Word of the Day: Defenestration

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

Lord Edgware Dies: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Agatha Christie's, Lord Edgware Dies, was originally published in 1933. It is a Hercule Poirot mystery, written entirely from the perspective of his running mate, Captain Hastings. From the beginning, as Captain Hastings reminisces about the murder of Lord Edgware,  we are told that Hercule Poirot considers this case to be one of his failures … Continue reading Lord Edgware Dies: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons was first published in 1959 and centres on an exclusive girls' boarding school in England - Meadowbank. Image taken from Amazon.com sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book click here The story begins with a revolution in the Middle East where Prince Ali Yusef … Continue reading Cat Among the Pigeons

Sparkling Cyanide

My review of lesser known Agatha Christie novels continues with her 1945 novel, Sparkling Cyanide. It is the fourth in the Colonel Race series. Image sourced from Amazon.com and used under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book from Amazon click here.   "Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died … Continue reading Sparkling Cyanide

The Talent Show

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

A Few Things I Wish I’d Thought of Along the Way

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

Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery

Agatha Christie's novel, 'Nemesis', was first published in 1971. It is the twelfth in the Miss Marple series of novels and it contains specific references to characters from and the plot of 'A Caribbean Mystery.' It begins with Miss Marple perusing the obituaries and discovering that an acquaintance, Mr Jason Rafiel, has passed away. He … Continue reading Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery

Elephants Can Remember

Agatha Christie is one of the most well-known authors ever to have graced us with their talents. Her catalogue is one which I could only ever envy and her contribution to the murder mystery genre is second to none. Red-herrings, intricate plots, wonderful characters; her stories have perplexed and entertained us over the years. With … Continue reading Elephants Can Remember

The Monsters in my Mind, Beat their Chests

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

Goodreads Giveaway – Underneath the Killing Tree

Goodreads are giving away 5 copies of my debut novel, 'Underneath the Killing Tree.' If you haven't already seen it - here is a brief synopsis: The year is 1920 and Mary Loxley's sister has been hanged from a tree in the gardens of Loxley Hall. The authorities have ruled it a suicide, but Mary … Continue reading Goodreads Giveaway – Underneath the Killing Tree