017 at Bath Spa University: Mrs Paschal, Miss Gladden and Miss Brooke: Ordinary women, extraordinary Detectives. As Stephen Knight writes in “Crime Fiction Since 1800: Detection, Death, Diversity,” ‘…the creators of the...

Murder Through the Eyes

This was a paper I gave at the Criminal Heritage: Crime, fiction, and History Conference at Leeds Beckett University. It's rather a pretentious title, but it does involve one of my favourite crime fighters Maisie Dobbs. Her creator Jacqueline Winspear is a very...

Utrecht Snow Assignment

I wrote this as part of my MA at De Montfort University about my novel Utrecht Snow. i was quite pleased with it as a piece of academic work as I do find the difference between academia and a straightforward writing piece quite difficult to guage. I do find sometimes...

Erin Flood

I wrote this a while ago. I just love the name Erin Flood. I don't know where it came from. Then there is the name Eminy, not sure if I made that up or found it somewhere: “Erin Flood” extracts from a work in progress “I’ve just fallen out of love with you.” “Nice…” I...

My First Publication

This is the first piece I ever had published. It was online with Paragraph Planet, a forum for 75 word pieces. Lost Love Every night it breaks my heart as he speaks of his love for my mother who he still thinks sleeps upstairs. To have loved so many years and then to...

Irene Huss

I presented this paper at the Noir in the North, University of Iceland crime fiction conference in Reykajvik in 2016. Many wonderful experiences during this visit. Iceland is amazing. It was so cold, but what a beautiful cold. The scenery was incredible. a fabulous...

AiméeLeduc

I gave this paper at Bath Spa University   Aimée Leduc is the punkish private detective created by Francophile American author Cara Black. Aimée lives in Paris and has so far appeared in fifteen novels, the latest about to be published in the UK. The plan is for her...

Simenon and Maigret

I enjoy writing and talking about crime, be it at crime conferences or in the comfort of my own home. Its not all about listening to myself speak though, i do like to look deeper into the characters that I read about. It is not a forensic academic look, but more from...