It is that time of year again, where darkness rules and the heady days of summer seem like a lifetime ago. Winter's chill is taking its toll and the only respite is the thought of a little Christmas cheer, here and there. But there is only so much that the Christmas Markets, Plätzchen and Glühwein … Continue reading The Glooms by Marijka Bright
Here is a wonderful review and well written synopsis of my debut novel, ‘Underneath the Killing Tree.’
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this short story by the author but have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
On a sunny morning in 1920, Emlyn Quinn is found hanging from the linden tree on the lushly landscaped estate of Loxley Hall. Ruled as a suicide, her passing is dismissed by the local authorities and may have gone unnoticed had it not been for Mary. Mary Loxley, Emlyn’s kid sister has returned to Loxley Hall from Paris after receiving a cryptic message for Emlyn just days earlier. Convinced that Emlyn’s death was not a suicide but a murder, Mary is determined to uncover the truth.
In present day, Detective Inspector Andy Bliss is called to a gruesome crime scene in the industrial district. With the victim being the proverbial “one that got away” in the Detective’s history, he should…
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Agatha Christie first published The Secret of Chimneys in 1925. It is the first appearance in any of her books of Superintendent Battle (Here an Inspector) and it also features an amateur detective by the name of Anthony Cade. Image sourced from Amazon.com and used under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: The Secret of Chimneys
Limerence is a relatively recent addition to the English dictionary. The word was coined in 1977 by an author who was looking for a word to describe someone who was in a state of infatuation. Some people mistakenly use it as a noun to describe someone who is in love - however their is a … Continue reading Word of the Day: Limerence
I once knew a cat named Nefa. I was never certain as to whether she was named after the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, or if her name came about due to her notoriously sinister actions. Nefa enjoyed sitting high above, swiping her sharpened claws indiscriminately at all who passed! Regardless of the origins of Nefa's name … Continue reading Word of the Day: Nefarious
To be completely frank, I had never known the exact meaning of the word perspicacity. I had heard it a number of times and had made an educated guess as to its meaning from the context that it had been used, however I had always been too lazy to pick up the dictionary and check … Continue reading Word of the Day: Perspicacity
Who would have thought that we needed to invent a word specifically to refer to throwing someone out of a window? But that is exactly what we have here. For those of you who have ever wondered about the meaning of defenestration - look no further. Defenestration is the act of throwing someone out of … Continue reading Word of the Day: Defenestration
Here is my short story - written for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize - the theme, Home is Elsewhere: THE TALENT SHOW It's all a cosmic joke. It must be. There's no other explanation for it. We were the only ones to make it out. The only ship to escape 'The Blackening' and yet we … Continue reading The Talent Show
My debut novel, 'Underneath the Killing Tree', has been on sale for a little under three months. Ever since it hit the shelves at the end of May there has been a whirlwind of activity and I haven't had much time to breathe, let alone do much else other than focus on my book. I … Continue reading A Few Things I Wish I’d Thought of Along the Way
Over the last few months I have been working hard to complete my first short story collection and today it has finally hit the shelves. Some of the stories you will recognise from my 10 stories in 10 days challenge (Edited and expanded upon of course) and other stories I have been working on for … Continue reading The Monsters in my Mind, Beat their Chests