T G Campbell, who runs the Bow Street Society and writes gloriously detailed murder mystery novels set in Victorian England, recently included me in her new Writers' Wing. You can read the full interview here. I highly recommend trying T G's books if you enjoy traditional British murder mysteries.
The Poisoned Vol-au-vent is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle devices as well as Apple iBooks and will be released on 1 September 2017. The Poisoned Vol-au-vent Who poisoned the canapés at the cocktail party? Suburban society was backstabbing enough… now it’s deadly. After a mysterious stranger arrives in Ashwold, a new bride is found … Continue reading Pre-order The Poisoned Vol-au-vent on Amazon now
I tend to read mysteries based on character and plot, but the detail and scene setting in A Christmas Malice really elevate this story and bring it to life. It's a wonderful, often poetic read as well as an intriguing puzzle. All the characters are very well drawn, with both human warmth and human frailty, … Continue reading A Christmas Malice by John Bainbridge
Death at Delphi is being serialised on Radish Fiction. Radish is a great way of reading stories, both free and paid, via a free iPhone or Android app. Try it here.
It's very exciting to announce that my latest Murder Mystery novel, The Lock, has just been released on Amazon and iBooks, as well as some other platforms. There is also a paperback version. The Lock was fascinating to write. It's two stories in one: the tale of Perry Beck's past and how he came to … Continue reading The Lock – now available on Amazon
My new murder-mystery novel, a very British "cosy" story set in Oxford, is available for pre-order on Amazon.
What a delightful read this was, albeit with the poignancy always present in a murder mystery. A young housemaid has been found murdered and police and villagers are snowed in as the investigation takes place. Nearly everyone is hiding some kind of mystery or secret. The characters are very well drawn: those that appear … Continue reading The Holly House Mystery by John Bainbridge
A Seaside Mourning is a hugely enjoyable and sensitively written work. There were plenty of juicy red herrings, and macabre moments, but as a cosy mystery it retained an elegance along with plenty of fascinating detail. The sinister yet poetic description of an exhumation has lingered in my mind. The main character, Abbs, is appealing … Continue reading A Seaside Mourning by John Bainbridge
Fascinating detail, highly evocative of the historic period.The Case of the Curious Client: A Bow Street Society Mystery has a rich plot and characters, and is a good choice for those who like British crime fiction and novels set in Victorian times. There are many interesting historic snippets, for example about hansom and hackney cabs. … Continue reading The Case of the Curious Client by T G Campbell
Endless Night is a very interesting and unusual work that somewhat stands out from many of Christie's other novels: like The Pale Horse or Crooked House, it's rather in a league of its own. It has a distinctly 1960s setting, which would have been contemporary when Christie wrote it but is now charmingly vintage. Whereas … Continue reading Endless Night by Agatha Christie